Personal Note: I’m going to be spending the rest of October with my oldest friends — two women who have been putting up with me and making me laugh since 1957. New Blog posts, written ahead of time, will keep appearing at witness2fashion, but I won’t have internet access, so I may not be able to respond to comments right away.
Meanwhile, I’ll be sharing some fashions from Octobers long ago.
“… Produce weird and wonderful outfits for this year’s masked parties.”
I can’t sincerely recommend any of these costume party ideas for “sub-debs,” even aside from the fact that costumes made of paper are not fire-safe. (Crepe paper costumes were shockingly common back in the days when a party was usually held in a room full of lighted cigarettes.)
I’m not sure what the hatbox costume represents. Any guesses?
I hope the prizes are awarded early, before the robot realizes he can’t eat or drink — or kiss a girl.
Some guests have made costumes from sewing patterns — like the clown and the colonial lady:
In the background here, we can see a lady in Tudor or “medieval” dress (right), another cone-shaped clown hat center), and a top hat on a curly blonde head — is it Harpo Marx? Or a lady in a riding habit?
The author’s suggestion that “Two of you might go as London Bridge” reminds me of a fraternity house costume party I heard about in the 1960’s. Six of the “brothers” went as a six-pack of their favorite beer. The costume was a prize winner, but it seriously undermined their ability to pick up girls. Or dance. Or visit the buffet (only two were facing out). A visit to the men’s room was quite a challenge, too.
Perhaps the author favored these costumes for teenagers because they definitely minimize opportunities for close contact. I bet the clown and the colonial lady had a much better time than the robot, the cuckoo clock and the skyscraper!