Costume & Fashion | AccommodationsEdwardian Era | Edward Gorey


WHATEVER TO WEAR??  Dress up for The Edwardian Ball, but have no fear, there is simply no “right” way! There are so many ways you can dress up – nearly anything goes! Any effort is encouraged and appreciated. Some popular themes include the Edwardian Era (early 1900s – think corsets & petticoats for the girls, top hats & vests for the boys), Edward Gorey characters (eccentric & spanning many decades, as you can see in his artwork), Tim Burton-sque (dark, humorous, eccentric), Goth, Steampunk, or just simply “dressed up for an elegant night on the town!” Our photo gallery will give you an amazing assortment of ideas and this Resource Page offers many places to purchase or rent “Edwardian” clothing. And don’t forget, we have our famous Vendor Bazaar open both nights of the event, plus daytime shopping hours on Saturday the 18th (noon-5pm) where you can pick up that last-minute perfect costume or accessory. And remember, this event is all ages, so have fun dressing as a group or family!


Dark Garden Corsetry
321 Linden Street at Gough
Store hours Mon-Sat 1pm to 7pm (also a ticket outlet!)

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1058 Hyde St (@ California), SF
Store hours Mon-Sat 11am-7pm (closed Tuesday), Sun 12-6pm
(415) 885-3377

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The Haight’s original eclectic emporium, featuring reproduction, vintage and local designer Victorian & Edwardian clothing and accessories.
1552 Haight St (@ Ashbury) – SF
Store hours – everyday 11am to 7pm (also a ticket outlet!) | (415) 252-8751

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Five and Diamond
510 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415)255-9747 (also a ticket outlet!)

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Fantasy Clothing Co.
1275 Folsom St Suite 100
San Francisco CA 94103

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Adornments for Tarts
Silk and velvet neo-Victorian collars, cuffs, and other treasures for tarts and dandies.

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Gentleman’s Emporium
Authentic Victorian & Edwardian Clothing for Men and Women
(800) 997-4311

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415 439-2379


Act One Costumes
1530 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland CA 94602
(510) 530-4141


Sherman Oaks Antique Mall
14034 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks
Store hours Monday- Saturday 11am to 6pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Golyester Antiques
136 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles
Store hours Monday- Sunday 11am to 6pm

American Vintage
1707 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
Store hours Monday- Sunday 10am to 8pm

Heavy Red – Couture Noir
World Famous Steel Boned Waist training corsets, waist cinchers, coats, capes, gowns, shirts, skirts, jewelry, masks, and more. Dark decadence at your doorstep.



Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
1500 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 441-4000

Hotel Carlton
1075 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 673-0242

Hotel Vertigo
940 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 885-6800


The W Hollywood Hotel
6250 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 798-1300

Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa
1755 North Highland Ave
Hollywood, California 90028

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 466-7000

The Edwardian period or Edwardian era in the United Kingdom is the period 1901 to 1910, the reign of King Edward VII. It succeeded the Victorian period and is sometimes extended to include the period up to the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, the start of World War I in 1914, or even the end of the war in 1918.

Perhaps because of the King’s fondness for travel, the period was marked by an enthusiasm for the art and fashions of continental Europe.

The Edwardian Period on Wikipedia
La Belle Époque Edwardian Fashion History


A truly prodigious and original artist, Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000), gave to the world over one hundred works, including The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Doubtful Guest and The Wuggly Ump; prize-winning set and costume designs for innumerable theater productions from Cape Cod to Broadway; a remarkable number of illustrations in publications such as The New Yorker and The New York Times, and in books by a wide array of authors from Charles Dickens to Edward Lear, Samuel Beckett, John Updike, Virginia Woolf, H.G. Wells, Florence Heide and many others.  His well known animated credits for the PBS Mystery series have introduced him to millions of television viewers.  Gorey’s masterful pen and ink illustrations and his ironic, offbeat humor have brought him critical acclaim and an avid following throughout the world.

Edward Gorey on Wikipedia
Gorey Bibliography via the Edward Gorey House