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Beautiful Dresses for Rue & Prim in the Custard Protocol Books, from Harper's Bazaar 1891 from Gail Carriger


I have this lovely Harper's Bazaar from 1891, given to me by a lovely reader. I finally got around to scanning some of the images. Here are a few for you, the kind of things Rue & Prim might wear in the Custard Protocol series.

Beautiful Dresses for Rue & Prim in the Custard Protocol Books, from Harper's Bazaar 1891 from Gail Carriger

Beautiful Dresses for Rue & Prim in the Custard Protocol Books, from Harper's Bazaar 1891 from Gail Carriger

Beautiful Dresses for Rue & Prim in the Custard Protocol Books, from Harper's Bazaar 1891 from Gail Carriger


Beautiful Dresses for Rue & Prim in the Custard Protocol Books, from Harper's Bazaar 1891 from Gail Carriger

Beautiful Dresses for Rue & Prim in the Custard Protocol Books, from Harper's Bazaar 1891 from Gail Carriger


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Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)



The third book in my Custard Protocol series is out now!  This book is set in the mid 1890s and I have concocted a pictorial guide to a possible outfit that a young lady of Prim's rank might wear during this time period.

The images run with what she would need to put on, in order. Ready? Here we go...

On the bottom half:


Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
1. 1890  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
2. 1890s Stockings The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
3. 1899 Garters  1899  The Chicago History Museum

Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
4. 1895-1905 Oxfords   The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 Note that shoes have to go on early? Well before the corset and also the rest of the dress for bending and hemming reasons.


Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
Combination  1890s  The Metropolitan Museum of Ar

Combinations are a hard one for me, as an author. Because they were totally UBIQUITOUS undergarments at the time of the Custard Protocol books. They were the most common form of underwear. However, the name and the concept is entirely lost to the modern mind set. Most of my readers would have no basis for comparison should I drop the word "combination" into, for example, a shape change or a nookie scene. I must, therefore, use the word in correct context so as to make it clear that is what the character is wearing. Or have it described to another foriegn character. And yet, it's not something that would be described. So I have to have said foreigner describe it and everyone else get embarrassed. Oh! I like that. Forget I said anything, OK?

On the upper half:


Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
Bust Improvers  1890s  Whitaker Auction

Prim wouldn't need these, but I include them because I think its so fun that they exist at all!

Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
5. Camisol  1895-1905  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
6. 1893  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
7. Sleeve Supports  1890s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

And over the top:

Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
8. 1895  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
9. 1894 Evening Dress  Charles Fredrick Worth, 1894  The Kyoto Costume Institute

Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
10. 1890s  The Goldstein Museum of Design

Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
11. 1895-1905  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
12. Muff and Hat  1890s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Alternatively, here's a look at more sporty options...


Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
Stockings  1890s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
Combinations undergarment, England, 1875 - 1900

Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
Corset 1890s Summer Corset   The Victoria & Albert Museu

Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
Corset Cover  1895-1900  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

And sportswear on the outside:


Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
Gym Suit  1895-1899  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
Cycling Ensemble  1895  The Kyoto Costume Institute

Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
Shirtwaist 1894 The Museum at FIT _ OMG that dress!

Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
1890s Under The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
Travel Suit  Jacques Doucet, 1895  The Victoria & Albert Museum

You don't have to take the pictures as proof. Here's some research to back it up...

Gwen Raverat at the end of the century describes the modest dress of a respectable female.

"Women were incredibly modest . . .  even with each other. You could see a friend in her petticoat, but nothing below that was considered decent. At school, the sidht of a person in her white frilly drawers caused shrieks of outraged virtue; and I should have thought it impossible to be seen downstairs in my dressing-gown."

~ Judith Flanders The Victorian House (pg. 269)

Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
americangothgirl-tumblr Catalog Photographs, Front and Back Views of Woman In Corset, c. 1880s. Albumen Prints

"This is what a young lady wore, with whom I shared a room one night...

  1. Thick, long-legged woolen combinations.
  2. Over them, white cotton combinations, with plenty of buttons and frills.
  3. Very serious, bony, grey stays, with suspenders.
  4. Black woolen stockings.
  5. White cotton drawers, with buttons and frills.
  6. White cotton 'petticoat-bodice', with embroidery, buttons and frills.
  7. Rather short, white flannel, petticoat.
  8. Long alpaca petticoat, with a flounce round the bottom.
  9. Pink flannel blouse.
  10. High, starched, white collar, fastened on with studs.
  11. Navy blue tie.
  12. Blue skirt, touching the ground, and fastened tightly to the blouse with a safety-pin behind.
  13. Leather belt, very tight.
  14. High button boots."
  ~ Judith Flanders The Victorian House (pg. 269)

Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
Undergarments ca. 1900-03  From the FIDM Museum


Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)Competence DVD Extras: Dressing Primrose From the Foundation Up (Gail Carriger's Research Behind the Custard Protocol Series)
 1898 Walking Suit, House of Worth, French, Made of silk and lace


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

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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 Carriegr Wears a Bright Pink 1930s Maxi Dress at Phoenix Comic Con 2018


You've seen this dress before, Fashionable Reader, and you'll see it again as I am a fan of this dress. Here I am wearing it at its most summery.

Gail Carriegr Wears a Bright Pink 1930s Maxi Dress at Phoenix Comic Con 2018

I'm carrying one of my new parasols, this one is folding cream and gold, and a straw bag with flat comfy silver sandals. I paired it with mostly silver accessories.

Gail Carriegr Wears a Bright Pink 1930s Maxi Dress at Phoenix Comic Con 2018

Getting windy with it!

This dress has lost the elastic at the waist so it needs a wide belt, I borrowed this one from the 1950's evening dress I would wear a few days later. It isn't my favorite belt for this dress, I prefer the corset with it (but as I said in a prior post, I purposefully didn't bring any corsets because I thought it would be too hot in Phoenix).

Gail Carriegr Wears a Bright Pink 1930s Maxi Dress at Phoenix Comic Con 2018Gail Carriegr Wears a Bright Pink 1930s Maxi Dress at Phoenix Comic Con 2018

Those gloves found at (I bought them) and the photo taken by Starshine Salon.

Outfit Details!

Gail Carriegr Wears a Bright Pink 1930s Maxi Dress at Phoenix Comic Con 2018

Silver Turban: $7 (I love both the metallic and the waffle style from this vender)
Silver Belt: vintage from a different dress, similar $30
Bright pink maxi dress, BCBG years ago.
Mesh gloves: $16
Cat Eye Sun Glasses: $10
Silver flat sandals: Aerosoles, no longer available, similar
PARASOL! (many colors) $36
My matched new bright pink lippy.


Gail Carriegr Wears a Bright Pink 1930s Maxi Dress at Phoenix Comic Con 2018

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 Black & White 1950s Polka Dots at Phoenix Comic Con 2018


This was my first outfit in Phoenix recently, Fashionable Reader!


Gail Carriger Wears Black & White 1950s Polka Dots at Phoenix Comic Con 2018


This is an old favorite dress because it's polyester and packs easy (no wrinkles) and is relatively cool. Because there were lines in the sun to get into the event, I paired it with a check umbrella as a parasol, and walking sandals (no heels for me this day).

Outfit Details


Gail Carriger Wears Black & White 1950s Polka Dots at Phoenix Comic Con 2018

Mini Black & White Umbrella as Parasol: $15
Knitted Octopus as a hat: Gift
White Sun Glasses: (many colors available) $11
Bumbersnoot Necklace from Badali Jewelry
Gold Pen Necklace: No longer available. Similar
Steampunk earrings: Similar $12
Polka dot A-line dress: Very old, similar $30
Straw Bag: Ross, out of stock, similar $25
Mesh gloves: $16
Flat black walking sandals: No longer available. Similar $30-60
I'm wearing my new dark wine pink lippy. 


Gail Carriger Wears Black & White 1950s Polka Dots at Phoenix Comic Con 2018


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.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection


I realized recently that I don't have a place on the interwebs where I chronicle my parasol collection.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

How could I be so remiss?

My parasol collection has been the work of years, people have gifted me with vintage ones, and I have purchased quite a few for myself.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection


Here for you enlightenment is my parasol collection! 

Modern

These ones are modern, in other words I bought them for myself from a vendor.

Black & Grey Lace


Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

Technically an umbrella, this one folds so it packs well and it's pretty enough to also be a parasol. It came from Amazon for $15. It's probably the most versatile piece in my collection.

Tenticular Paper Parasol 


Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection
Strictly a parasol as this is made of waxed paper, I bought mine from Donna (the Alexia books' cover model) when she owned Clockwork Couture. It's now available other places online. You can find it online for about $20. 
Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection
I find I use it a lot because it goes with everything. It's got both brown and black in it, and it works for both a retro look and a steampunk look.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection


It doesn't, however, pack well. Although, for paper, it has been surprisingly resilient.

Blue Pattern Parasol 


Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection
This is the parasol that appears in my standard headshot (see the top of this post). I love it for its uniqueness. This is not a parasol I've ever seen anyone else own, also it feels really vintage to me. I bought it from Lace Parasols online shop years ago, it's still offered for $37.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

This one is cream lace and I modified it with royal blue ribbon threaded through. However, I am more likely to use the other blue one above, so I will be giving this beauty away in a forthcoming Chirrup.

This parasol style is pretty common these days. So I like suggesting if you get one, adding ribbon, or painting sections or some other DIY. If you are looking for a particular color of parasol this particular style has you covered for round about $20.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

I, however, when I was looking for something cream really wanted something more embroidered and solid then lace, and really big and vintage looking.

Big Lace Parasol


I ended up with this one, again from lace Parasols online, which I have been really happy with over the years. It now is priced at $45, I can't remember what I paid for it.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

While quite beautiful, it is REALLY massive so I never travel with it.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection


Gold Lace Parasol


So I invested in this...

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection
It's a cream and gold sunshade umbrella that folds very small and has it's own cute little container. I get a lot of compliments on it. It's one flaw is the inside is LINED in solid black, so it doesn't photo well when carried over the shoulder. I found it on Amazon for $33

Baby Parasols

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

I also bought this set of three tiny parasols for $40. The smallest two I mostly use for decoration around the office, and for pretty photos with books.
Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

The largest one, however, I would really love to find a way to add an extending folding handle. At various times, but particularly in the late 1880s, ladies carried very small parasols with very long handles. I'd love to make this into a cream version of that. (See the last parasol in my collection below.)

Vintage

1920s Double Brolly


For a girl who loves vintage and parasols, I only own two vintage parasols. They are so delicate it's hard to find nice ones that have survived in tact and are still reasonably priced.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

This is, technically, and umbrella not a parasol. It has double lining and a beautiful interior decoration with scalloped flutter edge. The outside is plain black. It has a beautiful metal handle with an ostentatious crystal. It's bent a little and somewhat sun bleached but otherwise in pretty good condition.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

This was a gift to me from one of my mother's dear friends. I'm not sure on the age but my best guess is 1920s.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

Folding Parasol 


Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

My black tilt parasol. This is probubly late Edwardian and it isn't in great shape. It's black silk with ruffles an the silk is torn in multiple places. I basically just stopped it from tearing further with clear nail polish, the old nylon trick.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

Not only does it tilt, it folds, which makes is the perfect travel companion. I love this parasol and you will see me with it at steampunk events all the time.I even made it a special holster out of a pair of cargo shorts. You can find a step-by-step guide on how to DIY your own here.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection
I see tilt parasols turn up on Etsy or at vintage fairs regularly, but because they are mostly silk from this time period, and silk is easily damaged by sun, they are almost always in disrepair. So be careful if you are looking to buy one.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection



Finally I also have this lovely mother of pearl pin, which was a gift from a reader. It means I can allude to the parasol, even if I am not actually carrying it!

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection


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.

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger


Hats make me happy, Fashionable Reader. I hope this comes as no surprise.

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger
Image taken by Gail Carriger, do not share without attribution

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger

Apparently Degas was a big fan, too. This exhibit I went to included others who were fans of hats, as well as some hat making displays, and of course the hats themselves.

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger

This last is a double whammy of Gail's loves: hats & parasols!

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.

Singapore: 1880s Australian Lady, Fans, Parasols, and More with Gail Carriger


A few more Retro Rack things I encountered in Singapore:

At the National Gallery Artists and Empire exhibit:

Singapore: 1880s Australian Lady, Fans, Parasols, and More with Gail Carriger

Singapore: 1880s Australian Lady, Fans, Parasols, and More with Gail Carriger

Reading an article on the plane, this adorable thing:

Singapore: 1880s Australian Lady, Fans, Parasols, and More with Gail Carriger

Found a wall of fans for Spohronia in Singapore's Chinatown:

Singapore: 1880s Australian Lady, Fans, Parasols, and More with Gail Carriger

And a beautiful collection of parasols:

Singapore: 1880s Australian Lady, Fans, Parasols, and More with Gail Carriger

I also learned a lot about historical dress in Singapore, but I'm saving that in case I decide to put it in an upcoming book.

Singapore: 1880s Australian Lady, Fans, Parasols, and More with Gail Carriger

Singapore: 1880s Australian Lady, Fans, Parasols, and More with Gail Carriger


Wear it well, Fashionable Reader.

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

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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 Game: Spot That Outfit in Imprudence Answer!


So a little while ago I blogged about Rue wearing the following outfit in Imprudence. I asked you, Fashionable Reader, to tell me which chapter in order to win a special goodie box (winner was randomly chosen from all correct answers). The winner, Michelle, has been notified and confirmed her address so her box is in the mail.

The answer?

Rue wears this outfit in Chapter 10: Egypt


Gail Carriger's Game: Spot That Outfit in Imprudence Answer!
1890s  Nordiska Museet

Gail Carriger's Game: Spot That Outfit in Imprudence Answer!
Cutwork Leather Boots, ca. 1890 via Chicago History Museum

Aren't you made for these boots? I wrote the whole scene around them.

Gail Carriger's Game: Spot That Outfit in Imprudence Answer!
1890s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Apologies for those who did not win but there will be more contests in future.

I'm purging my costume collection which means I am giving away clothing and...

The next goodie box will be Madame Lefoux themed!


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

You can also visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.

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