This year, for the first time ever, I’m going to Napier’s Art Deco Weekend. I’ve tried to go in the past, but things have come up.
But this year, unless something happens in the next 5 days, it’s actually happening! Three days of 30s clothes and dancing!
Being crazy and ambitious I’m planning a specific wardrobe. It’s based around the idea of what a well-off girl from Hawaii would have taken for a trip to Napier to visit family in early 1933*.
So all my clothes will be from the very end of the 1920s and the early 30s.
I’m going with a red, white & blue theme, to organise my design and keep my accessories down. I’ve got a pinterest board with inspiration.
But don’t think it will be all patriotic and nautical red, white & blue! Here is my fabric pile:
I’m hoping to make two evening dresses, one out of white lace with black lace that looks like this:
And one of blue lace in a cut very similar to my wedding dress:
And a pair of beach pyjamas in a fabulous Art-Deco patterned fabric and a mallard-blue silk:
And a little chiffon day dress in the sweetest ever floral silk:
And craziest of all a merino wool swimsuit in red:
And I’m taking a linen reproduction 1930s skirt, and my Frumpy Dress, and my Summer-Berries shorts (I’ll switch the buttons to plain blue for this event) and a 1940s Aloha shirt and a couple of 1930s reproduction blouses for dance workshops.
And, ummm…., you will have noticed that I only have 5 days. So we’ll see how much I get done. I’m dreaming ridiculously big ;-). Some of these things are actually already started. I just haven’t blogged about them.
* And yes, there were regular trips between NZ and Hawaii in the early 1930s – I’ve done my research!