The dresscode for this year’s halloween party was very specific: “Edwardian Harlot & Dapper Gentleman”. It was required for the setting — which was to be the infamous ‘Everleigh Club’ of Chicago, during its victorian hay day.
So in honor of Camp original madame (Anna Peck, imprisoned in 1942 after running camp as a brothel for over 20 years), I decided to (try) to be her… instead of a full-on victorian prostitute- (not sure i want to even attempt to pull that off)
COSTUME INGREDIENTS: 1910 victorian dress (beading in tatters, lace collapsing, but epic for $70 on etsy. period Gibson girl do. cheated on the shoes: 1942 school marms. period costume butterfly hairpins 1985 ‘mizer purse’. (on hemline, the one below is an xtra) David was easier: tophat & tails. cane & monocle. Gloves & wingtips. (the monocle was a $4 score from flea market on Portobello Road a dozen years ago)
For Charliegirl- she asked to be a cowgirl.
1950s hand embroidered vest and skirt: ebay
1960s straw cowboy hat with sherrif brass badge: ebay
New old stock Justin belt with brass horse buckle: flea
horsey on a stick: grandma
1940s leather fringe cowhand gloves: ebay
Dan Post cowboy boots: Alcalahs on Chicago Ave
Spurs (real ones): etsy
Bolo tie: grandpa tom
2-sizes-too-big cowboy shirt: etsy
Watching this little cowgirl fall asleep in her getup after refusing to take it off: PRICELESS.
As MARIE ANTOINETTE…