I don't have time to write much this Wednesday because I am getting ready to leave for the
"Mr. Linky" where you can see the names of all the bloggers attending, with links to their blogs where you can read about their dates, gowns, etc. I'll be signing in there as soon as I publish this post.
I was lucky to have such a beautifully-expressive yet powerfully-understated and minimalist vintage postcard at the ready for such an occasion, as I am being escorted tonight by none other than .......................
Mr. Charlie Chaplin!It is fitting that the scene in this old postcard is described with only one word: Adoration, because I adore Charlie Chaplin and can think of nothing more magical than attending Willow Manor Ball with this creative genius. And, as this is a cyber event living in the realm of imagination, my husband will hopefully understand.
Aside from proms in high school and a few work-related formal evenings later on, I have not dressed in very formal attire much in my life. I am not saying that is good or bad, or even what I would have preferred or not preferred, it is simply that my lifestyle has not called for it. What I am getting at is: I did not have anything in my closet to wear to such an event, so I had to shop. I decided to go the vintage route and hoped I'd find something I would love and not have to settle for something that would be merely fancy and appropriate. I knew as soon as I saw this gown (shown here on the vendor's model) that it was perfect for me. I hope you agree and I hope Mr. Chaplin approves.
Vintage Brown Sweetheart Beaded Embroidery Chiffon Evening Dress
For a look at how light Charlie Chaplin is on his feet, even in an industrial setting for heaven's sake, click to see his Modern Times Mad Dance. It is at his official website, where you can read about/view/listen to just about everything to do with him and his life.
Now, there are many ways to practice dance steps prior to the Ball. This video shows Chaplin charming a group of ladies at a table with his unique way of doing so. Just look at his amazing eyes: awesome they are!
Gold Rush Rolls from charliechaplin on Vimeo.
As I know many of the women at Willow Manor Ball will be interested in a spin around the room with Charlie Chaplin, I will arrive already knowing my dances with him will be limited. But. I absolutely reserve this dance with him....to the glorious theme song he wrote for his later-life movie, Limelight. Do click the link to listen to a clip of the song (sorry, I was unable to embed it for you).
I am out of time, but wanted to be sure to leave the lyrics to another of his songs.....Weeping Willows. I hope no one at Willow Manor Ball will drink so many of Tess Kincaid's special "Last Word Cocktails" that they would step through plate windows, however!
The lyrics also come from the official Charlie Chaplin website (which noted the copyright that I fully honor as my intention is to share here only and not to bring copies with me to the Ball).
Music and Lyrics by Charles Chaplin for A King in New York 1957
Chaplin’s own recording of this song exists in the Chaplin archives, but the tape has unfortunately deteriorated and the sound needs considerable restoration.
I’ve got the weeping willows
And I’m stepping through plate windows
On account of you
Oh my lord, what shall I do, what shall I do ?
I love you so
And yet I know you can’t be true
If I only had a will to get away
But you have me in your spell both night and day
You have me in your power every moment every hour
Leave me now or let me go
Why oh why torment me so ?
I despise you, idolise you, I adore you, I implore you
Let me be free
From this tyranny of love
I’m stepping through plate windows over you
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