I was cordially invited to a High Tea “hosted by Lady Catherine de Bourgh”, courtesy of the USYD Darcy Society, so yesterday afternoon I skipped off to the Queen Victoria Building in a pretty frock for two hours of lavish dining. I was joined by Darcy Soc members, as well as some lovely friends who were drawn to the promise of tartines and clotted cream.
I thought I was well-dressed, but my dear friend Kate outdressed us all. I had opted for a 50s ensemble in accordance with my usual fare, donning my most recent purchase: the blue velvet dress. Kate, however, had come entirely in Victorian costume. Her outfit was constructed from items already in her wardrobe, and was wildly impressive. You can enjoy her ladylike figure in the myriad of photos below.
The tea itself was splendid, as expected. The Tea Room was a wonderful host, and provided three-tiered stands of delectable canapes. It made me anxious to purchase “The Vintage Tea Party Book” by Angel Adoree, which I’ve been stalking online and lusting after as I live vicariously through other vintage bloggers.
Voila, some photos:
Dress: vintage 50s, from “Shag” on Oxford St, Sydney
Lace gloves: from a vintage store in Bellingen, but I theorise that they’re not vintage
Belt: Alannah Hill
Clip-on earrings: thrifted
Hair flowers: Sportsgirl
Stockings: Leona Edminston
And here are some pictures from our little photoshoot around the QVB, post-tea:
I spent today in a little apron peddling baked goods to passersby in the name of “Darcy Society”. Darcy Soc is a society I’m a part of at uni dedicated to period drama, Jane Austen, Colin Firth and the like. Being an enthusiast of all things nineteenth century, I’m naturally quite a fan of Darcy Soc, so I gladly spent four hours baking last night. And all went well – ’twas a success!
Though the society predicates that we’re appreciating pre-twentieth century culture, visitors to the stall nevertheless seemed to think I was dressed in costume to get in the spirit. I think it was the apron that did it. One particular old woman complimented me on my Elizabeth Bennet costume.
Here are some photos:
The very aesthetically pleasing stall. Check out that adorable banner.
Manning the stall with a fellow Darcy devotee.
We named the baked goods.
Philosopher’s Scones! Oh wow, such fantastic naming.
The gorgeous Jesse dropped by in a fantastic outfit as per usual.
Bake sale turned into impromptu picnic with Jesse and Tim.
Dress – vintage 50s, bought in Camden Passage, London
Cardigan – Topshop
Necklace – vintage 50s, part of a set bought in Retrospeed in Newtown, Sydney
Apron – vintage 50s, bought at the 2011 Fifties Fair in Sydney
Belt – secondhand, bought in Portland, Oregon
Hair flowers – Accessorize
Tan Fishnets – Accessorize
Shoes – “Office”, bought in Cambridge, UK