It’s time for Costume College Gala photos! There were a ton of beautiful costumes at the Gala this year. I didn’t see any one large-scale trend among the attendees, other than the work being fantastic all around. A lot of eras were represented, plus a number of non-historical costumes as well.
I did not have time to make a new gown, so I accessorized an old favorite with new jewelry. It made the outfit feel brand new!
I made a necklace, brooch, earrings, and bracelets. The tiara was a lucky find on Amazon.
My wig is by Fancy Nancy.
Stephanie also wore regency, in the form of a beautiful sari gown.
After taking photos outside, we got in line for the “Red Carpet.” It was a pretty smooth process this year. We were directed on where to stop for people to take photos, and we did not have to talk to the crowd (a difference from last year and a plus for those who get nervous being put on the spot). There was also a way to bypass the Red Carpet entirely by walking on the sidewalk outside the lobby.
After going through the Red Carpet with Stephanie, we milled around in the sea of costumers in the lobby, chatting and waiting for the doors to open to the dinner area.
Lots of socializing costumers! Abby and Lauren of American Duchess are in the foreground.
Taylor and Carolyn, in gorgeous jewel tones
Gracie in a lovely combo of pink, yellow, and white
Vivien in 17th century, perfectly accessorized in pearls. She was part of a cavalier fashion group.
Llyra Lee in a creative Captain America/victorian fancy dress mashup
Vanessa made a spot-on recreation of a gown from James Tissot’s “Too Early” (1873).
Meg and Carolyn (with an added top hat!)
Teresa embroidered her gown herself! (And dyed the fabric, for that matter!)
Maria and Taylor, chatting
Beth and Meg. Yay, stripes!
Jen did a great job on her 1960s dress. That hair!
Then we went into the dinner room to be seated. Stephanie was a dear to save me a seat with her.
Leimomi, demonstrating how to properly protect your Gala gown from spills!
Leimomi and Stephanie were fun dinner companions!
After dinner, we went back into the hallway to continue with the socializing. That’s a big part of what Costume College is about: seeing and meeting new friends.
Lindsey got an amazing fit on her sacque.
I want to steal Sara‘s hat!
The detail work on Bunny’s gown is incredible.
What a pretty color of shot silk on Samantha!
I cannot imagine the amount of work that Rebecca did to do all this trim!
Vivien and Peach Assassin, as part of the cavaliers group
More cavaliers, with Vivien and The 1926s
Christine explaining to AJ some of the work that went into her beautiful embroidery creations
Vivien had the great idea that the several Asian American costumers present should get in one photo together. Because, we are not all the same person! (It was heartening to hear from these other ladies that they have had the same experience I have, of being mistaken for someone else somewhat frequently.) From left, Vivien, Christine, Bunny, AJ, and myself.
Katherine hand-beaded her gown!
Sabrina was a frothy confection in lavender and white.
Ginger and Merja
I love the layered trims that Ginger used.
Merja painted the fabric!
What a beautiful fashion plate recreation!
Heh. I love this photo!
Caleb’s face with Vanessa is priceless.
End of the night, which means it’s time to floof on the floor.
Only one more day left to recap!