Saturday, September 1, 2018

Sandra Stillwell Sophisticated Lady, Pt. 6



It’s time to bring it on home with the final installment of Sandra Stillwell Sophisticated Lady. As you can see, guests were having a great time. Was there booze involved? Only Wayne & Darin know for sure.

For dinner on Saturday night, Pink Clover was the centerpiece.



Gorgeous hand-embroidery and beading made this one a standout!



Cindy had to get liquored up when she saw it. “How am I going to get this purchase by my husband?!?” Keep on drinking, Cindy! You'll figure it out!



Jackie brought this beautiful doll to showcase at her table, wearing an outfit she created herself:



Table 8. What a great group! I always have the best time with every single one of them.



Linda & Ryan: you never know what these two are up to. So glad I got to meet both of them.



Optional purchase favorites included Opus. What a beauty!



Millionaires was based on a Katharine Hepburn gown from the stage version of “The Philadelphia Story”. It was out of this world; the detailing blew me away.



A presentation on Elizabeth Parke Firestone (the one with her own bank!) was enjoyed by all.



Virtuoso was the big reveal for guests.



Somehow, Sandra managed to capture the intricate pleating and beadwork PERFECTLY, matching the original outfit worn by Firestone herself. Every year, Sandra outdoes herself.



Early on Sunday, a sleepy-eyed group gathered for the final breakfast celebration. The very trendy Reprise outfit was the big reveal.



Violet looked runway-ready in this faux fur ensemble.



One of my favorite parts of the convention is seeing the Inspirations presentation at the end, where guests can see what inspired Sandra’s latest creations.













For those that stayed after breakfast, there was even MORE!! Optional tours included a visit to the house used for exterior shots in the holiday classic “A Christmas Story.”



Can you say “FRAGILE”?



And so another amazing Sandra Stillwell Convention closes. Sandra and Mike (and the slew of volunteers behind the scenes) I cannot thank you enough for this wonderful opportunity to share our hobby every year!

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Sandra Stillwell Sophisticated Lady, Pt. 5



Time for Saturday's lunch event! After my last post's glut of photos, you are probably not even hungry yet. The tables were sent with the centerpiece doll dressed in Templar Garnet. For a closer look, this outfit is fantastic with the jacket...and just as stunning without, as it perfectly hugs the doll's figure!



Gifts abounded, as Michael revealed the fashion titled Libretto:





as well as a scenic backdrop depicting Hywet Hall (doll and outfit not included!):



Optional items for sale included what was probably my most favorite outfit of the convention, Whiskey Island:





Michael gave a presentation on Cleveland Connections:



Clark Gable was a native:



As were Dorothy Dandridge and Halle Berry. In fact, Halle Berry's name was inspired by Halle's Department Store! Good thing her parents didn't shop at Target.



We were also treated to a presentation on Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman, who generously donated their collection to Kent State.





The movie “Carmen Jones” starring Dorothy Dandridge followed:



The outfit titled The Nearness of You was inspired by an outfit that Dandridge wore in the film. This ensemble was another favorite of mine:



So many options from this one beautiful ensemble!





Next up: THE GRAND FINALE!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Sandra Stillwell Sophisticated Lady, Pt. 4



Saturday morning it was a Mad for Plaid fashion show contest in the Crowne Plaza Ballroom; even RuPaul would have been proud as the contestants “worked it” down the “runway.” Naturally, the centerpiece was titled “Mad for Plaid.” A few shots of the beautiful dressed dolls that were on display at the tables, beginning with Wayne Nilson's incredible creation. I WANT THIS!! And so did everyone else!



Lynne Day brought this beauty:



Another view of the centerpiece:



And then it was time for the contestants to line up. There were two categories: best dressed in plaid, and best dressed doll in plaid.



Florie was the first on the runway:



All wanted to know what was under Wayne's kilt:



Sue Connor was the most MAD of them all, sporting approximately 69 different plaids!!



Work it, Jinky!!



Helen looked sharp in her green plaid with matching doll outfits made by....HELEN HERSELF! I think we have a future fashion designer on our hands!



All the contestants waiting somewhat patiently for the results:



The group of winners and runners up. Why does perky Helen look so down? She mistakenly thought she came in 4th place. Smiles returned once Michael explained that she was in fact 1st runner up in her category!



Sandra revealed our table gift outfit, titled Staccato:



A closer look at our table gift outfit:



Patsy graciously brought in a collection of vintage hats and hatboxes for us to peruse:



Sandra talked about all of the wonderful fashions available for sale/presale:





Be-Bop-A-Lula:



Who but Sandra would have the vision to turn a fabric of sequined plaid into this very sleek outfit titled Plaiditude:



Michael himself created this beautiful Art Deco photo backdrop of a fireplace screen on display at the Cleveland Art Museum. Fantastic job, Michael!



Phew! I need a break. MORE still to come!

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