Monday, January 21, 2013

25 Photos from San Francisco's Edwardian World's Faire

by Megan S.

This past weekend, the 13th annual Edwardian World's Faire and Ball was held in San Francisco.  Every nook and cranny of the gorgeous, massive Regency Ballroom brimmed with musicians, circus performers, dancers, rides, vendors and curiosities.  Attendees wore a mix of steampunk, Edwardian, and Victorian fashions.  I was lucky enough to grab a ticket for Friday's World's Faire and I spent the whole night trying not to let my jaw hang open from disbelief and snapping photos to share with you guys.

Here are a few of my favorite bits from the evening.

My friend and I were accidentally placed in the VIP line to get into the Regency. I only had to spend a few minutes staring at this poster instead of the long line I should have been in. VIP treatment?  Don't mind if I do!

The historic San Francisco building is positively bursting with gorgeous chandeliers.  Unfortunately, I think someone would have noticed if I snuck one home in my ginormous winged skull handbag as a "party favor."

I loved Isaac Frankle's strangely hypnotic and creepy electronic circus-esque music.

The fantastic costumes worn by attendees were more diverse and edgier than I normally see at Steampunk events.

Will you look at that incredible feather mohawk?

I'm not sure what she was dressed up as, but this attendee looked fantastic with her beating heart shot with arrows and her creepy matching doll.  I may have *ahem* trailed her around for ten minutes trying to snap her photo in the darkened third floor lodge.

Talk about commitment to your character!  The room was so dark, I could barely see her opera glasses that she used to watch one of the larger music acts.

Vendors sold a wide variety of gothic, steampunk, and Victorian wares down in the basement while an intense (and rather handsome) young man played the piano.

Etsy's Dem Bones was there selling her adorably macabre skull sugar cubes.  This Valentine's themed coffin contained 12 skulls and 12 Hershey's Kisses for $12.  I couldn't leave without grabbing a pack to take home with me.

The main ballroom was filled with games, rides, performers, music and booze.

These performers, dressed as crows, danced on the main stage while strange videos played behind them.

A performer dressed as a fortune teller enticed revelers to visit the mysterious events happening behind the curtains.

People rode bicycles, suspended in mid air, in circles around the center of the ballroom floor.

A large clockwork piece moved a replica of the heavens.

Contortionists held uncomfortable looking poses on the floor.

Upstairs in the Museum of Wonders, a carnival barker prepared to hammer a long nail up his nose.

Professor Phineas J. Flockmocker III F.H.S.G. showed off his steampunk creations.

The Feejee Mermaid.

A blue lit devil occupied a corner in the museum.

A scorpion with the head of a woman snapped at passersby.

Owl Tree Healings read tarot cards.

Live statues peppered the lodge floor.

Puppets dangled, waiting for their show to begin.

Musicians serenaded the crowd.

I saw this woman carrying her lighted warning right before we left.

If you live in the L.A. area, you're in luck.  A second Edwardian Ball will be held at the Fonda Theater on February 23.  Tickets are $40 for general admission and $85 for VIP passes.
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