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How exciting! I'm vicariously stoked for you. Cosplay and Steampunk (for corsetry ideas) google searches are your friend. North East secret cinema equivalent is Screenage Kicks, look on fb for photos of their The Shining ball.
I'm worried the dress is more 50s than 1900s, although that's less of an issue if I leave the stole on. Those headdresses are very cool, maybe a statement headdress would distract from the less than perfect dress
You are right that the colour of the dress doesn't help. It is Cadbury purple and quite modern. Any bolero would have to be pretty thick, because the dress has an asymmetric neckline which is also not on point!
Maybe I'm just overthinking this, but it will be my first night out in a long time and I don't want to feel dressed wrong!
Those dresses look much closer to what I had in mind, and I want to really enjoy myself so am prepared to spend some money to look right. I have looked at my own (sparse) ballgowns, but was only searching fancy dress not new ballgowns. Some of those look very Duchess-ey!
Oh good. Just a thought - have you considered hiring an outfit? Friends have hired brilliant costumes for events and looked amazing. I think they spent about £35 so could end up costing about the same.
That's a shame. I'd definitely have a look at eBay then or maybe charity shops if you have any good ones near you. I find they usually have a good selection of evening wear and you may find something that would be easier to adapt than your purple one.