{Day 6} House of @ERCorrigan #NovelFashionWeek

“I don’t do fashion. I am fashion.”Coco Chanel


Welcome to Novel Fashion Week!  I'm so glad you could join us on the the kick off of this event. This hour's designer is House of Elizabeth Corrigan presenting her Collection: 50s fashion, by way of Madrid! 

Novel Fashion Week- day 7

The Runway Song
Sorry folks...no music for this showcase.
The Collection

Five Minute 50s Fashion

When I came up with the idea for my upcoming novel, Catching a Man, I wanted something that was completely different. So I decided to write about a completely fictional world, in the vein of epic fantasy, but one where the technology was like the 1950s. Eventually in doing this, I realized I had a problem. How was I supposed to communicate to everyone that it was the 50s without being able to actually say so? I decided I needed to make everything—the clothes, the hair, the technology—as 50s as possible. Which meant that I needed to research the fashion of the 50s. And in doing so, I learned all kinds of cool things.

The most iconic dresses of the 50s were the New Look dresses, the ones with the knee-length full skirts. New Look dresses often had straps or halter tops with sweetheart or Queen Anne necklines, over which a sweater could be worn. Kadin, my female main character, was of a tall and study build, though, so I thought the skirts of a New Look dress might not flatter her. So I generally put her in the other type of dress that was big in the 50s, the wiggle dress, which looked a lot like New Look dresses but had a knee-length tapered skirt.

Businessmen of the ilk in Catching a Man often wore three-piece suits, which are quite dignified but don’t necessarily make for exciting descriptions. So I was really excited when I came across the style for the Teddy Boys—young men who dressed in Edwardian fashions. Teddy Boys wore frock coats, pants short enough that one could see their brightly colored socks, and flared hair over their brows. I couldn’t dress every male character this way, but the style would definitely have appealed to Kadin’s friend Olivan.

I originally envisioned my women with long hair, but a quick search revealed that I was thinking of 40s hair. Women in the 50s often wore their hair short. Kadin wears her red hair in a bob, with ringlets around her face. Her friend Trinithy wears a beehive, and one of the noblewomen, Lady Beatrin, has a pixie cut.

As the story went on, I found myself asking all kinds of questions about 50s fashion, and no doubt I will be asking more as I write further books in the series. What were the shoes like? (Stiletto heels with rounded or peep toes, which is good because they become plot-relevant. Men’s shoes were a bit trickier because of the names. Could I call a shoe a “creeper” when no one knew it was a suede shoe with a thick sole?) What kinds of purses did women carry? (They varied, but brocades and beads were definitely things.) How did they do their nails? (Almond shape tips, and a popular patter was to have a crescent moon shape at the nail bed with no polish on it.) And of course I had to throw in horn-rimmed glasses and panty hose with seams up the backs! All in all, it’s been very interesting. It almost makes me want to come up with another series 20 years down the line so I can research 70s fashion, too!

The Novels Highlighted

Oracle of Philadelphia (Earthbound Angels, #1) Oracle of Philadelphia
(Earthbound Angels #1)
by Elizabeth Corrigan
Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published March 20th 2013
by Red Adept Publishing
Carrie works at a diner in South Philadelphia, dispensing advice to humans and angels wise enough to seek her counsel. But there are some problems that even the best advice can’t solve.

Her latest supplicant, Sebastian, is unique among those who have sought her aid. He sold his soul to a demon in exchange for his sister’s life, but his heart remains pure.

Carrie has lived for millennia with the knowledge that her immortality is due to the suffering of others, and she cannot bear to see another good man damned when it is within her power to prevent it.

In order to renegotiate his contract, Carrie must travel into the depths of hell and parley with the demons that control its pathways. As the cost of her journey rises, Carrie must determine how much she is willing to sacrifice to save one good soul.
Raising Chaos (Earthbound Angels, #2)
 Raising Chaos
(Earthbound Angels #2)
by Elizabeth Corrigan
Paperback, 270 pages
Published February 4th 2014
by Red Adept Publishing, LLC

When good fails, chaos rises to the challenge.

The daily life of a chaos demon is delightfully sinful—overindulging in Sri Lankan delicacies, trespassing on private beaches in Hawaii, and getting soused at the best angel bar on the planet. But when Bedlam learns that the archdemon Azrael has escaped from the Abyss in order to wreak vengeance against the person who sent her there—Bedlam’s best friend, Khet—he can’t sit idly by.

Only one relic possesses the power to kill Khet, who suffers immortality at Lucifer’s request: the mythical Spear of Destiny, which pierced Christ’s side at His crucifixion. Neither angel nor demon has seen the Spear in two thousand years, but Azrael claims to know its location. Bedlam has no choice but to interpret woefully outdated clues and race her to its ancient resting place.

His quest is made nearly impossible by the interference of a persnickety archivist, Keziel—his angelic ex—and a dedicated cult intent on keeping the Spear out of the wrong hands. But to Bedlam, “wrong” is just an arbitrary word, and there’s no way he’s letting Khet die without a fight.

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  1. Aww no music this time round :( Oh well! Nice cover, but not as great as some of the others I have seen flocking around this great blog! I am following on bloglovin now as well :D

    Check out my double giveaway: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2014/09/make-up-in-society-guest-post-giveaway.html

  2. 50's fashion is an interesting take. Immortality through suffering is quite a pill to swallow.


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