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1930s Vintage Dress at the Gatsby Picnic

Yesterday was the annual Gatsby Summer Afternoon, hosted by the Art Deco Society at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate. (This wonderful event is open to the public, but buy your tickets early because they sold out this year!) There is a live band, dancing, gorgeous antique automobiles, and many great costumes. I found a car that matched my dress! image

The dress I wore is a vintage 1930s gown made of a very fine cotton or rayon net. It was such a lucky find in great condition!  I am wearing the 23 Skidoos from American Duchess and a hat I trimmed myself.image

I bought the hat base from Amazon and decorated with a scrap of green silk taffeta from my stash, and some pink blossoms from Michael’s.image

A group of us reserved an umbrella table and organized a luncheon.image

We also had delicious cocktails (that matched Samantha, winner of the fashion contest!)image

For the first time I was invited to sit inside one of the vintage cars! image

Bonus photo: I realized my dress matched the car so well it looked like I had extra “assets.” Hah!image

Here is the brochure with the schedule if you are interested in the many activities and performances that happen at the picnic. Hope to see you next year!imageimageimage

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7 responses »

  1. Oh, how stunning! When I first saw the photo of you with the car I thought you decided to match the colour (now that is dedication!). What a happy coincidence. I absolutely love the fashion of that era, unfortunately the lines don’t complement my body type.

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    • It was a lovely coincidence! The 20s and 30s silhouette looks different to our modern eye, but there were many ladies of all sizes and shapes at the picnic that looked beautiful. If you find a gown that has the right fit and proportion to match your shape you will look great!

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  2. Looks like an amazing time! Your dress is fabulous – love the colour!

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  3. What a beautiful dress! It suits you so well and your hat completes the look. The Gatsby was wonderful this year, although I should have brought my stole with me!!

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