The Ghosts of the Titanic Ball was last night, and it was fabulous. We had the best time. It was held at Breaker Bay Hall, which is this adorable little 1950s community hall along the coast in Wellington. It has a lovely wood floor, and a itsy-bitsy stage with a mural depicting the scene outside the hall.
Here are just a few pictures. I didn’t get that many because I was busy arranging music/refilling the punch bowl/calling dances/greeting people/dancing/posing/teaching.
Alas, I didn’t finish the Luna Moth dress in time to wear it. I debated between the Laurel dress and vintage tails, and actually took both to the hall to get dressed there. When it came time to get dressed, I realised I’d forgotten a shirt and bowtie for the tails, so the dress it was!
Though I didn’t manage to get a new dress made for myself, I did make two new costumes for other women: a simple mauve-grey overtunic to go with a purple dress I made years ago, and a fabulous gold sheath for Emily of Ever So Scrumptious. I also lent another friend my waterlily dress.
I’m really pleased with Emily’s frock, especially as I made it based on two hurried fittings. I want to re-drape and tweak the bodice just a little though. And do a proper photoshoot!
There was a great mix of frocks at the event: cunning amalgamations of modern clothes to make them look historic, purpose made vintage recreations, a few vintage pieces, and fantastic rentals.
The gentlemen came up with some great looks too.
But the best costume of the ball? That award definitely goes to Nini of Things Unseen for getting into the Ghosts of the Titanic theme. Love it!
I’m afraid we were a bit unseemly and took a lot of “Iceberg!” photographs. I hope 100 years is long enough to mix a bit of irreverence along with remembrance.