Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival 2011

Has it really been 3 weeks since my last post? As much as I enjoyed my little blogging break, I'm glad to be back! As I mentioned in my last post, this past weekend we attended the 7th Annual Queen Mary Art Deco Festival, hosted by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. In addition to being an incredible time, the Festival is a fundraiser for restoration projects on the Queen Mary. It's amazing that we have this treasure here available to the public, and the recent work done on the ship has been great - I think she looks better and better every time I go! 
With Lauren of Wearing History

The Festival runs from Friday through Sunday, and there are package options for the whole weekend or a la cart - very neat if you can only go on one day or want to try out the experience without making a big commitment. We attended the whole weekend, but as we live locally we drove back and forth from home. Someday we'll have to get a catsitter and stay on the ship. :)

Friday Night Reception at the Veranda Grill, with Chris and Sharlene, a member of the ASDLA board.
Music provided by Jim Ziegler and the Swingsations.

One of the highlights of the weekend was getting to meet Jill from Tea with the Vintage Baroness. Her Schiaparelli-inspired bow dress was one of my favorites from the whole weekend - it sparkled like crazy with rhinestones on black velvet. My dress is my first actual vintage evening gown ever, only just acquired this summer. It's wool crepe, so it's sturdy enough for dancing - and that long skirt made me feel like Ginger Rogers!

After the cocktail reception was the Pajama Party - we didn't have pj's, but we went for tea and cookies anyway. Based on a Horse Racing game played on the Queen Mary when she sailed, we played a (fundraiser) betting game where 6 wooden horses race to the finish, fueled by the roll of a die. I got to jockey horse #3 in the first race. I didn't win, but it was a photo finish!

(This is my personal favorite photo from the weekend! :)
On Saturday we went back to the ship during the day and after doing some damage at the Marketplace Bazaar, we met up with friends and walked around the boat. There were also tours and art deco lectures during the day, open to the public.

With Lauren and Jill

You've seen this outfit before, but I made a 30's fedora-style hat to go with it for this event (pattern available from Wearing History). I'm not much of a hat-wearer so I was nervous about it, but when a couple of dealers in the marketplace asked me where I found the matching ensemble, I decided it must have turned out okay!

Art Deco Ball - Saturday Night

We ran home, and after slapping on some fresh lipstick and fluffing my hair, we headed back in the evening for the Ball. It was a formal dinner in the Grand Salon, with music by Dean Mora and His Modern Rhythmists. We stayed there until our toes gave out, but if you wanted more dancing you could head up to the Observation Bar for Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five.

With Sharlene and Dean Mora, the bandleader of Mora's Modern Rhythmists

With Lauren and Jill - aren't they stunning? Everyone looked exquisite!

On Sunday we took it easy, and just relaxed and only attended the Tea Dance. I had big plans to make a 30's chiffon gown, but obviously that didn't happen. ;) So I pulled out a favorite Loco Lindo dress, and realized that this white nautical jacket went with it - perfect for a day on a boat! Chris loaned me a pocket square, and we were off! There were loads of amazing chiffon gowns at the tea dance, so I got my fix anyway.

Chris wore a striking 3-piece beltback suit, I thought he looked fantastic! It had a couple little moth bites, so he did some darning and repair work on it himself. Made me proud. :)

Obligatory dance shots. Can't resist. :)


Big thanks to the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and the Queen Mary for hosting this event, 
and to Lauren and Sharlene for sharing their photos with me.


  1. Such FABULOUS photos (how did you get the crinkling effect? LOVE it!)...Looks like you just stepped out of the 30's! I loved all your ensembles and so fabulous to meet Jill and hang out with Lauren! Oh, how I wish I was there!!!

  2. Oh my, this looks top drawer! I'm lost for words actually. :-)

  3. Debi - photo effects are from Lo-Fi app - it's a really fun program!

    Perhaps a bigger blogger meetup should happen next year? ;)

  4. I'm so glad you guys had a good time. I wish we could have joined you. I LOVE that black dress - you look wonderful!!!

  5. looks like so much fun. i had no idea about this, and i live in belmont shore, which is superduperclose. i'm going next year, for sure!

  6. Gorgeous, gorgeous! You and the boat!

  7. Yay! Such a wonderful weekend! You looked like a glamourous movie star the whole weekend. LOVE that studded dress, and, of course, your stripey accent ensemble. You are awesome :)

  8. Great pictures! I live in Sherman Oaks and wanted to go *so* badly, but I was stuck at work all weekend. I am going to start going to more Art Deco Society events, so maybe we will run into each other :)


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