Remember this plan to make Mae West’s costume from I’m No Angel? Well here’s how it turned out!

I took the sleeves off the maxi dress; made a back-and-sleeves only kimono from the spiderweb mesh, leaving off the train for practicality; cut and styled the wig into a 1930s-esque style; and wore about 50 pounds of makeup (including gluesticking out my natural eyebrows) to make me work as a blonde! Specifically, I adapted the 1920s pincurl style from the Vintage Hairstyling book, and did a slightly-more-eye-makeup version of the Jean Harlow from the Vintage Makeup book. I highly recommend both books!

Here’s how it all turned out, including a Fun With Photoshop B&W:

(C) Sarah Lorraine

Bella Donna did a 1930s Hollywood theme for the event, and Sarah posted a good write-up about all our costumes over at Frock Flicks.


Costuming the Countess

October 15, 2014 19th century

Be afraid. Be very, VERY afraid. For I have decided that it’s time to perform at Dickens Fair, something I haven’t done for a number of years. And while previously I played scum, this time around I’m joining the Adventurers’ Club, who portray real historical people — the intelligentsia of Victorian England. Part of the [...]

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Frock Flicks! Because stretch velvet isn’t historically accurate.

October 2, 2014 costume in cinema

Do you remember Frock Flicks, our costume movie podcast? A few years ago, myself, Trystan, and Sarah were semi-regularly podcasting about the good and bad (oh, the bad) about costume movies. We podcasted about a number of different costume movies: from Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, to The Other Boleyn Girl, to The Tudors (okay, so [...]

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Vampire Ball costume!

October 1, 2014 20th century

What do these things (with some tweaking and sewing and assembling) have in common? Well, hopefully they will make… I’ll let you know!

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September 9, 2014 17th century

When it comes to costume/fashion history books, I am a sucker. Even though I work in a university library, I still need to own ALL THE BOOKS! With that in mind, here are some recently published and forthcoming books that I am excited about. (It feels like it’s been a while since there’s been a [...]

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September 5, 2014 18th Century Hairdressing Book

In all caps, because it’s taken me so long to write about it! Costume College happened, and it was tons of fun, as always. I got to hang out with old friends and meet new people, and teach some classes, and go to some classes, and flog the wig book! First, though, I want to [...]

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Catching Up

August 19, 2014 18th century

Oh god, I’ll never catch up with stuff if I wait to do posts about each individual thing, so here, minus The Book, my life the last few (many?) months! I went to a 1920s Circus Picnic, for which I turned a shitty polyester prom dress from ebay plus a bit of a sari into [...]

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