This weekend I went to visit friends and dance the night away at Gaskells, one of the most epic Victorian dance events in the West. I took Madame X with me, and also “the big camera” (for lack of a better name), and snapped photos all night long, danced until my dress came apart, and followed the whole thing up with chili fries and laughs at Au Coquelet Cafe in Berkeley.
Loads of Photos Under The Cut >>
I spent the weekend with Nicole and John, who dressed as an “attempted murder” for the ball.
Nicole’s costume was stunning and creepy and beautiful all at once
Yes, this is an Iron Man bustle dress. Caira never disappoints!
Jenny as The Ginger Gypsy
Chrissy in her jealousy-inducing black and white corset
Craig as a scarred German peasant. He opted to wear pants to the ball…
Nicole and I were the Ladies In Black
Despite all the satin lunacy, I’m really happy with how this costume came out, even if I don’t have the big hips and tiny waist to really pull it off
At Au Coquelet Cafe, after the ball, the iPhones came out en mas. Photos of people I was sharing a table with were already uploaded to Facebook!
The Laced AngelNovember 1, 2011 at 8:01 AM
Bwahahaha the last photo kills me! I'd have had mine out but it was in the car 😛
Your gown was stunning and your company lovely as usual. So glad you came down!
AugustintytärNovember 1, 2011 at 4:42 PM
Your dress is very beautiful and so dramatic. You can never go wrong with black. I love it!
Lauren RNovember 2, 2011 at 5:43 AM
FannyNovember 2, 2011 at 6:31 AM
Your dress is gorgeous!!!!
RowennaNovember 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM
Love this! What a versatile historic piece–imagine the many ways you could wear a not-very-little black dress!
SamanthaNovember 2, 2011 at 4:24 PM
the gown is gorgeous! i always wanted to see a recreation of that painting!
sam bNovember 22, 2017 at 6:47 PM
Awesome outfit, love your interpretation of the painting! Rather after-the-fact, but remember anytime you want to highlight a "tiny waist" effect, add padding to your hips—it goes against the grain for 21st century minds, but it's what the Victorians did, albeit perhaps accidentally.
sam bDecember 8, 2018 at 11:47 PM
I finally get the "attempted murder"…might have to borrow that some day, awesome!