Who would have guessed that our seemingly demure and always impeccably attired, Art Deco Society of California Secretary, Alice Jurow, would write a book about Vampires? Set in Paris 1929, 3 impossibly chic fashion models work their way into the hearts and souls of numerous suitors, while drinking of their blood, just a little bit. It's a delicious helping of fun, dripping with scrumptious details describing the opulence of the time.
To celebrate the release of her book, Alice gave a lecture to Art Deco Society members outlining the popular appeal of the "VAMP" during the early part of the 20th century. Slides were presented explaining the dark mysterious and stylish women of the era. It seems that "Vamp" and Vampire were somewhat interchangeable. Much like the dark, brooding "Goths" of the 1980's, Vamps from the 1920's had a similar mystique and one actress was even known to have slept in a coffin. I might even wager a guess that the Goth movement was partly inspired by sultry screen sirens such as Louise Brooks, Norma Shearer or Mary Pickford.
After her lecture, Alice presented a fashion show of lovely ladies in their best "Vamp" Attire, followed by a book signing. We were entertained by the lovely and melodious, Sara Klotz de Aguilar on the piano and housed in the beautiful Mural Room at the historic Bellevue Club in downtown Oakland. Here are some more photos from the event: