Last night one of my dear friends celebrated her birthday, and as a fan of the 40s and big band music, she selected one of the big band nights at Cicada to celebrate. As Cicada is house in the oldest art deco building in Los Angeles, the Oviatt Building, many people dress 20s for their visit, and I originally planned to wear a beaded 20s style number I purchased ages ago for an event in April, which was cancelled. But as I thought more about it…the fact the music was going to be more 40s, all the other people in our group were going for a 40s look, and the fact I’m on the tail of a cold, I decided at the last minute to go in a more comfy, yet still glamorous and kind of 40s-ish (but actually 70s) number that I recently acquired. Besides, it also gave me Countess vibes, which was fitting, seeing as Cicada’s exterior was used in American Horror Story: Hotel, and the interior was the inspiration behind the set for the hotel, and when the show was completed, the club acquired the chandeliers used in the show.
So, yes, this gown is 70s, I mean I think it looks it, but also still offer a bit of an old Hollywood vibe, and everyone kept telling me it had a Ginger Rogers feel. It’s also incredibly comfy, and has a cape. So…it’s a win-win. It’s one of the few pieces I kept from my grandmother’s vintage clothing collection (many pieces were too large) when I helped my sister with downsizing our grandmother’s place before her move to an assisted living situation.
Unlike our last visit, where we dined, this time we opted to just sit upstairs and enjoy the music and the bar. I can honestly say that the night ranks among one of my favorites since moving, and in life. I had a complete ball chatting with all of my other glamorous friends, and we even got down on the dance floor joined the conga line there was going for a period of time.
Gown: Belonged to my grandmother
Purse & Bangles: Buffalo Exchange
Earrings: I don’t remember…
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6 comments on “Countess Vibes”
Loving the dress! The colour is simply gorgeous and it just looks so grand!
My goodness you look amazing!!! Evening gowns like this are so stunning they need to see the outdoors a lot more!! I wish I had more friends who’d appreciate me dressing up so glamorously!
Love these photos! How cool that the dress belonged to your grandmother! Fab. xo
That is a fabulous dress! And so much more interesting that it has history too. You did a great job of styling it 40’s, and definitely suited the surroundings 🙂
Ravishingly gorgeous ensemble! The colour of that dress is so sophisticatedly chic and perfect for evening. What a special piece of family heirloom vintage to have in your wardrobe. I only have a few pieces that have been handed down to me from my relatives (almost no one on either side of my family saved “old things”), but those that I do are genuinely my most prized vintage pieces.
It warms my heart to know that you had such an amazing evening. Three giant cheers for such!
xoxo ♥ Jessica
Cooler then frost bite! One could not tell your dress was from the 1970s it totally looks 1930s especially with your fab do. Plus in the 1970s , there was a 1920s and early 1930s fashion influence going around too.