Event review: Dapper Day Soirée d’Automne at Disneyland Paris

Dapper Day at Disneyland Paris - fall 2015Event: Dapper Day
What: retro style fashion event (1920s – contemporary chic)
When: Saturday, September 26
Where: Disneyland Park, Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, France
Ticket price: Dapper Day itself was free, but you needed a ticket to the Disneyland Park, and prices for those vary depending on the formula.
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Many people into fashion, Disney parks or dieselpunk know Dapper Day. The US initiative where on some days Disney Parks in California and Florida are turned into a veritable congregation of people dressed in retro fashions of the diesel era and contemporary chic and rockabilly styles. In the US they are huge, they are the bees-knees, there are even Dapper Day Expo events, and now they started bringing them to Disneyland Paris also. Albeit in much more modest form.

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Product review: Excelsior Goddess watch by Weird Ape

Excelsior Goddess watchWeird Ape is a company selling watches and pocket watches for men and women, several very much suitable for steampunk and dieselpunk styles, and even if you don’t much like the look of this particular review subject watch (the Excelsior Goddess), there’s a big chance that the site will carry a watch that does fit your style and pleases your eye.

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Unbuilt Washington DC: A Republic’s Monuments

We took a look at unbuilt Moscow the other day and dieselpunks are probably aware of the fantastical architectural visions Adolf Hitler had. (If not, the short version is he wanted to turn Berlin into a neoclassical paradise for 20-feet-tall Aryans.)

But did you know there were some wild ideas for Washington DC as well? Let’s take a look at some of the buildings that were proposed for America’s capital through the ages!

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial by John Russell Pope

Lincoln Memorial by John Russell Pope

The Lincoln Memorial would have looked very different if John Russell Pope had had his way. The architect of Washington DC’s National Archives and Records Administration building, Jefferson Memorial and West Building of the National Gallery of Art proposed this pyramid to honor America’s sixteenth president. Continue reading

Palace of the Soviets: Never-Built Moscow

Detail of a Palace of the Soviets design proposal

Detail of a Palace of the Soviets design proposal

Don’t think Hitler was the only one with grandiose architectural visions. In the 1930s, the Soviets were planning to built a huge Communist Party administrative center and congress hall in the middle of Moscow, on the site of the demolished Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

An architectural contest was held, won by Boris Iofan who submitted a neoclassical skyscraper concept. The building would have been the tallest in the world at the time.

Construction did begin but was aborted when the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union in 1941. The palace was never built and after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the church was rebuilt.

This post is not about the winning design, though. There were many proposals and the sketches and drawings seen here are from one of them: a more traditional, palace-like idea that would apparently also have required a significant reconstruction of the surrounding neighborhood.

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