An English Girl In New York

Southern Belle - Part One Y'All

Hi Darlings,

As you may or may not be aware, these last couple of weeks I have been immersed in a production of Hedwig And The Angry Inch in North Carolina. A musical about transgender people in the HB2 state - yep, what the hell was I thinking? You can read about my experiences with this show in an article I am writing for Curve Magazine, so watch this space theatre-luvvies!

Dressing as a man every night for this show, has somehow brought out my feminine side in my real life. After much pleading with Tom the artistic director of the theatre, I raided the costume shop and discovered these beautiful vintage dresses. 

I shot the looks at the majestic Fair Oaks house - a spectacular Greek revival home built in 1859 here in the same town as the theatre. I had cycled past the house a few times and called the owner, the lovely and generous Jane Stewart, who let me use the space and also ended up art directing the shoot! Talk about right place, right time! 

Check out my Southern Belle looks below, sigh, why I can't I live this way everyday....

Photos by Cassandra Vallery

Oh this late 40's dress is so gorgeous. The perfect spring ensemble!

Costume shops are always full of wedding dresses - lord knows the best musicals end on a wedding ;) I added a flower crown to this beauty and some converse sneaks to keep it real. (Also I now know why women used to swoon - it's bloody hot in this formal gown in The South!)

Doing my best Vivien Leigh.....

This jump suit was handmade by someone way back when. It may need to take a little trip up to Bushwick........

Part Two coming up on Friday! Have a beautiful, happy week kittens.


Ruthie Darling xoxo