Recently I came across this photo of my mother and me looking spiffy at an Art Deco fashion show. Hosted by the Art Deco Society of California, the elegant event highlighted vintage fashions in the lovely environs of the Bellevue Club in Oakland.
Mom and I had great fun putting our outfits together. She is sporting one of my brother’s designs, a hand painted silk sheath dress with a kimono-style wrap. She’s paired it with an early 20th century brown velvet hat. The necklace she’s wearing is carved red carnelian from 1930s China.
I am wearing a wool a-line dress with a geometric red inset. The hat is a navy blue 30s cloche and I bought the purse in London at an antique stall. (I love that bag – it’s got my initial.) The brooch on my dress is a hat motif in red Bakelite, also original 1930s.
We felt very House of Eliott that day. House of Eliott was a BBC series set in 1920s London about two sisters who open their own fashion house. Of course they do so facing monumental challenges and looking tres chic. (The costuming was fantastic to say the least.) The series ran for only three seasons and now has a cult following, including me and my mother.