|RMS Queen Mary, 1936, marinersmuseum.org|
|The Grand Salon|
The Art Deco Festival events are back-to-back over three days and include a Double Decker Bus Tour, Captain's Strolling Art Walk, Welcome Reception, Cocktails in Historic Places, Deco Pajama Derby, Bootlegger's Bash, Golden Era Travel Showcase with vintage autos on the wharf, Soda Fountain Tasting, Prohibition Mixology, Gatsby Daze Garden Party, Historic Starlight Club Revival, Swingin' Sunday Tea Dance, Sir Winston's Cocktail Hour, Art Deco Movie Night, Vintage Bazaar, six Lectures, and the Art Deco Grand Ball! Is that not the most incredible line-up of events and a pure dream for a costumer? To end this glorious trip I will be joining friends at the Huntington for a tour and tea in the Rose Garden. In costume, of course!
This is a new costuming era for me and has taken quite a bit of time to research and plan. Since I'm imprisoned *smile* and only have access to what is on my phone or the cloud, I'll share my Costume Plan A with you.
The Art Deco Era definition from Wikipedia:
Art Deco (/ /), or Deco, is an influential visual arts design style that first appeared in France just before World War I  and began flourishing internationally in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s before its popularity waned after World War II. It took its name, short for Arts Décoratifs, from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts) held in Paris in 1925. It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation.
Deco emerged from the interwar period when rapid industrialisation was transforming culture. One of its major attributes is an embrace of technology. This distinguishes Deco from the organic motifs favoured by its predecessor Art Nouveau.
Historian Bevis Hillier defined Art Deco as "an assertively modern style [that] ran to symmetry rather than asymmetry, and to the rectilinear rather than the curvilinear; it responded to the demands of the machine and of new material [and] the requirements of mass production".
During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance and faith in social and technological progress.
Although the RMS Queen Mary was commissioned in 1936, I have decided to focus on the 1920s for my Art Deco Festival style. During my research I found a pattern designer in Spain who distributes through etsy. She makes standard-sized patterns, but will also create a custom-sized pattern. I fell in love with her style and first bought this pattern a while ago.
I love everything about this dress and hat! There is a fabric store nearby which is closing it's doors forever (very sad) and they had the most luscious pure white sateen on sale. I am going to make this dress with the sateen with a red satin trim on the collar and hat. I will cover the buttons with red satin and found some not-exactly-period but inexpensive and perfect color shoes on ebay.
This should be a wonderful boarding costume and I think perfect for the Welcome Reception.
Looking at the Historical Sew Monthly Challenges, I found 3 costumes that will help me meet those challenges with dresses for the Art Deco Festival.
First, a 1930s pattern from Eva Dress with a beautiful drapey fabric found in the Fabric District of LA during Costume College 2015.
The Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge for this month is Monochrome. Although black, white, and grey would fit the challenge, I'm using the broader definition to mean shades of the same color. Contrapunt on etsy had this Cocktail Dress pattern and while I know they will be a challenge, the pleats are so stylish.
Fashion Fabrics Club had a wonderful sale and this silk crepe de chine in a mocha color is the perfect fabric to blend with my American Duchess Seabury shoes.
The headpiece for the Cocktail Dress will be a simple band of roses made from the same fabric. Easy, cool for the hot weather, packable. Wish me luck with these pleats!
The Art Deco Festival has a facebook page and this beauty was posted there one day.
Inspired by the dress design I found this pattern by Contrapunt on etsy.
Of course I adore the little hat in the pattern rendering. I've made several cloches and am still wondering how to make those amazing little "wings".
That will be my dress for the Swingin' Sunday Tea Dance.
I have a sweet friend who is extraordinary when it comes to vintage costume. We have attended many events together and to my tearful pleasure she gave me a gift of a vintage chiffon day dress. This is the only photo I have of me trying it on the day it arrived.
After the costume event I had organized at Biltmore Estate in April I was trying to choose between several Costume Events on my Bucket List. I didn't have the financial resources for all of them (do we ever?!). As I trolled eBay I stumbled upon this exquisite coat.
Just before bed on work evenings I sit with my tablet and do extensive historical research. Well, not really! What I do is watch Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries on Netflix. She has the most wonderful 1920s dresses and accessories! While they may not always be historically accurate, they are fun and fabulous and I fell in love with this shawl.
Miss Fisher is also my inspiration for the Art Deco Pajama Derby. A bit more of a lounge outfit than pajamas, I have the perfect pieces from the 1980s corner of my closet to imitate Phryne in this cute photo of her and Jack.