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Get Ready For an Evening of Mobster GlamThursday, July 19, 2012 By Frankie Farrar-Helm
Mark Twain once said, "It is the prohibition that makes anything precious." It is this quote that inspired Fort Worth Opera to plan a party like no other—the upcoming Mobster's Ball on Saturday, September 15, 2012.
As most of us are familiar, the Prohibition era was a time of secrets and glamour, of bootlegging and loud music. The rum-running, loyal whiskey-drinking gangsters threw some of the biggest parties in American history. Partygoers dressed to impress and had the time of their lives. Minus the reckless violence and all that jazz, FWO is bringing you the same party of epic proportions.
Development Programs Manager Jen Appleman says Ball attendees can expect a Great Gatsby-like extravaganza, but with an Al Capone mobster feel.
"It's going to feel like you're in a speakeasy, complete with jazz music and a casino," says Jen. "It'll be just like you're living in the 1920s."
Ready to party but need some wardrobe tips? We've got you covered! Kalen Ruiz, owner of Bess and Evie's Vintage in Fort Worth, gave us all the good tips and great clothes to feature.
"The clothing during that time was slim, clingy, and flowy with a high waist. The colors were blacks, grays, beiges, and ivory, but don't be afraid of color," Kalen says. "Women should shop more for the silhouette than exact dresses from that era."
We also asked Kalen for must-have accessories and hairstyles:
• Lengthy pearl necklaces
• Multi-strand pearl bracelets
• Decorative headbands or hair clips
• Feathers in the hair
• Opera-length gloves
• Beaded mesh bags
• Marcel waves or straight bobbed hair
If you need help finding the era's best threads, march right in to Bess and Evie's, and Kalen can help you put something together. Gentlemen, that goes for you too! But make a date to splurge on yourself soon--inventory is selling quickly. Vintage goodies can also be found at Harris Costume in Fort Worth.
And guys, watch for an article featuring men's wear coming soon. But let's face it...women need more time to shop.
Ball tickets are on sale now. Proceeds benefit Fort Worth Opera programs like Children's Opera Theatre and the FWOpera Studio. To reserve a table and purchase your tickets, call Jen Appleman at 817-288-1215.