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Gail Carriger Wears a 1950s Style eShakti Gold Cocktail Dress for Competence Book Launch in Denver


I neglected to get a good photo of this one, but frankly given how fast everything was on this particular day, I'm glad I got any photos at all. It was all my author friend Lea Kirk, she rocks. She also writes some sexy sci-fi, if that's your thing check her out.

Anyway where was I?

Oh yeah, gold dress.

Here it is...

Gail Carriger Wears a 1950s Style eShakti Gold Cocktail Dress for Competence Book Launch in Denver

Me with awesome reader fans!

I paired the dress with some turquoise jewelry (to better match the cover), a vintage shell hat, gold sandals, and a big old octopus ring.

Gail Carriger Wears a 1950s Style eShakti Gold Cocktail Dress for Competence Book Launch in Denver


The dress in it's original form:

Gail Carriger Wears a 1950s Style eShakti Gold Cocktail Dress for Competence Book Launch in Denver

As you can see I lengthened the hem, added short sleeves, and changed the neckline, making it way more retro looking, because, you know, that's my JAM.

Gail Carriger Wears a 1950s Style eShakti Gold Cocktail Dress for Competence Book Launch in Denver

Here I am hamming it up as we marched down the street to Tattered Cover. Yes I'm wearing flats to walk a mile, I'm not a complete idiot. Of course when I got there I changed into gold sandals.

Outfit Breakdown! 

Gail Carriger Wears a 1950s Style eShakti Gold Cocktail Dress for Competence Book Launch in Denver

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Then & Now ~ Gold Evening Gown with a V-Neck


Then: For Monique

Then & Now ~ Gold Evening Gown with a V-Neck
Ball Gown  Emile Pingat, 1860  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Now

Then & Now ~ Gold Evening Gown with a V-Neck
2014 Altuzarra

Matched Merch

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.

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Then & Now ~ All About Gold Sleeves


Then: Something For Primrose

Then & Now ~ All About Gold Sleeves
Evening Dress  1890s  Antique Dress

Now

Then & Now ~ All About Gold Sleeves
2014 Dolce & Gabbana

Matched Merch


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.

Then & Now ~ Gold & Cream Gowns


Then

Then & Now ~ Gold & Cream Gowns
1900  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Now

Then & Now ~ Gold & Cream Gowns
2014 Sass & Bide

Matched Merch

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.

Then & Now ~ Old Gold Gown


Then

Then & Now ~ Old Gold Gown
1949 Venus  Christian Dior  The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Now

Then & Now ~ Old Gold Gown
2013 Fall Gold


Matched Merch


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.

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry


So this was the first eShakti dress that I purchased after the Rack Reduction. It's a little bit big and I need to work on the measurements that I give them if/when I order from them again.

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry

I ordered this just after the holiday season because I love the fabric. It's better in person but it has a peacock component with blues and pinks within the gold.  It's no loner available. It came with a sash belt and pockets (!) and I had the neckline altered to a wide V and short sleeves added because I wanted it to look more 1950s like this:

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Party dress, 1950s via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

I'm wearing it with short beaded cotton gloves (because of the heat in Kansas City) similar $15 in satin.

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry

The multi-colored hair flower is a gift (similar $10) and the shoes are modern MJ almond toe pumps (similar $30). I love them but they are wicked painful. The tassel necklace is a modern jet piece that I love (similar $17). I got it from Dark Garden years ago. I have a THING about tassel jewelry.

Tassel Jewelry a Retrospective


Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Watch Fob  1850  Lang Antiques
Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Pendant  1910  Bonham’s

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Brooch  Cartier, 1920s  Christie’s

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
1920s Necklace  1stdibs.com

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Brooch  Cartier, 1925  Christie’s

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Diamond and Pearl Necklace  Sterlé, 1955  Christie’s

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
2014 via 13 Amazing It-Bags to Seriously Invest in for Fall and Beyond on WhoWhatWear.com

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
2016 Saint Laurent Lolita tassel choker at ysl.com


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.

Gail Carriger's Bay Area Book Festival Outfits ~ Gold Dress meets Red, Black, and Leopard


My dear fashionable reader here is what I wore to the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley California over the weekend.

Gail Carriger's Bay Area Book Festival Outfits ~ Gold Dress meets Red, Black, and Leopard

Gold eShakti cocktail dress with custom modifications. (I added short sleeves and a wide V neckline.) I love the deep gores on the skirt and the sash belt. This is an old gold color (better on my skin then true gold or white gold) and it has a kind of peacock pattern with threads of black, blue, and pink throughout. I adore it. It looks great with a wide range of accessories. It's the only eShakti dress I've bought since the Rack Reduction, and it isn't a perfect fit, but I do adore it.

Gail Carriger's Bay Area Book Festival Outfits ~ Gold Dress meets Red, Black, and Leopard
Alex White, author friend and date, dressed to match.

I paired it with a dark tan AM CLOTHES Flower and Feather Hair Clip Fascinator $15. They have a number of different styles and colors. I have a couple of them and they pack nicely flat so I love them. Good for day or evening. I added steampunk earrings (gift from a fan, similar $20), gold gloves (similar $5), and robin's egg blue 1940s style platform sandals from Miz Mooz (discontinued, similar $36).


Gail Carriger's Bay Area Book Festival Outfits ~ Gold Dress meets Red, Black, and Leopard
Photo by Jacqueline Yau (@jyauzer)

My daytime look for Sunday's panel was this eShakti black poof skirt (discontinued, similar $35), and a long ago purchased red top from H&M. I paired it with Guess black wedge sandals with leopard heels (similar $27), vintage leopard bucked bag (similar $35) and a leopard skinny belt (similar $9).

Gail Carriger's Bay Area Book Festival Outfits ~ Gold Dress meets Red, Black, and Leopard

On top I am wearing leopard gloves (similar $15), a vintage leopard pillbox hat, and steampunk earrings (similar $17).

Any questions I haven't answered about my outfits? Ask them in the comments!

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.
Gail Carriger Wears a 1950s Style eShakti Gold Cocktail Dress for Competence Book Launch in Denver Then & Now ~ Gold Evening Gown with a V-NeckThen & Now ~ All About Gold SleevesThen & Now ~ Gold & Cream Gowns Then & Now ~ Old Gold GownGail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel JewelryGail Carriger's Bay Area Book Festival Outfits ~ Gold Dress meets Red, Black, and LeopardGail Carriger's New Acquisitions ~ Eshakti Meets The Updated RackThen & Now ~ White GoldThen & Now ~ Metallic Gowns

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