Lily Absinthe- It’s All In The Details…

When it comes to the fashions of the late 19th Century, it’s fairly obvious that there’s a lot of detail involved in these creations. In recreating the fashions of this era, the job of getting the details right can be a daunting one but the rewards in the end are priceless. Below are just a few examples from the atelier:

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Pleats can be worked with in a variety of ways plus they can stand alone or work as part of a decorative arrangement.

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A demi-train (or short train). Ruffles and pleats are some of the key ingredients that make dresses of the era stand out. However, fabric flowers are also used as can be seen below:

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Flowers were formed from fabric in various combinations and were often painted and/or gilded for an additional three-dimension effect. It’s couture details like these that puts our designs ahead of the rest. 🙂

And We’re Back…

It’s Monday and I’m recovering from the drive back from Arizona so there’s not a lot for today. 🙂 Here’s a picture of me from the Third Territorial Days Ball:

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I was going for a formal white tie look but unfortunately, I’d left my white tie back in LA so I had to improvise with another tie which is more flashy but a bit more earlier in terms of period. Well, next time I won’t be for forgetful… 😉

 

Out & About In Tombstone…

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Saturday opened up cool and breezy and since there was little for me to do until the Territorial Days Ball that evening, I decided to take a swing around town. Because this is not a holiday weekend, there were not a lot of tourists in town so getting around was relatively easy. Weather-wise, it was a cool 90 degrees with an occasional breeze which made things even more pleasant.

I stared out in one of my usual favorite places, the OK Corral. The exhibits here have been gradually upgraded and freshened over the past several years, making for a more visually pleasing experience. Of course, I had to first make a beeline for…

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This is a modern reconstruction of CS Fly’s original photo studio and it was located in approximately the same location that the original was. Here’s a little of the interior which serves as an museum:

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A reconstruction of the dark room…and here’s the studio where people posed for their portraits:

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No doubt this plays a little fast and loose with how things were actually arranged but it gives the basic idea. Now for a little fun for the kids…

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Moving on, I headed up Allen Street…

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As you can see, town is a bit quiet today, unlike two weeks ago during Labor Day Weekend. 🙂

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And yes, this is the modern City Hall for the Town of Tombstone. Finally, I made it to where some of the Tombstone Territorial Days festivities were being held (the field is actually part of the old Tombstone High School):

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There were a number of activities going on to include Civil War era cannon firing demonstrations and a presentation called Reel vs. Real put on by Dr. Buck Montgomery and historian Lee Anderson where they discuss the contrast between what is presented in Western films and television versus the historical reality along with some demonstrations of various stunts. What was especially interesting is that working cowboys rarely carried guns on a regular basis and they did not use trick roping- they were practical and had no use for anything that made a job more difficult (when you work some 14 hours a day in the saddle, you’re simply too tired 🙂 ).

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Here we see Lee Anderson explain how something really happened in the West…

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Overall, it was a both educational and entertaining in equal measures and I greatly enjoyed it. Well, that my Saturday day, stay tuned for more. 🙂

 

And We’re Here At No. 11…

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Rolled into Tombstone after the usual nine-hour drive and now there’s work to be done getting Schieffelin Hall ready for the Tombstone Territorial Days, scheduled for Saturday, September 16. 🙂

And here’s my best friend and creative consultant Molly- she goes everywhere with us and she even has her own travel cup. See  you all soon!

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