Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Art of Science Fiction

I have a not so secret soft spot for science fiction from across the pond, and I'm not afraid to admit it. I'm also not afraid to wear my heart on my sleeve (or my dress, if you will) when it comes to expressing my fondness for the good Dr. Though, I do prefer a bit of subtlety over the all out Gen-Con fan girl cosplay that will descend on the Circle City next week. Not that there's anything wrong with cosplay (there's not), but it's not really work appropriate (unless you work at a gaming store or an amusement park, in which case have at it).
This dress is a different story. I feel entirely comfortable wearing it to the office. At first glance, it merely looks like an abstract pattern reminiscent of Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night. But on closer inspection, those in the know will recognize the time traveling blue police box that is "bigger on the inside" and has been an iconic symbol of the world's longest running science fiction program since 1963. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, we can't be friends...Just kidding. I don't actually run into many fanatics of the BBC classic, and this dress received multiple compliments yesterday from people who had no idea the pattern was a reference to Dr. Who, let alone one of my favorite story lines. The people who actually did recognize it...well, they're a little bit cooler than everyone else. Just sayin'...
I fell in love with the exploding TARDIS pattern months ago, and was thrilled to find a dressmaker in Memphis offering a custom-made dress from the fabric on Etsy. I love Etsy,and I have generally had good luck with my purchases from the online marketplace for vintage and unique handmade goods. Yet, when you're ordering a made to measure dress through the internet and in-person fittings aren't possible, there's always a risk the end result won't meet expectations. Not so with this dress from Four Eyed Girl - it fits perfectly, and is very well made. I was nervous when I opened the package, but downright giddy once I tried it on. What's more, it only took a couple of weeks from order to delivery. I wish every dress in my closet fit this well, and I can't wait to have Four Eyed Girl's Ashley Kopera make something else just for me - the only hard part will be choosing among several fabrics (none of which are science fiction related) that I've fallen in love with!  
All the details: Mustard and gold bag (Relic); Shoes (Poetic License); Citrine ring (David Yurman); Watch (Anne Klein); Leather floral bracelet (Indianapolis Museum of Art Gift Shop); TARDIS iPhone 5 case (eBay).
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!

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