Sunday, 19 April 2009

So you think you can dance? (jane Austen edition)

Just a few pictures while I work out how much (if any) I can ethically blog about our weekend among the dancers





I can probably safely mention that 1) I walked home in that getup on Saturday night, though Dorian removed his hat 2) my calves are still aching and 3) as good as the festival was the most fun part of the whole four days was very definitely hanging out with local bloggers - first meeting Hil on Friday afternoon and then breakfast with the Ampersand Duck and Crazybrave / PDP households this morning, followed by a tour of Ms Duck's studio and a visit to the National Portrait Gallery. Delicious, hilarious, interesting, and most importantly, sane! Thanks, Canberrans.

19 comments:

Zoe said...

Perhaps we just looked sane following the weekend crowd?

But it was lovely, wasn't it? Wish we could do it more often.

(ps slim pickins at the tip shop, apparently because people don't throw stuff out in the holidays.)

Mel said...

Your wrap/shawl thing raises the question of what Regency ladies would wear over their evening dresses in cold weather? A pelisse? (I only know that word from reading Persuasion.)

dogpossum said...

omg orsum!
I'm dying of jealousy. more details. ethics bedamned. blog!!

Suse said...

The enormous blue feather is a brilliant touch.

lucy tartan said...

The feather was a last-minute edition courtesy of Lincraft in Civic and feelings of inadequacy at the costumes already sighted at earlier events.

Dp; I do intend to write a post just about what it was like dancing.

Mel, I think they just wore cloaks over their evening dresses, a pelisse would crush the dress a bit much - although lots of women only had one winter coat to last them for several years, so if that was a pelisse then that's probably what they wore.

The pelisse conversation in Persuasion is excellent.

ThirdCat said...

my goodness, but there's a lot of people there...do they come from all over Australia or just Canberra? Surely all over, she mutters to herself and considers deleting the comment.

word verification: uncromp
that's tickled my fancy

Bwca Brownie said...

Oh! What everybody said, again.
Looks like awesome fun, sorry about the calves, feather just the cherry-on-top! Dorian Goes Darcy indeed. All sounds divine you lucky things.

innercitygarden said...

Your dress looks fabulous, and the feather inspired. I think when you have to walk to or from a party in dress-ups it's best to think of it as your contribution to someone having a delightfully weird experience that they can tell their family/housemates about.

I'm sure I provided such a moment in Heathcote yesterday when I was seen brushing my teeth in the car by several small children.

Hil said...

I very much enjoyed Friday afternoon, too, and hope we can meet again sometime. The outfit turned out very well - love the feather!

lucy tartan said...

I met lots from Sydney and Canberra and a few from Melbourne and Adelaide.

Ampersand Duck said...

Just realised from a comment you made over breakfast that Dorian must have been one of those not fussed about jumping in the picture and therefore taking photos with many cameras... can't see him anywhere near you and the pirate, so it must be so.

Thanks for coming, it was grouse.
You remind me that I must have a cuppa with Hil sometime soon too.

Pavlov's Cat said...

The outfit is a triumph, you look lovely.

naomi said...

You look splendid! I honestly don't know how you manage to be sartorially splendid, in clothes you've made yourself, whilst holding down a respectable position AND blogging ... orsum indeed.

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

you look FAB - and I'm dying to hear all about it too. were your shoes comfy?

Alexis, Baron von Harlot said...

Did the dancers use their real names? Did you wind up in discussions about period undergarmentry? Did you spot any real life matrimonial prospecting? Did you know that ice-cream and hot air balloons had both been invented by the end of the eighteenth century? My feeling is that a full and frank recap is in the public interest.

lucy tartan said...

My shoes were very comfy, but the backs of my calves are still sore.

Baron, 'yes' to all of those questions. One undies conversation was accompanied by visuals.

R.H. said...

Years ago I visited Sovereign Hill, I went into a retro clothes shop and wasn't there long before a loud-voiced woman in costume declared: "I see you're looking at the ladies underwear, sir."
I wasn't, not in particular, but before I could plead innocent she began a haughty lecture about the necessity of knowing HOW TO WEAR PERIOD DRESS. You don't just toss it on and stroll about apparently, it's a study, an art, and she was indignant that mugs might think otherwise. She'd chosen me as one of them, these mugs (goodness knows why), but it made a fine show for others in the shop. Meanwhile I knew defending myself would just give everyone a laugh, so I looked interested and shut up.
It's all the same, this fashion business -any era, you have to be in the know. I could dress up for Brunswick Street for instance, but never carry it off.

R.H. said...

And yes indeed, you're looking marvellous.

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