Friday, February 14, 2014


      For one of my dear friend's birthday, we went to the Edwardian Ball at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. The party felt like a walk through a whimsical, eerie purgatory filled with ghostly victorian madams, steampunk scientists, mustached men and women in three piece suits and the occasional Mad Hatter. There was mermen, mentalist in boxes, surrealist painters and acrobatic dancers dangling from chairs and hulahoops-like contraptions in the sky. The music was a mix between New Orlean's famed funeral dirges and the roaring 20's. The long drags of the trumpet lured you into a swaying trance on the checkerboard dance floor. There was even a rendition of "Gloomy Sunday" by women dressed in colorful saris. Who knew the dead could be so lively?

    This black and gold Vivienne Westwood Anglomania dress is a fun one. It comes with removable hip pads to give the dress more volume which instantly reminded me of the circus. That served as my inspiration. To tie in the Edward Gorey theme, I brought back my "hair noose" from Halloween and used black lipstick to up the "creep" factor and put gold glitter eyeliner on my eyes and eyebrows for whimsy.

Costume Necklace, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Pannier dress with removable hip pads, Bally wedge boots.
Make Up: Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner #1 (I used this on my eyes and eyebrows), Essie Polish in Velvet Voyeur,  MAC lipstick in Cherish, Anna Sui black lipstick. 
Such a fun design.

Pony hair clutch by Claire Vivier

LA WEEKLY Photo Credit: Colin Young-Wolff
Photo Credit: Matt Elson

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