It was very minute last year when my dear friend Judith asked me if I would like to attend and share a room with her. I had been working full time again but it had been announced that my department was being eliminated by year end. Costume College seemed like a perfect excuse for a much needed break.
Break??!! What was I thinking??!! Now I had just weeks to put together costumes!! In the end it was crazily fun both researching and reliving the 1960s era of my teenage years.
Thursday Night Pool Party - The Happiest Pool Party on Earth!
I was taking a full day class on Thursday and needed something quick and comfortable for that evening. Black slacks, patent leather shoes, a vintage Mary Quant blouse, and a Disney Mickey Mouse fascinator.
Friday Night - Casino Royale - Our Favorite Spies
While the classes at Costume College are incredible and the events amazing, what I most enjoy are the people. It is so much fun to be part of a group and costume together! On Friday evening I was part of the Ladies of the Pinkerton Detective Agency.
Saturday Night Time Traveler's Gals - Breakfast at Tiffany's
Everything sparkles at Tiffany's! This was the perfect time for me to wear a very long project - years!! - that was a labor of love for my friend Kate and me. Kate created the base satin gown and it was stored for years along with the gorgeous fan sticks purchased from a craftsman in Ireland. Enlarging and following the design from the Harper's Bazar fashionplate, I beaded the bodice with Swarovski crystals and added the black fox fur. I stained the fansticks and created the oversize fan which completed the inspiration.
Sunday Breakfast - Get Up and Go-Go
It just wouldn't honor the fashion of the 1960s without a little British Mod. I made a sweet vinyl hat that just magically stayed on my head and paired it with a tunic and slacks of cotton and an Op Art print insert. With Judith in her amazing Betsey Johnson creation from a vintage pattern!
Sunday Afternoon - Tea at the End of the Universe
The return of The Steamstress Model No. 1. Created with abandoned parts from an old Singer sewing machine. She's a biobot - half human, half sewing machine. Just how I feel just before Costume College!
Miscellaneous - Just for Fun!
It wouldn't be the 1960s for me without a Troll Doll. Since it has been around since 1959 and had a movie released in 2016, I imagine most people know about the plastic doll with furry combed up hair. Also named a Dam doll after the creator Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam. It was considered by my classmates to be very good luck! The Troll Wizard is my favorite. So I recreated him complete with jumbo feet.
It also wouldn't be the 1960s without a nod to that little music festival of 1969 - Woodstock.
Peace and Love,