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Happy New Year Fashionable Darlings! Drinking and Celebrating with Fashion from Gail Carriger


Happy New Year! Here's hoping it's a good one. Here are some fashionable shots of yours truly with bubbly (my second favorite beverage)...


Black 1930s style maxi dress (probubly 1970s) more on this outfit here




Pink 1930s style modern maxi dress, more about this dress here.

Happy New Year Fashionable Darlings! Drinking and Celebrating with Fashion from Gail Carriger

Turquoise eShakti with the agents at RWA, more about this dress here.


Happy New Year Fashionable Darlings! Drinking and Celebrating with Fashion from Gail Carriger

Gold eShakti  at Bay Area Book Festival, more about this outfit here.

Happy New Year Fashionable Darlings! Drinking and Celebrating with Fashion from Gail Carriger

Steampunk turquoise Changeless cover match, more about this outfit here

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 


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


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In Fashion Memoriam: 1950s Marigold Cocktail Dress by Gail Carriger


In here is another little ode to a long lost closet items Fashionable Reader.

In Fashion Memoriam: 1950s Marigold Cocktail Dress by Gail Carriger

I've worn this several time, mostly for evenings at WorldCons over the years and only 2 years ago I was lamenting to my BFF that it might be time to get rid of it. She persuaded me to keep it, but I haven't worn it since. So it's time...

In Fashion Memoriam: 1950s Marigold Cocktail Dress by Gail Carriger In Fashion Memoriam: 1950s Marigold Cocktail Dress by Gail Carriger

I still have the gloves, cape and hat, but t he shoes and glasses have also long since perished.

In Fashion Memoriam: 1950s Marigold Cocktail Dress by Gail Carriger


What? 
Dupioni cocktail dress in a marigold color, low neckline, bra strap keeper, very flattering cut and seaming.
Why? 
Too tight in shoulders and hips and sleeves, bit too long, needs someone taller than me with less broad shoulders.

Something for Primrose in the Custard Protocol Series 


In Fashion Memoriam: 1950s Marigold Cocktail Dress by Gail Carriger
Reception Dress  1895-1896  Augusta Auctions

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 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

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.

Then & Now ~ Gold Evening Dress


Then: Something For Alexia

Then & Now ~ Gold Evening Dress
1878-1879  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Now

Then & Now ~ Gold Evening Dress
2014 Anna Sui

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 ~ 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.

Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017


Perhaps I'm being inspired by Wonder Woman, I don't know for certain but I wore this outfit the last day of the convention.

Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

I call this my circus corset, because it feels like I ought to be ring mistress in it. It's from Dark Garden (like all my others) and was a customized fabric Christmas special based on their corselette style. I wear it all the time. It's probably my most used steampunk corset because it travels so well and is so very comfortable.

Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

Outfit Details:

* I'm wearing the Circus over a little white chiffon dress I picked up at Ross when I was going through a summer is hot Greek phase (similar $19).
* Wine velvet caplet meets shrug with flutter sleeves bought on sale from a fancy shop in some resort town over a decade ago (similar $40)
* Octopus on burgundy lace necklace & earring set made fro me by a fan (similar in black $11)
* Crochet octopus hair bob I got in Alaska last month, find similar here.
* Soft brand gold sandals with big flower, much beloved, no longer available

Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

Sorry I got these shoes years ago and haven't seen ones like it or even similar. Also I really want a hair thing that's like that gold leather flower.

Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

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.
Happy New Year Fashionable Darlings! Drinking and Celebrating with Fashion from Gail Carriger In Fashion Memoriam: 1950s Marigold Cocktail Dress by Gail Carriger Gail Carriger Wears a 1950s Style eShakti Gold Cocktail Dress for Competence Book Launch in Denver Then & Now ~ Gold Evening DressThen & Now ~ All About Gold SleevesThen & Now ~ Gold & Cream Gowns Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017Then & Now ~ Old Gold GownGail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel JewelryThen & Now ~ Ribbon Gown

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