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The 1930s dress I made to wear with the marcasite brooches my husband gifted me with needed wearing.  What is the point of having a dress and jewels with no place to wear them? Opportunity presented itself and I jumped at the occasion to wear them.  An annual tradition, the dinner dance co-sponsored by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and the private ladies club, The Ebell of Los Angeles is a treat of the Los Angeles vintage season. The event paid tribute to the film Casablanca and the 1940s.

1930s evening gown at the Ebell

As Time Goes By Dinner Dance

Wondering what happened at this magical evening?  Fezs and ’40s gowns abounded.  Dancing lasted till late in the evening to Dean Mora’s orchestra.  A magician amazed guests.  Dance performances enchanted.  Tours and costume displays showcased The Ebell in all its splendor.  The Ebell, known as the last location that Amelia Earhart spoke before she disappeared, is a gorgeous venue that I have profiled before.  Built in 1927, the Ebell hosts many events for its members.  As an event attendee it is such a treat to not only have the ability to dress up, but do so in a space that immerses you in the time period.

1930s women behind Ricks Cafe Americain sign at the Ebell 1930s women in evening dress at the Ebell  Bodice shot showcasing a marcasite brooch

Sometimes as a blogger or Instagrammer we put ourselves in silly situations.  Often we are subject to the patience of our loved ones and the looks of others.  What was an innocent picture above, showing my marcasite with the dress…
Bodice shot showcasing a marcasite brooch

…turned in to an ogling session.  (Silly Lily and Brian!)

Vintage dressed couple at the Ebell

Vintage dressed lady at the Ebell in 1930s reproduction dress
Vintage dressed women at the Ebell
We were quite terrible at taking pictures the rest of the evening, but here are the paltry few we managed to capture. I always feel conscientious of just including photos of me and mine and not others, so I hope you don’t mind.  I do hope you enjoyed the post, the dress, the silliness and the glamour.
Champagne at the Ebell



7 comments so far.

7 responses to “1940s DINNER DANCE AT THE EBELL”

  1. tubby3pug says:

    that dress is divine

  2. admin says:

    Thank you! Its a dress I always feel pretty in.

  3. admin says:

    Thank you! Its a dress I always feel pretty in.

  4. Mim says:

    Oh, how glamorous! It looks like a beautiful setting, and the guests clearly rose to the occasion (even while lowering the tone 😉 ) Thank you for sharing the photos.

  5. Linda says:

    Looks like a great time, and I absolutely love all the outfits! 🙂

  6. Gorgeous dress and accessories. That "ogling" picture made me grin ear-to-ear. An evening out needs a good spot of lighthearted fun like that to really make it complete. 🙂

    ♥ Jessica

  7. admin says:

    Thank you all. Mim, it was a wonderful setting. I love visiting there. Linda, weren't the outfits divine! And Jessica, yes, my friends are rather fun. They make my life a better place.

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