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A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger

Upon occasion my characters will hijack my author blog. Today, Madame Lefoux has hijacked this blog. She hopes you enjoy it, Fashionable Reader.

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
 Right: 1828-1830  The Victoria & Albert Museum
A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
 Left: 1937  The Victoria & Albert Museum

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
 First: Evening Suit  1885  The Victoria & Albert Museum, Last: Tuxedo  Jeanne Lanvin, 1927  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger

A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
 Wedding Stock  1835  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger
 Sally Victor, 1944  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

So, Fashionable Reader, I am procrastinating terribly and have decided to post one of my occasional book outfit posts. Today, we will take a look at Changeless.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Book the Second of the Parasol Protectorate is all greys and black and teal. I've two outfits influenced by this book and formal one, as you see above and the flowing, which is more casual.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

I love Alexia's dress on this cover, it's probably my favorite. In fact, I had it made up for me from Clockwork Couture.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger


Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

 One of the things I really love about the Changeless cover is the range of teal to turquoise in both the dress and an script background slashes.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Here are some Retro Rack friendly images I've collected inspired by this cover, starting with some fun vintage pieces.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger
1912 Tunic dress Museum Purchase

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger
 1930s Timeless Vixen Vintage; 1932  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger
 1940 nov; 1953 Norman Norell  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger
 1960 Hubert de Givenchy  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1961 Roger Vivier for Dior,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Here we have some retro images.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger


Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger


Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

And here are a few modern takes on this color pallet.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Some interior design inspiration from this color pallet.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Something for Sophronia to wear in the Finishing School Series

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger
1860s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something for young Prudence to wear, in between the Parasol Protectorate and the Parasol Protectorate abroad books.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger
1885 Girl’s Dress  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

And I will leave you with . . . cake!

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

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Gail Carriegr Wears Teal in Menlo Park

I like teal. But I had to recover from the 80s in order to do so. It took a teal silk 1850s dress at Dickens Fair for me to learn to like it again. (While I still have the dress, I don't have any photos of it and it's in storage at the moment, sorry.) And then, oh then, Orbit produced the cover of my second book . . .

Gail Carriegr Wears Teal in Menlo Park

I knew they would be sending me out to sign and I figured I had better dress to match the book. (Because that is the way my mind works.) Fortunately for me, I found this lovely Diesel jersey dress at a Crossroads Trading in San Francisco for about $20.

Here I am in Houston at Murder By the Book with two lovely fans in the dress last year.

It fits me like a glove and I can't gain a pound but I love the bow and the cut. This was the dress I chose to wear for the Keplers signing, last Thursday. I paired it with white for Houston and with black for Menlo Park.

Gail Carriegr Wears Teal in Menlo Park
Thanks to Soulswallo for the picture.

You can see the kick pleats over the thighs in this picture. Did I mention I love this dress? Well I do. Teal is a great transition color, it works for retro or modern.

Gail Carriegr Wears Teal in Menlo Park
1960 Teal & Black

And here are some ideas on how to take it to the street.

Gail Carriegr Wears Teal in Menlo ParkGail Carriegr Wears Teal in Menlo Park
Bloggers: Left = Target Shoes, Vintage Dress, Target Hat, Old Navy Jacket and Right = Everything Normal in 2009

Here's a similar style teal dress in plus sizes.

Gail Carriegr Wears Teal in Menlo ParkGail Carriegr Wears Teal in Menlo Park

But what about the cover of Changeless? You may perhaps ask. Well, since the cover model happens to be a friend of mine. And she happens to own Clockwork Couture. And the dress happens to be for sale there in rust. I pulled some strings and asked particularly if she might make it for me in teal as the basis for a steampunk outfit. Of course, I've augmented it with a velvet under drape and bustle and a hat. I plan to add more black lace as well.

Gail Carriegr Wears Teal in Menlo ParkGail Carriegr Wears Teal in Menlo Park
At Steamcon in Seattle 2010.
Book Outfits ~ Parasol Protectorate Omnibus Vol. 1 by Gail Carriger Gail Carriger Teal in Santa Clara ~ Nova Albion Steampunk Convention Outfit Day 1, 2013A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves from Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerGail Carriegr Wears Teal in Menlo Park

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