Chapter four of Sidewalks of New York opens with Melanie Barrow calling at the Ackerman house.
The color and patterns come from this costume worn by Lisa O’Hare as Sibella in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. The ostentatious use of pink in Sibella’s costumes fits the over the top sex-bomb imagine I imagine for Melanie.
Her hair is worn in a fashionable Gibson Girl esque style
Melanie chats with Sarah, a young maid in the Ackerman household
Her Gibson Girl hairstyle was taken from this period imagine. I can’t tell if it’s a drawing or a photograph
Lucy then asks where her cousin Natalie is. Natalie has snuck out to go looking for new additions to her collection of knickknacks
She wears her hair in a loose, wavy style like this
Over her outfit, she wears a grey cape taken from this one from the period.
Well Natalie arrives home after her downtown adventure, she has to quickly change her dress before going to perform in her aunt’s concert.
After Natalie’s performance in the concert, Mrs. Ackerman confronts her and scolds her for sneaking out.
Mrs. Ackerman’s at home dress was taken from the same Tom Tierney plate I got Melanie’s visiting dress.
Natalie is sent to her room and Mrs. Ackerman and Lucy are visited by a Mrs. Weston, who’s son Jeremy, Natalie has a crush on.
In Chapter Three, we travel downtown again to see what Ashlyn and Will are upto. They get married on a cloudy Sunday afternoon in early November
Lace is an important part of an Irish bride’s wedding outfit and Ashlyn wears a beautiful lace veil which belonged to Aunt Nora. It is also an Irish tradition for a bride to wear her hair in some form of braid. A braid might be worked into Ashlyn’s Gibson Girl chignon in a way such as this.
Ashlyn would also carry a rosary like this from Victorian Trading Company
Stay tuned for more 😊
In chapter two of Sidewalks of New York, we travel uptown to see how the other half lives. First we meet Lady Abigail Beaumont, the niece of the wealthy Joseph Ackerman who has married the English Earl of St. Oswald.
Lady St. Oswald has just finished a long journey. She and her husband, the Earl, have been living in Shanghai and sailed from there to San Francisco. From San Francisco, the St. Oswalds traveled by train across country to New York. Lady St. Oswald’s traveling outfit was taken from this plate of the Tom Tierney paperdoll book Gibson Girl
Also there is Natalie Flood, the daughter of Mr. Ackerman’s late sister
Natalie is sixteen years old and has not yet fully entered society. A girl at Natalie’s time of life would wear her hair down long in a style something like this
Natalie sent to fetch her cousin Lucy, so she can welcome her father home.
Lucy’s outfit was inspired by this costume worn by Sierra Boggess as Christine Daée in Love Never Dies
In her hairdo, she wears a Lalique Art Nouveau hairpin inspired by this.
That everything, Mr. Ackerman comes to say goodnight to his daughter and niece.