Last month, I had the pleasure of visiting my good friend Laura, the blogger behind Paper Mothball Vintage, in New York. We attended an Egyptian Revival themed speakeasy at The Downtown Association on my first night in town. The DTA is a magnificent private club in the Financial District with a rich history of members including FDR. The evening seemed perfectly staged by the Romanesque Revival architecture and Jacobean interiors. Recessions over the years have hit private clubs hard which have forced some of them to open their doors to semi-private events. I relished the scarce experience of being there, as the portraits of former members whispered that the opportunity would have been out of reach in their day. The almost empty coat room dotted with trendy synthetic outerwear was a reminder of just how different life has become, not to mention the act of hanging one’s coat up oneself.
Back to the clothes. I had a few potential accessories but no dress, so I rushed to Puttin’ on the Ritz in Winston-Salem at the last desperate hour before leaving for New York City. I had spied this 1930s gown on prior trips, but I never had the occassion to try it on. To my surprise, it fit.
I fashioned the headpiece out of a necklace featuring a 1930s scarab button. The textured gold bracelet is 1970s Avon, and the ring and snake bracelet are from the 1960s. The asp-like earrings and chevron cuff bracelet are both modern, and I added some rhinestone shoe clips to a pair of vintage inspired Seychelles heels. A dependable metallic mesh Whiting and Davis bag completes any 1920s look. Done.
1930s coral and rhinestone gown found at Puttin’ on the Ritz: 304 Harvey Street in Winston-Salem, (336) 659-9944.
Cuff, armpiece and headpiece, all my own.
SHOP THE LOOK
Both Laura and I wanted to recreate Liz Taylor’s dramatic makeup from the 1960s cinematic disaster Cleopatra for our looks. My talented friend designed and made her dress for the party - it was incredible! Below is a shot from Laura’s post. See the rest of her photos at Paper Mothball Vintage!