the traveling yellow skirt freak show

skirt I

I’ve waited many a moon for this post. Way back in my salad days (by which I mean last June), I discovered a magical series of posts linked by one ineffable skirt. Initially worn by Melanie of Bag and a Beret, it rose to stardom as the figurehead of the Traveling Yellow Skirt Freak Show. As Sue from A Colorful Canvas (one of my sisters in skirthood) put it:

One day, a long long time ago, Melanie, of Bag and a Beret wore a yellow skirt.  It was a beautiful yellow skirt, and she happily twirled and whirled to her heart’s content.  It seems though, that the sunny yellow skirt had a negative effect on one of Melanie’s friends.  One so deep as to incite him to leave a very critical comment on her blog.  Her loyal followers, dismayed by the news, rallied behind her, and, at the suggestion of Sarah of Misfits Vintage, The Travelling Yellow Skirt Freak Show was born!  The skirt has been flying magically around the globe for just over a year now, sprinkling fairy dust and positivity wherever it lands.

I was hooked. How could I not join this gravy train of spectacular aberration? I zipped over to Melanie’s blog, signed up according to her instructions, and settled into the heartache of waiting my turn like a big girl.

With the launch of these photos, I stand with my sisters in whimsy. So many fabulous bloggers have styled the skirt, though Forest City Fashionista’s take remains, so far, my favorite. Though I received it just before Christmas, I stashed it for so long in part because I feared being derivative. I had to do what hadn’t been done. More importantly, it had to scream Skye. What could I bring to this skirt that no one else had?

At heart, I’m nothing if not a showgirl. And a garment this gaudy simply yearns for the theatrical touch. I present to you, dear bloglings, the latest act in the Traveling Yellow Skirt Freak Show: “burlesque dancer goes bizarre”.

skirt iii

I’m particularly honored to be (I believe) the youngest woman to make her mark on the skirt. It’s nice to be nestled under the wing of so many formidable eccentrics. I’d like to think to think I’m practicing for my dotage, where my remaining Fucks to Give will evaporate and I can be my garish-harridan self in peace.

skirt IV

I’ve been doing burlesque for a while now. After a lifelong fascination with the culture and costumes, I finally sucked up my bank account a few months ago and started taking classes. There’s a lot of crossover between haunted house culture and cabaret culture, and many of my friends are involved with Green Mountain Cabaret in some capacity. Becoming a stage kitten and eventually performing with GMC are two of my goals for 2014.

skirt IX

skirt X

skirt XIII

My contribution to the skirt’s tapestry. A close friend of mine made this patch for me a few years ago, while I clawed through a bout of existential depression. Given the skirt’s “fairy dust and positivity” ethos, I thought it appropriate to donate.

skirt XII

skirt XI

skirt XV

skirt V

skirt II

skirt XIV

Godspeed to you & your magic.

12 Comments

  1. Skye, I love how you’ve styled the yellow skirt – Burlesque dancer goes bizarre. Ha ha! Excellent. What’s so awesome is how everyone brings their own magic to the skirt, exactly like you have done here. Thank you so much for taking part in this traveling show and adding your dancing spirit and positivity to the tapestry. I can definitely picture you on stage and wowing audiences this year with your burlesque.

  2. So glad the skirt got a chance to shake and shimmy- I knew it had it in her! Thanks for the shout out about my styling of the skirt, and I see we were on the same wavelength as far as colour pairing – I love the red sequined bra. I think you are the youngest wearer of the skirt so far, thanks for adding your marvelous energy to the mix. Enjoy your burlesque classes – I’ve always thought I would enjoy doing that.

  3. I knew that skirt was aching to break out into a more sexay look – Snow White was beautiful, but sometimes a skirt’s got to get funky! Great interpretation!

  4. You did it. You made the skirt yours. It’s a magic skirt, and somehow it brings out something in everyone who styles it, something that’s just waiting to be expressed. You are gorgeous. Although I love all the pics (the blurry ones a lot too) it’s the image of the empty skirt that resonates as a finale, as though it’s just waiting for the next person to step in. Beautiful. XXXOOO

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