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Published on January 27th, 2011 | by Ruth and Greg

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Mustaches and Corsets: Edwardian Ball 2011

Top hats, feath­ers, corsets, and waxed mus­tach­es adorned the line of peo­ple along Van Ness wait­ing to get in­to the Re­gen­cy Ball­room for the Ed­war­dian Ball. Amongst the throngs of ladies and gen­tle­men, we wait­ed our turn, tot­tered up the stairs, and en­tered a unique­ly San Fran­cis­co af­fair, an al­ter­nate world hov­er­ing be­tween the past and the nev­er-was.

As you can see from the pic­tures above, and the oth­ers on our Face­book al­bum, out­fits var­ied from au­then­tic pe­ri­od garb to de­con­struct­ed type­writ­ers for up­per body wear and bou­quet dress­es. It was a night to see and be seen, with much of the fun com­ing from ad­mir­ing the oth­er at­ten­dees. There was plen­ty of live mu­sic, and cir­cus acts, as well as a cute tea area, sev­er­al bars, and a bazaar. We loved the build­ing it­self, with the bal­cony and adorn­ments, and the Gorey art spread through­out. We ran in­to sev­er­al peo­ple we knew from var­i­ous oth­er ar­eas of life, and ad­mired their fin­ery. Down­stairs at the bazaar we re­sist­ed sev­er­al tempt­ing (corsets, hats, lacy cuff in­lays…) items, but did suc­cumb to the charms of a flow­er and feath­ers hair clip and a gift for some­one who may read this.

For those who have yet to ex­pe­ri­ence the mag­ic of the event, the next edi­tion will be held in Los An­ge­les on March 5th. We’re ea­ger­ly await­ing next year’s ball in San Fran­cis­co, pol­ish­ing our clock­work and brain­storm­ing our en­sem­bles.

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