Sunday, May 27, 2007

Goings on: The Queen's Birthday and Black & White "ball"

Last Thursday we celebrated the Queen's Birthday at a lovely gathering hosted by Sir Edward Pearse and Miss Christine McAllister. Since Queen Victoria's reign spanned a goodly number of years, there were examples of the fashions of a good portion of the 19th century. The 50s and 60s dominated, but I prefer the decades on either side and so chose a frock from the late 80s.

Here I am dancing with our dashing host, Sir Edward (sporting a mechanical arm since the recent unpleasantness with Neualtenberg).

Earlier, my good friend E. Somme offered his arm and we trod the grass a bit.

On Friday, the weekly dance theme was "Black & White". It being Steelhead, I assumed the music would be "pop" and so wasn't too worried about my lack of appropriately hued formalwear. I found a black cocktail dress with white dots ca. 1950s in my wardrobe, and saw a good opportunity to try a new hairdo.

Here we are dancing in the giant TV, provided by the gentleman in shirtsleeves (who's name escapes me). Sir Ed came as a b&w space hero, and Red Calibre is appropriate (pictured) in white tie & tails, while Tensai Hilra does her street punk and Emily Orr chose a jaunty plaid dinner gown.

At one point I glanced up from the dance floor (and friend Hermione Pennyfeather, left) and saw that Tensai Hilra's cat (I think that's who it is) was keeping an eye on us from above. Cats: gotta' love 'em.


Edward Pearse said...

Some very lovely photographs. And thank you very much for coming

Neb said...

Any affair hosted by you and or Miss McAllister is bound to be worth attending, Col. Pearse! My pleasure!

Eladrienne Laval said...

That's very true that the 1850s and 60s seem to be the predominant fashion. For me, the much more streamlined silhouette of the 1870s is my preferred clothing choice.