Bels and I started out the day with a bang by attending the Victorian Fashion Show. It was completely AMAZING! I've always loved the Victorian era so it was fun to see the authors get all spruced up in the styles of the day. We were also shown how much work went into getting a woman of that time period dressed each day and it was nothing short of spectacular. I could not believe the effort that went into it. I'm sure I would've never survived such a rigorous routine! We also learned about flirting with fans, umberellas, gloves and the like. They wouldn't have worked for me. I much prefer to just walk up to a guy and say, "Hey, I dig you! Let's go do something together!"
Anyway...before I go off on a rant about my dating tactics, let me show you some pictures!
First things, first!! The ever-so-handsome escort for the show was Brooks Johnson, of course. Everything is always better with some eye candy! (And he has the personality to match it too! Makes him ever hotter if you ask me! :D)
Our lovely show moderator, who was looking pretty herself. She showed us lots of fun stuff, from crinolines to curling irons that were used during the time period.
A lovely day dress modeled by author Mary Wine. She write some seriously awesome highlander tales! She also made her dresses for this fashion show and some of hers were my favorites!
Author Jade Lee, who has a really fun personality. She writes sensual historical and I personally thought she was a fun ball of whacks!! She wrote a hilarious short story about Brooks that he had to act out later in the day that had us doubled over in stitches!!
This is actually a bicycling outfit from the times. Men were outraged by this ensemble because of the pants and it was banned from society within a year. Crazy men!!
Whoops!! How'd that get in here?? LOL I just wanted to see if you're still paying attention!! I wouldn't want you to get bored. They should've passed out fans for those of us who had to look at Brooks all the time. The man is H.O.T!
Looking pretty in purple!! This is definitely a frock I would've been drawn to! The show participants came down off the stage and walked through the crowd so we could all get a really good look at what they were wearing.
These were swimsuits!! I died when I saw the bustle on the back this thing!! I guess there's nothing like having a built in floatation device, is there? So bad!!
This is a cute outfit made for ice skating, complete with her earwarmers and muff, worn by author Delilah Marvellle. Women who were afraid or considered to have ankles too dainty for skating were pushed around the ice in chairs.
Here is Belinda with author Mary Wine after the show. We LOVED this dress she made! I think perhaps it was my favorite. I can't imagine the work that would've gone in to sewing that thing! Gorgeous!
This was the dress we got see see put on from head to toe. Dressing would have needed at least a maid to help with. It wasn't something they could do alone or in a hurry. After I saw all it entailed it made me rethink how badly I might ever want to wear one of these dresses. They look like they were a pain!!
Bels steps in to get a shot with the gals. I don't know about you, but I think we should get her into some fancy garb herself. "Bels the Victorian Bookish Snob!" Could you imagine??? HA, HA! She would've been the queen of scandal. I would have to excluded her from my polite society!! *snorts*
We had a GREAT time at this event!
The Romance Diva