New Year's Eve 2013 || 1940s/50s Dress up at The Mesmerist, Brighton

1940s, 1950s vintage fancy dress, Brighton, New Year's Eve

For the 3rd year on the trot, Neil and I have celebrated New Year's Eve by dressing up war-time at The Mesmerist, 'the most unconventional bar in the Brighton lanes'. It's a venue inspired by the gin palaces of the 1930s, with a grand spiral (ish) staircase, on site vintage hair parlour and loads of quirky bunkers to get lost in watching a handful of cracking 40s and 50s acts. 

As a pro-photographer, Neil's asked to pap all the drunken shenanigans of the night and every year promises some really fab vintage photos from crowd shots to burlesque dancers and speakeasy trios. 

I thought I'd upload a few pre-drunken snaps over here, to show you all what fun it was dressing for a completely different era. I'm never the most spot-on when it comes to fancy dress. It's usually a last minute nip to Beyond Retro, a serious stock up on some hairspray, quick look around youtube for some tutorials and then it's out the door after a few merry G & T's. But regardless, we brought in the New Year with some of our favourite people in style :)

Dress: Topshop Sale
Fascinator: Beyond Retro
Gloves: Beyond Retro
Tights w/ seam: Pretty Polly
Lipstick (current favourite): The Body Shop Colour Crush in Red Siren

1940s, 1950s vintage fancy dress, Brighton, New Year's Eve

1940s, 1950s vintage fancy dress, Brighton, New Year's Eve

1940s, 1950s vintage fancy dress, Brighton, New Year's Eve

1940s, 1950s vintage fancy dress, Brighton, New Year's Eve
The last photo is a scanned in polaroid of me I found in a hungover haze as I was looking through my bag the next morning. I'd love to elaborate further on a story behind this but I totally can't. Shameless drunkenhood. 

How was your New Year's Eve celebrations? If you have any posts on how you celebrated, link me up so I can have a nose ;)

Oh and why not have a look at other photos from the night. Some really great fancy dress to be seen!

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