So between sourcing new stock, mending and cleaning the old and all the tasks in between I rarely get time to just have fun with our costume collection. My kids are rebelling and won’t let me dress them up anymore (!) so this last week I pulled out our latest Roaring Twenties outfits. Mannequins are very compliant (and don’t complain about being bored or hungry) but nothing beats the way a costume looks on a person.
A photo shoot is a great way to get gorgeous family photographs too. You don’t have to wait to be invited to a costume party to dress up! Why not organise a girl’s photo session? Invite the besties over and have a little shindig while dressing up in some gorgeous frocks. You will have a lot of laughs and end up with some lovely photos. Sounds like a great way to waste a rainy weekend!
I chose Roaring Twenties partly because we have been getting some new stock in. Also so I could play with vintage filters. (Oh so flattering and easy to wipe out lines and flaws!) When using vintage filters I have found it is best to have slightly heavy make-up. This will ensure eyes and lips are visible once the filters are applied. Same principles apply as when doing stage make-up. Apply with a heavy hand, to the point you don’t want to be caught in “natural” light!
We only used two dresses in this shoot – one a gorgeous sequin number with art deco shapes the other with fringing. While they are both great dresses it is the accessories that really bring this look together. I used a lighter fur stole to add contrast to the dark colour of both dresses. Black gloves were a given, black fishnet stockings, long pearls and a feathered headband also standard Roaring Twenties apparel. The shoes were gorgeous designer items from Jennifer Hawkins – not historically correct but just fab anyway.
I chose wigs to experiment with – both platinum shades which worked well with the vintage filter. One is a classic flapper style in a Marcel wave with side part, the other a straight banged bob. Wigs are not always easy to wear but using a headband is handy!
We had a lot of fun this day, it was different to get dressed up as I spend a lot of my time in track-pants now! Thanks for looking at my blog! If you are thinking of a Roaring Twenties costume check out our related posts for some more photos!