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Saturday 19 June 2010

Helpful suggestions - a permanent reference

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Would you appreciate some assistance sorting out which of the items in the shop go to make the outfits shown above? If so, I direct you to a new, permanent page available from the link Suggested Combinations under 'Notes' in the column on the right.

Wednesday 28 April 2010

Evening wear in detail

If you would first like a brief summary of what constitutes evening wear, as opposed to other forms of formal male dress, please look at this page.

The evening wear outfit I created for Blue Mars is based on three fabrics: barathea, which is used for the base of each black garment, grosgrain, which is used for the dark details and has a ribbed, satiny finish, and pique, a fabric which has a somewhat chequered appearance on close inspection. It is traditional that the tie, shirt and waistcoat are made in white cotton pique.

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Starting at the top, you will see that the shirt is fitted with a stand-up collar. There is a small white bow tie which is properly quite inconspicuous against the shirt and collar. The shirt has a fly-fronted placket, which means that the buttons or studs are hidden beneath a strip or fold of material. If you catch the shirt at the right angle, you will be able to see into the fold, it really is there. The waistcoat is also white, has a collar and rounded lapels, and buttons low across the belly with three cloth-covered buttons.

The evening jacket is a double-breasted open-fronted tailcoat. These jackets are never buttoned; in fact, it would be impossible to button them, such is the cut. The lapels are covered in grosgrain, giving them a shinier appearance than the rest of the jacket. There is a breast pocket on the left. The tails are split down the centre, and each side is pleated, the pleats running vertically down from the buttons on the rear. Each jacket cuff is buttoned, and all buttons are covered in grosgrain, matching the lapels. The trousers are fitted with six tortoiseshell buttons for attaching braces (called suspenders in America) and one button at the fly. They have a recessed fly and side pockets. Evening wear trousers always feature side stripes; in this example the stripe is of grosgrain to match the highlighted parts of the jacket.

The most proper form of footwear for evening wear is a low slip-on known as an opera shoe. This often causes some surprise, as the shoes do rather resemble women's slippers. They are commonly made of very shiny (sometimes patent) leather. In this case the shoes are finished, as are the jacket and trousers, with grosgrain, used in both the edging of the opening, and the bow attached to the toe.

There are two further elements of evening wear that would be considered essential: hat and gloves. The hat would be a silk top hat, and the gloves would be white. No gentleman would be seen outside without his hat on, and no gentleman would ever dance without his gloves. As soon as such garments can be imported into Blue Mars, I shall see to it that they are.

Optional additions to evening wear might be a white tassled silk scarf, and a black opera cape, clasped at the neck, and lined, usually, with white silk. Pending more flexibility in the clothing system presently used in Blue Mars, these items might also see the light of day.

NB: some earlier photographs of my evening wear can be seen in this post.

Saturday 24 April 2010

First evening wear pictures

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Classic evening wear by Mako Magellan. In black: an open-front tailcoat of barathea with grosgrain lapels, trousers of barathea with grosgrain side stripes, silk socks, opera shoes finished in grosgrain. In white: a pique bow tie, a pique shirt, a pique waistcoat. Look out for top hat and gloves soon, too.

This is just a quick pictorial preview, and I shall be covering the evening wear outfit in more detail soon. For now though, these images serve to demonstrate that there is some room for improvement in the posing of avatars (the default walk and idle animations are a touch too insouciant for my tastes). The location I chose for this shoot is a featureless Martian plain covered in regular patterns which would seem to indicate the prior presence of some form of civilisation. One only hopes that it is the kind of civilisation a gentleman feels at home in.

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