January 15, 2012
This entry is not so much about me, or my gown, but of all the wonderful ladies and gentlemen dressed in their finery. Yesterday my friends and I drove up to Los Angeles to join a tea event with the Costumer’s Guild West at the gorgeous Biltmore Hotel in the middle of downtown LA. When we first walked out of the parking garage we were all stopped in our tracks by the size of all the buildings.
Inside the Biltmore we were again awed by the architecture inside this grand old lady. Our attention first went to the grand staircase in front of us, with stairs rising on each side. The bottom of the staircase proved to be an excellent location for many photographs of everyone attending the tea. And then turning around was a beautiful view of a large arched window letting in so much light.
Our tea tables were already set with beautiful Royal Albert Old Country Roses china, and shortly after a tray of delicious sandwiches, scones, and desserts were brought out. I enjoyed many cups of Bombay Chai tea to go with my meal.
Before and after we’d eaten, many of us posed around the grand staircase for photos. These were some of my favorites. I wore my red and black bustle gown again, and this will probably be its final wearing for awhile.
The green 1917 dress was my favorite and I’m already planning one myself. It was the first dress of that time period that I've liked and she did a wonderful job on it.
These are a few photos of my friends and other attendees.
After the tea was over, many of us walked across the street to the outdoor ice skating rink, and 6 of them donned ice skates and skated with their costumes on. I was very impressed. I tried taking photos but they moved so quickly, they were a blur mostly. But with all the Christmas lights still up, it still looked pretty.