Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Art Deco Weekend on the Queen Mary

Two weekends ago we attend the 9th annual Art Deco Festival on the Queen Mary ship in Long Beach. 
The event takes place over three days and is packed full of events, the events include a cocktail party on the fore deck, a pajama party with an original vintage betting game, a grand ball, lectures, vintage shopping, a tea dance and a couple other opportunities to gather in a lovely setting, listen to vintage music and visit with friends.
This year included a few new small events as well many new exhibits of original ship accessories pulled from archives and restored, such as the red velvet curtains and dinnerware from the starlight lounge which was an exclusive dinner and dancing venue for passengers that was held on the first night of departure.
We had a lovely room again this year and enjoyed wandering the ship and spending time with friends! 
In Fact this year i had two of my very best friends join us for the event for the first time. it was fun to experience, through their eyes, the ship for the first time, in all her beauty and grace :)
Michael and i both had a few new outfits and accessories to showcase this year which is always fun. As is seeing what everyone else is wearing :)
I wore my favorite dark green wool suit and black tilt hat to arrive in. which is the same as last year. 
though with the heat wave we were suffering through that wool suit was trial. The black crepe evening dress for the cocktail party was much more comfortable and when the sun went down the deck cooled down and it was very enjoyable to be milling about outside.
For the pajama party that first night i wore my new floral robe with these very fun cream silk Daniel Greene slippers. 
Michael wore an amazing blue and Chinese silk embroidered robe, that sadly i didn't get any pictures of it.
Saturday was mostly about shopping which Michael and everybody else did a fair bit of but i didn't grab anything. 
I spent the day in my green bowling dress, no joke the label calls it a bowling leisure dress :) that green dress is a favorite of mine and i wear it fairly often because it fits so well and is in really good shape for its age. 
Saturday evening for the ball i wore my blue velvet 40's evening gown that i had worn previously in the year for the Avalon Ball. 
Michael looked very handsome in his white tie and tails and top hat!
The girls in blue :)
The group all got together for photos after dinner and while many were lovely we quickly dissolved into very silly!
Sunday morning i wore a new hat and suit. The hat i had found at a vintage store in San Francisco last winter and just had to have it and, therefore i had to build a whole new outfit around that hat which lead to getting the pink linen 40's suit. the pink in the suit matches the pink in the ribbon on the hat perfectly. the suit had these fun ruffles sleeves and pepulm skirt, a style feature that i don't have on any of my other vintage pieces. 
At the last minute i ended up buying new shoes to wear with this outfit because the original black shoes i had brought and worn on Friday with my green suit and torn badly when i slipped on stair and fell :( i of course was fine (being a klutz and falling is a fairly common occurrence in my world) but the shoes did not survive sadly.
Sunday for the tea dance i was originally going to wear a dress that i had worn two years ago to the event and has remained a favorite but due to a wardrobe malfunction for a friend we ended up switching dresses at the last minute so she could wear mine and i wore one of hers.
 luckily it was still in the same color scheme and style so all my accessories matched and it came with those fun organdy gauntlet gloves!

All in all it was a lovely weekend and a ton of fun!! Cant wait till next year

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