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In Fashion Memoriam: 1960s Pink Floral Maxi Dress by Gail Carriger


I enjoy writing little odes to my long lost closet items, Fashionable Reader.

In Fashion Memoriam: 1960s Pink Floral Maxi Dress by Gail Carriger


It is a way of remembering them, and chronicling my relationship with them. But it also reminds me why I got rid of them. Since occasionally I will get into a mode where I think back on on outfit with too much affection, and wonder why was so silly as to get rid of it.

Since I did a major closet purge recently, I'll be blogging a few of these outfits and dresses forthwith.

Today I'm looking with affection on this outrageous

1960s Floral Pink Maxi Dress

In Fashion Memoriam: 1960s Pink Floral Maxi Dress by Gail Carriger

I believe this dress started life as a bridesmaid dress. I can't imagine any other reason for this specific design with the train. It's just not quite right to be a prom dress or something along those lines.

I do love this particular style of evening gown from the 1960s, and I managed to find a few images of similar dresses.

In Fashion Memoriam: 1960s Pink Floral Maxi Dress by Gail Carriger In Fashion Memoriam: 1960s Pink Floral Maxi Dress by Gail Carriger
Pink: Hubert de Givenchy, 1965  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; B&W: 1960s via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Here is Audrey Hepburn wearing one of the style of dress.
In Fashion Memoriam: 1960s Pink Floral Maxi Dress by Gail Carriger
1962 Portrait of Audrey Hepburn by Luc Fournol, 1962  (Source- theredlist.com)

This particular style with the body is a completely different color from the skirt part of the dress is very indicative of the early to mid-1960s. I find it particularly flattering, because the darker top and busy or lighter colored skirt is flattering on those of us who are top-heavy.

In Fashion Memoriam: 1960s Pink Floral Maxi Dress by Gail Carriger

Also the plates at the waist line and the slightly poof out of the skirt, disguises all manner of sins in terms of the girl tum.

So it is with great sadness that I been this pretty goodbye, but we have had fun times together.

In Fashion Memoriam: 1960s Pink Floral Maxi Dress by Gail Carriger

What? 
Maxi dress with chiffon top with tiny pink bows and train, linen skirt with hand painted flowers. Probably bridesmaid.
Why? 
Too tight in torso, requires assistance to get into, linen doesn't travel.

Something for Felicity from the Parasol Protectorate Series?


In Fashion Memoriam: 1960s Pink Floral Maxi Dress by Gail Carriger
1886-1887 Evening Dress  Charles Fredrick Worth, The Philadelphia Museum of Art


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Black With Pink Print Maxi 1930's Style Dress from eShakti on Gail Carriger


So I have worn this dress 3 times, Fashionable Reader, but each time I forgot to take a photo. So this time I dragged the AB into the backyard to get one before I even LEFT for the event.

Black With Pink Print Maxi 1930's Style Dress from eShakti on Gail Carriger

Outfit Breakdown

  • Vintage hat (blog post about changing the color to black here)
  • Flower, gift from a reader. 
  • Glasses mirrored cat eyes, purchased in Ashland. Similar $8
  • Necklace, gold chandelier with pink stones, thrifted. Similar but a jellyfish, similar but pearls.
  • Chiffon eShakti maxi dress customized with added sleeves. Black with pink ballerinas (I like that they looked like fans) this dress no longer available but here is a lovely blue version. (Which I have ordered with elbow sleeves because I have no will power).
  • Black flats, I'm wearing simple pointed toe ones.

Black With Pink Print Maxi 1930's Style Dress from eShakti on Gail Carriger


Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Gail Carriger in Vintage 1960s Pink Maxi Dress for Sumage Solution Book Launch

The Sumage Solution officially releases today!

Gail Carriger in Vintage 1960s Pink Maxi Dress for Sumage Solution Book Launch

For my book launch at Borderlands in San Francisco last weekend, Fashionable Reader, I chose one of my more striking and least worn statement dresses. 

Gail Carriger in Vintage 1960s Pink Maxi Dress for Sumage Solution Book Launch

I can't for the life of me remember where I bought this maxi dress but my guess is it's late 1960s and possibly was intended as a bridesmaids dress. I love the silly little back pleated empire train, it feels very Grace Kelly. And the bows!

Gail Carriger in Vintage 1960s Pink Maxi Dress for Sumage Solution Book Launch

When I bought it, the bow and the back area needed some repairs but it's now good as new. Because the bottom skirt part is linen it doesn't travel well but it is pretty darn cool for a vintage dress. (Cool as in "not hot and sweaty".) At first I thought the flowers were hand painted but now I think it's a printed design. The bodice and the train are both chiffon.

Gail Carriger in Vintage 1960s Pink Maxi Dress for Sumage Solution Book Launch

See how it has those gores at the waist right under the tiny bows which happen to also line up with the princess seams on the bodice? That's the kind of detail you rarely get outside of vintage these days. 

Gail Carriger in Vintage 1960s Pink Maxi Dress for Sumage Solution Book Launch

I paired it with a...

Gail Carriger in Vintage 1960s Pink Maxi Dress for Sumage Solution Book Launch

I have on cute (but practical) flats from Aerosoles. I pretty much live in Aerosoles flats all summer. I don't like flip-flops, so flat leather sling-back slides are my thing. One of the reasons I love a maxi dress, I can safely pair it with flats. 

Gail Carriger in Vintage 1960s Pink Maxi Dress for Sumage Solution Book Launch

So there it is, hope you like the outfit.

Your,

Miss Gail


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You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.
Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I gets a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017


The second day of Steampunk Worlds Fair, Saturday, I wore this outfit...


Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

So I have had this dress hanging around my closet for a while, Gentle Reader.

Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017
Here I am wearing it a few different ways in France four years ago. It hasn't been worn a great deal since then, to be fair. 
Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

So because I thought it'd be hot, I busted it out the back of my closet to go with a foundation corset I have. 
Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

Throwing a bit of shade there, in more ways than one. I swear I don't have indigestion or anything. Anyway, I'm not sure about it paired with the corset as it's not great in the boob arena, even with a killer bra. Always a concern with underbust corsets.

Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

Outfit Rundown:
Disregarding the dress, purchased years ago at Nordstrom Rack, I'm wearing...
* Dark Garden Cupid corset which I mainly use and an undergarment.
* Cream glove, long, vintage cotton.
* Suspender nylon thigh highs for $15.
* Cream oxford wingtips (no longer available except in small sizes)

Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

 For accessories I have a blush flower hairband (similar $7), lace necklace (custom made for me by a fan, similar for $9), necklace watch ($5), pen necklace (silver $20), and bottle earrings (similar $8) you can fill them with whatever you like.

Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

Anyway, there it is, still not sure on keeping this dress. I suppose I'll see if I wear it again.

Hugs, my lovelies!

Your Miss Gail

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.
Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I gets a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.
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