Adult Program Story by Maria Parenti-Baldy
Steaming up SAFI's Saturday's Gala Dinner were the Victorian Era Sci-Fi cast from either The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Wild Wild West, H.G. Wells - War of the Worlds or Jules Verne - Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
Ipswich's Metro Hotel guests were privy to the era's steampunk costumes. The passing parade of corsets, vests, bustle skirts, ruched skirts, twill riding pants, fingerless gloves, black leather boots — lace-ups, ankle, spats and gaiters raised a few eyebrows. What lay underneath were discreetly in place — camisoles, chemises, petticoats, bloomers, pantaloons, thigh-high striped nylons and even the odd gold-engraved single-barrel received reassurance.
To top it off, the black coachman’s hat and top hat added the finishing touch to the layer of feathers, lace, bows buckles, clasps, lace and netting — with not a zip in sight.
Onlookers were entertained when their favourite Stars stepped onto the red carpet. The centring of a cravat, slight touch of a choker, checking of a pocket watch or an adjustment of a utility belt may have hinted at the big night that lay ahead.
Fans pointed, delighted at the aesthetic mechanical contraptions. The light sparkled off the brass, leather and cogged goggles atop, monocles, monoculars, folding brass binoculars, brass sextant keychain, short-handled brass theatre glasses, phial wristband and compass wrist bands.
Cheers and applause - and a little disappointment, received the Inventors and Adventurers — Expeditionists, Scientists, Explorers, Alchemist, Horticulturalists, Bounty Hunters, Aeronauts, Overseers of the Museum of Mysteries and perhaps a Denizen of the Night — as they disappeared into the sanctuary of the Gala Dinner.
Blogging Team 2017