Monday, 29 June 2015

Ladies' high tea at Labassa Mansion

Today I headed out with my friend Paula-Jane of Powderpuff Boutique to a special high tea for the Miss Fisher's costume exhibition. Held at Labassa Mansion, it featured a special display of 1920s fashions from the National Trust's vintage clothing collection and a talk by the curator.

I'm not big on 1920s fashion, but I never shy away from a wardrobe challenge, so I put together an outfit around this Alannah Hill hat I’ve owned for at least five years and never worn. (I know! I know! This is an issue for many reasons.) I paired the outfit with a silk velvet 40s top, 80s wide pants and a Lucite purse.

Hat: Alannah Hill. Top: 1940s vintage. Bracelets: ebay
Top lightened to show detail
Lucite genie purse: ebay
Not exactly 1920s, but I'm going with it!
Labassa Mansion is huge, opulent and slightly run down, which makes it pleasany creepy, especially in the upstairs rooms. It's also rumoured to be haunted, but the only things that appeared to us today were delicious cakes and sandwiches. No complaints here!

Labassa mansion. Image via Flickr
Posing in the main room with its incredible fireplace. Paula-Jane's dress: Doll Deluxe
1920s fashions from the National Trust collection. All garments were owned by local women and donated to the Trust.
No ghost here. Only sneaky dining room selfies
Still life with tasty treats, red lipstick and lucite purse

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Satin, spots and Si Cranstoun

Last week, a group of us headed out to see Si Cranstoun at a huge hall about an hour's drive from Melbourne. I had no idea what to wear, but since it was more of a rock 'n' roll dance, I opted for a full skirt dress I've only worn once before. I bought it a few years ago on ebay, and I've never seen another one like it. 

At first glance, it looks like a gold dress with black polka dots, but when you look closely, the fabric is actually cream satin with gold flecks and flocked spots made up of tiny little velvet dots. My husband took great joy in pointing out that I'd "left all my buttons undone" but they're purely for decoration!

I imagine the dress must have been pretty expensive back in the day, as it has two labels. One for the designer, Campus Juniors, and one for the boutique where it was sold - Frank R. Jelleff of Washington D.C. Imagine how beautiful that store must have been!

I didn't take many photos at the gig itself, as it was very dark and very packed. Si Cranstoun's voice sounded great, and the crowd absolutely loved him, especially when he sang anything by Jackie Wilson! I also appreciated the decorations around the hall itself, which looked like something out of a Wes Anderson film.

Si Cranstoun and his band. Set design by Wes Anderson. 

Here's to Saturday nights filled with Jackie Wilson songs, and fancy dresses with two labels!