I'm a sucker for a silent auction, and the chance to own a 1920s era dress and feather stole that were part of the Indiana Repertory Theatre's production of The Great Gatsby was too good to resist. After all, it was for a good cause...
What's more, the burned out silk velvet floral print seemed meant for my closet. In fact, four different people approached me during the cocktail reception that kicked off last night's IRT Celebrity Radio Show to tell me this particular ensemble brought me to mind.
I was drawn to the gown the minute I laid eyes on it. Though it's a period piece, the style is timeless. The rich colors; the elegant draping of velvet over a solid silk slip; and the iridescent glass beadwork at the waist bring art deco era drama without looking like a costume. Even so, I was hesitant to bid - I had no idea whether the dress would fit, or even if did, whether the cut would be flattering on a figure that is decidedly more 1950s than 1920s.
Yet, as the end of the evening drew near and I saw that no one else had staked a claim on this gorgeous piece of IRT history, I decided to take a chance on such a unique and special garment. Of course, you know I had to try it on as soon as I got home even though it was after midnight, and I was so happy it fit that I may or may not have danced around the room doing my own uncoordinated version of the Charleston until I was too tired to take another step. Though the ensemble made its debut on the IRT stage, I'm the one planning its encore performance.
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!
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