Emerald Green Glamour

When planning what I’d wear during Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender, I was a little stumped on my outfit for being up on stage crowning the new Miss Viva Las Vegas Pin-Up winner. I wanted something on the fancier side, but not a gown and still appropriate for being out in the middle of the day. I also had to take into consideration that I’d be wearing my lilac sash from my win last year so picking out a complimentary colour was important.

Miss Victory Violet Miss Victory Violet

I chatted to Linda McCarthy Studio about making me the dress and together we figured out the final design. I searched through Pinterest and found a picture of a vintage pattern and fell in love with the cross-over bust and shoulder bows. Then we needed fabric!

Miss Victory Violet Miss Victory Violet

Linda was sorting through one of her many bags of fabrics and pulled out some off-cuts of a absolutely stunning emerald taffeta from a dress she made 2 years ago. That was it! I knew that was the colour and fabric but there was only one problem… sourcing it again! The store where Linda bought it no-longer had it in stock but thankfully she managed to find something very similar… and I’m so glad!

Miss Victory Violet Miss Victory Violet

One of my favourite things about this dress is the skirt! I had a custom made Malco Modes petticoat that I wanted to wear underneath but it’s a seriously gigantic. It’s the Madeline style in the custom length of 30″. This much volume in the petticoat meant that there needed to be A LOT of fabric in the skirt. Linda gathered on multiple metres and I love the couture look of the skirt. I must admit, I knocked a few things off the table in the hotel when I put this on at Viva!

Miss Victory Violet Miss Victory Violet

This dress turned out exactly how I imagined it to be and was perfect for the competition. Tony McKay Photography and I got together for this shoot a few weeks ago at Hamilton Gardens and I LOVED the Italian area- if you haven’t been, it’s a lovely place to wander around. Tony did a wonderful job at capturing the elegance of the dress and I love the entire set.

Miss Victory Violet

Full Outfit Details
Shoes- Miss L Fire
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Gloves- Vintage from my Nana
Earrings- Gift from a friend

A big thank you to Linda for her hard work on the dress and to Tony for the photos! We shot a few more pieces on the same day so keep an eye out for them in the coming weeks.


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Categories: Dresses, Pinup Fashion

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  1. That dress is pure perfect, I love the taffeta fabric and the rich emerald colour. The best thing has to be the skirt, I wish I had that much volume in my skirts!
    I’ve been thinking of buying a 60 yard petticoat by Sams, but didn’t quite manage to convince myself to buy one so poofy. I think I have a perfectly good reason now!

  2. You are really beautiful! I love this photo shoot, is very amazing.
    How make this fabulous hairstyle? Maybe, you make tutorial?

  3. What a stunning venue! And each photo is so beautifully staged. I can see why you adore this green frock..looks lovely against your hair! How will you resist wearing this full ’50s skirt daily?? It did look beautiful with your lilac sash.

  4. What a beautiful dress is an authentic fifties dress but adapted at our times. I love that Victory looks this style of clothes specially the skirt style full and full and terrifically flared. I love it.

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