The event took place at the carriage house of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. Originally built in 1888, the space was perfect for a speakeasy! Jason, our gracious host, put in a huge amount of effort to build some pieces to add to the atmosphere, including a 20s-style roulette wheel, microphones, and jiggering an original still to run water. The props added a lot, and it was a lot of fun to explore everything the event had to offer.
|The carriage house in its heyday|
I wore a new-ish 20s evening dress I haven't posted about yet, mostly because it's not done. I used the same shot taffeta as the regency dress I whipped together in February, and it is still fabulously magical stuff. Rather than the straight-rectangle shapes I used for the seersucker dress I made this summer, I tried a trapezoid skirt and cut the waistband on the bias to make it a little clingier. I'm really happy with how right for the 20s the silhouette turned out, and once it's trimmed I may actually like it...20s are so not my period! But if it means great cocktails and a lot of dancing, I'll put up with it.
|my new (totally untrimmed) shot taffeta dress|
I also tried something new with my hair, aiming for those iconic flapper waves. I used an electric 3-barrel crimper on the front sections, which you can sort of see in the picture above. Unfortunately, once my unruly curls started frizzing (the band was too good not to dance!) the effect was way less noticeable. I have some thoughts (thanks to some great advice--thanks Emily!) on what to try next, so I may have give that a shot sometime soon.
|waved hair, candy cigarettes, and a real 1920s slot machine|
The event was also sponsored by Bully Boy Distillers, a local whiskey distillery. They provided lovely cocktails, and I recommend the brand if you live in the area.
So without further ado, step into the speakeasy with me!
|A tin sign protesting the amendment that outlawed alcohol|
|This banner was strung across the dance floor--are you a member of the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment?|
|The fab cigarette girls were handing out candy cigarettes--I didn't know they still made those!|
|a crooked cop dealing at the blackjack table|
|betting at the roulette table|
|bottles by the still|
|with a Bully Boy cocktail|
|There were two fun performances by the Chifferobes, and I snapped this just before they started|
|end-of-the-night announcements on one of the reproduction microphones|
What a grand evening! If you're in the Boston area, you definitely shouldn't miss the next one...Check out the site link above for the details, and I'll see you there!