I can't remember if I've mentioned this before, but at the UK Discworld Con Anna and I are going to in about...THREE WEEKS OMG...Anna (who is a costumer by hobby, as well as a librarian by trade) decided that she was going to branch out from the usual dress-as-Terry-Pratchett-book-character theme she does, and instead go for advertise-the-hell-out-of-our-2009-Terry-Pratchett-convention instead. If y'all haven't read Going Postal, the main character is a con man who is given a second chance at life by the Patrician, Vetinari - if he is willing to revamp the failed postal service. If he doesn't cooperate...well...there's always the hemp fandango. So Moist (yes, his name is Moist von Lipwig, really) agrees to try, and as a publicity stunt, he has a shiny gold suit made in the image of the long-gone gold statue that used to stand in the middle of the grand post office lobby.
SO. Anna decided to adapt that into an advertisement for our con - she's wearing a Gibson Girl style Victorian suit, all in gold, with a gold hat like Moist - only, instead of wings like his has, it'll have turtle appendages since our con symbol is that stylized turtle. Her shoes? High heeled gold with rhinestone toes. Her bag? made to look like a turtle being shipped (i.e. a brown papered box with the flippers etc. hanging out), with stickers and stamps and what-all on the package. I think the total effect is going to be blinding.
ANYway, I figured maybe I should try to pull something together too, seeing as I am Vice-Chair of the 2009 con and all, but I'm NOT really a costumer, so I don't know the first thing about fitting a Victorian jacket or whatnot. So what we decided was that I would do a gold theme too, the better to knock everyone's eyes out when we walk around together - but I am going to be a rock band groupie for the Bande with Rockes In, as seen in Soul Music (the Buddy Hollyesque story).
It's been slow coming together, but I've finally found most of the components of my completely insane costume. I found these boots (in gold), this skirt, and these fishnet stockings. Add that to the gold guitar bag Anna bought me as a birthday present, and the gold leather wristbands and choker with turtles on them that I got a leatherworker to make for me at a really good price, and, well, I think I'm going to blind people. Our staff artist, Jon, is completely awesome and has done some excellent drawings of the Bande With Rockes In, which will eventually be used on our official con shirts, assuming Terry approves them, so I am going to have a genuine rock groupie band tour tank top to go with all of this. Oh, and let's not forget the gold chain-link-and-British-coin belt of my mother's that she used to wear in the 60s or whatever. Hah.
I've already decided that if my interview with Terry falls on one of the 2 days I am wearing this getup, my first interview question will have to be, "So, can you take me seriously while I'm wearing this?" Hee.