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The Costume College Gala 2016

Oh my!  My first Costume College has come and gone, and with it, my first Costume College Gala.  Oh, the joy!  Oh, the frocks!  Everyone looked amazing.  The theme was ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ I have a couple hundred photos of the night, but, with much hand-wringing, I managed to narrow it down to a few favourites. The Gala starts with a ‘Red Carpet’, and an announcer. Waiting for the red carpet is quite fun too: it’s a more relaxed time to see everyone’s frock, and to make delicious discoveries, like finding out that your entire group, quite without any planning, has shown up in coordinating pastel frocks (aren’t they delicious!): The red carpet is a chance to get photographed and complemented, and then you are shunted through to other end, where everyone else who has already walked is mingling and admiring and waiting for the Gala ballroom doors to open. There are more delicious discoveries, like finding out that someone’s outfit is as amazing as your hair: (That’s Chris of The Laced Angel and her …

Costume College! Friday photos

I’m at Costume College, and it’s AMAZING, and I’m meeting so many fabulous people and learning so much. I’ll attempt to blog intelligently and cohesively about it later, but for now, here are my favourite photos from Friday.  I’ve named and linked to peoples blogs where possible (i.e. where my brain, which is refusing to remember anything but the two talks I’m giving, can come up with them), but I know I’ve forgotten some, so if you recognise yourself or someone, please let me know and I’ll add a link. Set Phasers to Sew! (with Natalie of  and Vivien of Fresh Frippery – Vivien’s dress is based on the Wearing History Dahlia blouse pattern). Jennifer of Festive Attyre as Edwardian Kylo Ren.  Check out her bag! And her parasol lightsaber! There was actually a large group of people in historical Star Wars outfits.  One of my roommates was Medieval Leia (and I forgot to get a photo!), but I missed most of the others. Yay, 1910s!  (blouse adapted from the Wearing History Elsie blouse pattern, which I …

“A perfect day for a garden party” The Katherine Mansfield Garden Party at Hamilton Gardens

Last weekend I flew up to Hamilton to give a talk on Katherine Mansfield and Garden Party fashions at the Glory Days Salon at the Katherine Mansfield Garden Party at Hamilton Gardens. Hamilton doesn’t have a reputation for being the most interesting city in New Zealand, and I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I’m happy to say that I had an absolutely marvellous time, and that everyone I met and interacted with was absolutely delightful. The point of the garden party is to raise money for a new Katherine Mansfield garden at Hamilton Gardens, which will recreate the garden described in Mansfield’s The Garden Party (that’s a link to the story, and if you haven’t read it, do.  It’s delicious.  The more I read Mansfield the more I love her, and the more I understand why Virginia Woolf said that Mansfield was the only person who ever produced writing that she envied). The Hamilton Gardens are just spectacular.  I wish I’d had a week to explore them!  And the Garden Party was fabulous.  Hamilton Garden’s sets …