Wednesday, June 04, 2014

1920s costuming

Roaring Twenties costuming is never far from my mind.  Besides the fact that my wedding was 1920s-themed and that I love the era, I've been writing a series of vampire novels set in the 1920s, which means I've been doing a lot of research on clothing and other details for my settings.

Moreover, every year I participate in National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, a challenge to write a 50,000-word novel -- or 50,000 words of a novel -- during the month of November.  At the kickoff party each year, which occurs Halloween night (everyone starts writing at midnight, as soon as the clock turns over to November), participants are encouraged to dress up in costume -- so last year I dressed up in flapper fashion and posed as my main character, Ruby Ransome.

I've discovered a really great vintage clothing and costume store here in Denver called Regal Vintage, which is where I got my costume for that night.  They have some really great 1920s-themed clothing, and I think at least one of the pieces I've gotten from them -- a gorgeous wrap -- is genuine 20s.  I'm slowly building a wardrobe of 1920s clothing, some of it vintage and some of it modern costuming, pieced together from finds at Regal, online, and various costume stores.

I am not a big fan of most costumes.  Usually the dresses are far too short to be authentic 1920s, and the fringe theme is way overdone.  If I do consider a modern costume, I prefer something longer, like this flapper dress, or something without fringe at all, like this 20s-inspired dress.  But most of what I get is either authentic 1920s, or some other vintage that can be worn to look 1920s even if it's not really.

Not everything I find is vintage, though.  For instance, the other day I discovered these gorgeous 1920s-style T-strap dancing shoes on Amazon.  For fans of The Great Gatsby, I also found this replica of Daisy's gorgeous headpiece.  Shoes in particular are difficult to find vintage, especially in my size, and vintage jewelry and headpieces are prohibitively expensive unless you are a well-funded collector (rather than a cosplayer, someone who actually intends to wear and enjoy the items).

What about you?  Do you like to dress up in 1920s outfits for costume parties and special occasions, and if so, where do you find your costumes and accessories?


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