Edwardian Ball Guests Get Gussied Up

The Edwardian Ball hits the City with an "Evil Garden" of earthly delights.

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10th Annual Edwardian Ball was in San Francisco on Jan. 22 and 23, 2010.
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The 10th Annual Edwardian Ball and World's Faire took place at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on January 22-23, 2010. Kudos to Pamela D Een (left) and DJ Miz Margo who had incredible outfits, top to bottom.
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Attendees on Friday night were dressed to kill. I'm digging the gray fez, much classier than the more common red variety.
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Oh, just another night in San Francisco with a sighting of a stilt-walking violinist flanked by two beautiful ladies (Shameless Heather O'Brien left with Shanan M. Carney) dressed in Edwardian wear.
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At times, I pretended I was on the set of Eye's Wide Shut, or maybe V for Vendetta.
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There was no shortage of cleavage bouncing around the party, which I was totally okay with. Penny McClish came up from San Diego for the weekend.
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Some of the usual suspects were on hand, like Honk Sister Illy McMahan with beau Boenobo TheKlown from Gooferman. Love those guys! They always take the best pictures...
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This guy had a magic elixir in a glass eye dropper bottle that he was trying to drizzle on the tongues of strangers who were calling him Jesus. Can't say I've seen that one before.
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Good and Evil? I don't think so, but these two looked great as they cruised around the event together in silence.
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I had the feeling this guy didn't have to put much effort into his outfit. Looks like this is what he wears all the time, but that's just a hunch.
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Kingfish of the Hubba Hubba Review (center) was one of the first people I saw when I arrived. I'm not sure how to describe the dress code of the Edwardian Ball, but exploration was a big theme as well as military, steampunk (sorry to those who hate that expression), and lots of sexy corsets. Karin Conn (right) yucks it up with the boys...
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Facial hair was in abundances at the Edwardian Ball as well. Most guys can either grow good sideburns, or a good mustache, but usually not both. Don't know how this lucky character does it...
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Another guy proving my theory of mustache or sideburns wrong. To see my favorite photo of him, check out the first picture in this gallery: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local-beat/Images-of-Burning-Man-2009-58182727.html
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The Regency Ballroom was a perfect venue for the Edwardian Ball because it is a beautifully ornate building and the costumed guests looked impeccable inside.
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The main ballroom was filled with people milling about, looking at art, dancing and watching groups like Vau de Vire Society, Jill Tracy, Fou Fou Ha!, and Edwardian Ball Hosts and founders Rosin Coven.
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Agent Ribbons made the trip from Sacramento to play Friday night.
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Vagabond Opera headlined on Friday night.
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There was a very cool collection of oddities and taxidermy on display in the main room. Pictured is a two-headed cat skeleton "Frank and Louie."
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Paintings hung on the wall around the main ballroom.
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I love this guy's strategically placed third hand. Vegas E. Trip prowled around before taking the main stage with Fou Fou Ha!
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Downstairs, The Edwardian Vendor Bazaar & Croquet Garden was open for guests to shop, mingle and play.
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There were two rooms of vendors under the ballroom who were mostly selling clothes that people were having a great time looking through and trying on.
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Nixon Sixx displays one of her Deer Hats (http://hautemacabre.com) next to Eric Perata's more conventional hat collection.
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Jaime Leona Eisenschmidt poses next to her Carnie Couture booth.
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Silver Lucy holds up an Edwardian-ness Neck Corset... Is it just me, or are all of these lady designers gorgeous?
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Downstairs, at one end of the room was a stage with music and occasional performances. At the other end was a croquet garden.
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Custom made rebar wickets that looked like insects dotted the course.
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Darren Mcgee (right) plays through with two lovely ladies, equestrian fan Dominique Rojas Harrington (left) and photographer Pilar Woodman.
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At the edge of the course, statuesque individuals stood on pedestals, dangerously close to swinging mallets (as Dan Das Mann demonstrates).
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Ava Lanche stands on the Dark Garden pedestal, luckily free of swinging mallets.
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These two couldn't keep their eyes off of her.
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Hey Sailor Hats on the scene.
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The Vendor Bazaar was also open on Saturday afternoon for people to come in (without an admission fee) to try on hats and the like to get ready for the big night on Saturday.
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Ballerina Sam Marie Grove found an easy was to say on pointe through the evening. She watched over a table with "creepy cute art" from the Scarey Art Collective & Friends.
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Rachael Adams stood outside for a break on Saturday afternoon inadvertently advertising for the bazaar that unfortunately didn't have much of a sign to attract passing pedestrians.
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Adams' makes Kafka Clocks that are "inspired by the Franz Kafka story Metamorphosis where the main character watches the clock and turns into a bug." http://nouveaumotley.com/
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Raquel Lopez brought Venus in Velvet circus girl couture from Northern New Mexico and said "it has been a privileged to be here with a really amazing group of artists."
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Ananda Wolchock wore my favorite outfit of the night.
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It was sleek, simple, and stunning.
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Wolchock spent a lot of her time at the booth of San Francisco's world famous corset shop Dark Garden where she was tying and tightening people's corsets as needed.
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Ladies weren't the only ones who needed some wardrobe assistance, and the Dark Garden employees were happy to lend a helping hand.
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Wardrobe malfunctions were being fixed all night long, with many of the delicate pieces needing regular attention.
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Ananda Wolochock was happy to lace you up if you were interested in trying on one of the Dark Garden corsets
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Unfortunately, it is hard to see the beautiful lacework on the back on the corset when you are wearing it, but people could still get a good idea of how things looked in the mirror.
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Shanan Carney tightens up Anna Quinones' waist.
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In the smaller of the two rooms, a cool steam scooter sat on display.
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Even the furniture fit into the theme, making the guests look even better.
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A very cool illuminated light bulb sat on the back of this guys hat.
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Musician and "Best of the Bay" winner Jill Tracy played on Saturday night at the ball.
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I heard the outfits were even more outrageous on Saturday night, I was only able to go on Friday night.
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Kink.com mogul Peter Acworth takes a dip.
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One of the cool things about this event was that it was open to all ages, so kids could go as well. Merci Sequeira takes a seat with her son who has an awesome coat on, his outfit reminds me of something Biggie Smalls would sport.
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Aviator Andrew Schmidt with a pair of lovely ladies.
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Looking back at these pictures I'm realizing how out-of-place I must have looked without a hat on my head. I still think the Giants hat I left in the car would have drawn even more sour looks my way so I still think it was a good idea to go without.
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Alan Roble shows how it's done.
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Two of my favorite photographers seen on the other side of the lens, (from left) the beautiful and talented Tracy Bugni and Pilar Woodman.
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Fou Fou Ha!'s newest member (left) hangs with some creatures of the night.
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At some point in the night, I let go of the fact that I was sorely under dressed for the event (it should be noted that I came straight from work and was there to work). It seemed like most people were more consumed with how they looked as opposed to how anyone else looked so I didn't feel too bad.
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Surprisingly, even Jack Sparrow made an appearance.
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The regal Joe Schwan stands with Tracy Bugni.
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Back upstairs where the light was lower and the music was louder, the real party continued.
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Foliage and knickknacks greeted visitors in the lobby.
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I'm not sure if goggles were big in the Edwardian era, but they seemed to be everywhere last weekend. (Note to self for next year...) Here Tom Sepe sports a cool pair while Pilar Woodman cozies up.
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I was pleased to see this lovely lady at the performers entrance when I arrived.
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For $10 extra, you could get a ticket that let you up into the balcony where there was a less crowded bar, seats with a view, and more room to spread out and dance, like Jennybird Alcantara (left) and Sheri DeBow.
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Upstairs there was also a massage chair brought by ever present David Holcomb who gives great massages for tips at most of San Francisco's coolest events.
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Above the bands was a large video screen with cool imagery playing during certain shows. This here was the Friday night headlining act of Vagabond Opera.
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The always fashionable Steven Young and Gabrielle Kuzsel took in the sights from above for the end of the night.
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At this point in the day it was after 1 a.m. and I'd been working almost straight through since 9:30 a.m. It was also at this time that I realized I had to work at 6 a.m. the next day and cover the Residents show down in Santa Cruz that night. Admittedly, the blurred motion in this picture was an accidental result of being exhausted, but I kind of like it.
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This is what the end looks like...
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