Monday, June 25, 2012

Recap: Dandylicious Fashion Show

On June 1st, I participated in the 'Dandy-licious' fashion show, hosted by the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco as part of their popular Friday Nights series, in partnership with the East Bay Express. The show was held in conjunction with the DeYoung's current exhibition, 'The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk', running until August 18th. The exhibit is astounding and not to be missed!

It was such a pleasure to work with Dark Garden Corsetry (who provided the stunning corsets, of course) and Duchess Clothier (who contributed the snappy suits)!

Here's a video of the show:

Photographs also appeared in the East Bay Express, and on SF Indie Fashion.

Here are some great photos taken by Joel Aron. He's so talented, it's crazy. Except for two vintage top hats (as noted), I made all the hats that appeared in the show, and on the heads of many supporters in the audience.

The following photos show the models and crew getting ready before the show. With such a talented photographer, and such a pretty group of folks, even the candid shots are gorgeous.

Jeffrey (left) wears a lovely vintage top hat. My husband John (right) sports my brand new 'Clive' style hat in Panama straw.

John was a big help in finding the right hat to go with each outfit. Here, he tries a new 'Blake' fedora on a happy model.

 My new ladies 'Dee' fedora went well with a 'Dollymop' brand corset from Dark Garden.

 Something great (among many great things) about Dark Garden corsets is they look just as beautiful from the back!

This vest-fronted corset, made by Sarah of Dark Garden for her beau Erik, was the stunner of the show for me. I'm still floored by it.

Christopher wears a black 'Neville' bowler hat. He liked it so much, he wants to buy one to keep.

 Pre-show rehearsal. I brought a variety of 'Neville' bowlers and 'Drake' fedoras for the show.

Autumn Adamme, Proprietress of Dark Garden, wears a vintage top hat and white pique tuxedo vest corset. Her chic and inventiveness know no bounds.

The classic styling of Duchess suits were great in combination with the corsets and hats. 

The following photos are from the stage show itself. It was so much fun to see everything come together, and really exciting to see so many of my hats on heads in one place!

I haven't named this wide-brimmed Cab Calloway style fedora yet, worn by Raymond (2nd from right). I made it especially for the show with Raymond in mind, but I like it so much I'm thinking about adding it to my Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

Daniel (far right) models a 'Kingston' fedora. Watch out for those in Fall/Winter 2012. And I can't get over how cute Ben was with that fan.

And finally, a portrait that Joel took that night of one of the MCs from the show, wearing a 'Maman Brigitte' top hat.

There were hundreds and hundreds of people in the audience, and everyone involved with putting the show together was delighted with the result. Thanks again to all of our gorgeous models, and to the DeYoung Museum and the East Bay Express for helping make this great event happen!


  1. Corset and tilted fedora? Scandalous! Amazing!

  2. Looks like a fun time! Hats look spectacular, as usual.

  3. Wonderful! It's so refreshing to see people dressed nicely, instead of baggy pants below your butt.

  4. May I ask where the clothing for your show came from?

    I'm tremendously interested in the waistcoat worn by the woman in the center of the second photo from the bottom

  5. Hi Lily. Sorry for the late response. The clothing in the fashion show was made by Dark Garden Corsetry. The waistcoats had corsets built in. Look them up online, they do beautiful work!