A Brief Education in Dressing
So I figured if I’m going to spam you guys about Vic Ball, I should actually educate you. For tonight, I’m wearing the closest thing I could afford to period clothing.* I’ve made all my own undergarments, with the exception of the corset which someone else made, and then a friend made my gown. Most people will only see the gown, but the undergarments are just as important. This is how I’ve gotten dressed for the evening:
“One of the musicians at Vic Ball mourned there being no Oscar Wilde this year. You are remembered!”—
Just got this message on Facebook and a phone call from darlingchaos with everyone at the University of Mary Washington Victorian Ball screaming “HIIIII OSCAAAAR!!!!” I couldn’t make it this year, but I gotta say THAT WAS ONE OF THE BEST PHONE CALLS EVER. And it’s not just me or my costume that they miss, because not everyone at Vic Ball knows me personally…
which tells me that EVERYONE IN THAT ROOM JUST LOVES OSCAR WILDE.
AND I’M OK WITH THAT.
RIP OSCAR WILDE. WE LOVE YOU.
I get to go to the Victorian Ball today :D
UMW’s Historic Preservation Club is having the Vic Ball today and I get to attend with a friend within the major who has let me borrow one of the dresses she sewn :D This is so exciting, guys!!! I may not be a Historic Preservation major but I really love reenactments :D
Doctor Who and the Etiquette of Victorian Ball Dance...
The Doctor — specifically the Eleventh — would be severely inappropriate at a Victorian ball. For example:
“No gentleman should play the clown in the ballroom. Dancing a break-down, making unusual noise, dressing in a peculiar style, swinging the arms about, swaggering, etc. are simply the characteristics of a buffoon.”
(Admittedly the second example is more of a gleeful romp through the TARDIS, but still)
“A gentleman who goes to a ball should dance frequently. If he does not, he will not receive many invitations afterward; he is not invited to ornament the wall and ‘wait for supper’.”
Poor, poor, Doctor. ;.;