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November 12, 2013

5 months ago





  • alicematiosian asked: this blog helped me so much with a project of mine. thank you!

    You are very welcome and thank YOU!




  • 5 months ago





  • Anonymous asked: I would first like to say thank you - I am simply thrilled to have images of Worth's masquerade costume copied from the gown of a Spanish princess. I didn't know about this and I have been putting together a PowerPoint presentation on this type of costume so this is a great help. I would like to know where it came from, a few of the images on your site I recognize, but many of them I have never seen before. I have taught Costume History about 20 times and I like to know the date and museum.

    Hi! So sorry for the late response. I don’t really post on this blog anymore, but I noticed your question and I thought I should answer, even though you might never see this.


    I think the dress is housed in the Museum of the City of New York and it was worn by a lucky Ms. Kate Brice to the Bradley-Martin Ball on February 10, 1897.

    Hope this helps and thanks for your feedback!




  • 5 months ago





  • noctuary:

    tinywaitress:


    In early 1897, Jean-Philippe Worth received a rush order for a fancy dress costume from a regular client via transatlantic cable. Recreating the costume worn by the Infanta as portrayed by Velasquez through the use of modular components and an accurate dress form maintained for his client, Worth was able to complete and ship his commission back to New York 24 hours later. The gown itself betrays no evidence of its lightning-fast manufacture. Its silken lining and silver lace underscore the high period standards borne by all garments carrying the Worth label.

    Worth was a god.


  • #19th century      #17th century      #painting      #extant      #1890s      




    April 19, 2012

    2 years ago





    2 years ago





  • oldrags:

Corset, 1890-95 England, the V&A Museum

Improvements in design, equipment and materials meant that corsets could mould the figure to suit the latest fashions. The straight busk on this corset creates a vertical line from bust to abdomen which complemented the less rounded, more angular silhouette of the 1890s. It was also supposed to relieve pressure on the internal organs while supporting the stomach. Shaped pieces (five on each side) have been seamed together and bust and hip gussets inserted to give the corset its distinctive shape. Strips of whalebone follow the contours of the hourglass silhouette, creating a rigid structure to emphasise the smallness of the waist. Each strip is enclosed in a bone channel formed by neat rows of machine stitching. The decorative embroidery stitches (flossing) visible towards the bottom and back of the corset prevent the whalebone from forcing its way out of these channels. A hook is attached at the centre front to prevent the petticoat from riding up and causing extra bulk at the waist.


This is hot.

    oldrags:

    Corset, 1890-95 England, the V&A Museum

    Improvements in design, equipment and materials meant that corsets could mould the figure to suit the latest fashions. The straight busk on this corset creates a vertical line from bust to abdomen which complemented the less rounded, more angular silhouette of the 1890s. It was also supposed to relieve pressure on the internal organs while supporting the stomach. Shaped pieces (five on each side) have been seamed together and bust and hip gussets inserted to give the corset its distinctive shape. Strips of whalebone follow the contours of the hourglass silhouette, creating a rigid structure to emphasise the smallness of the waist. Each strip is enclosed in a bone channel formed by neat rows of machine stitching. The decorative embroidery stitches (flossing) visible towards the bottom and back of the corset prevent the whalebone from forcing its way out of these channels. A hook is attached at the centre front to prevent the petticoat from riding up and causing extra bulk at the waist.

    This is hot.


  • #corset      #19th century      #undergarment      #extant      #1890s      




    April 7, 2012

    2 years ago





  • modernfoppery:

bluestalkingstitches:

lionza:

via: Va Bien

RELEVANT TO MY ENTIRE SELF

Mr. SPECTATOR,
I am an Irish Gentleman, that have travelled many Years for my Improvement; during which time I have accomplished myself in the whole Art of Ogling, as it is at present practised in all the polite Nations of Europe. Being thus qualified, I intend, by the Advice of my Friends, to set up for an Ogling-Master. I teach the Church Ogle in the Morning, and the Play-house Ogle by Candle-light. I have also brought over with me a new flying Ogle fit for the Ring; which I teach in the Dusk of the Evening, or in any Hour of the Day by darkning one of my Windows. I have a Manuscript by me called The Compleat Ogler, which I shall be ready to show you upon any Occasion. In the mean time, I beg you will publish the Substance of this Letter in an Advertisement, and you will very much oblige,
Yours, &c.
—Joseph Addison, The Spectator (April 23, 1711)

ahhh this is awesome

    modernfoppery:

    bluestalkingstitches:

    lionza:

    via: Va Bien

    RELEVANT TO MY ENTIRE SELF

    Mr. SPECTATOR,

    I am an Irish Gentleman, that have travelled many Years for my Improvement; during which time I have accomplished myself in the whole Art of Ogling, as it is at present practised in all the polite Nations of Europe. Being thus qualified, I intend, by the Advice of my Friends, to set up for an Ogling-Master. I teach the Church Ogle in the Morning, and the Play-house Ogle by Candle-light. I have also brought over with me a new flying Ogle fit for the Ring; which I teach in the Dusk of the Evening, or in any Hour of the Day by darkning one of my Windows. I have a Manuscript by me called The Compleat Ogler, which I shall be ready to show you upon any Occasion. In the mean time, I beg you will publish the Substance of this Letter in an Advertisement, and you will very much oblige,

    Yours, &c.

    —Joseph Addison, The Spectator (April 23, 1711)

    ahhh this is awesome

    (Source: thelingerieaddict, via my-ear-trumpet)




  • April 2, 2012

    2 years ago





  • historiful:

Model Christy Turlington (b. 1969), date unknown.

EDIT: This is in fact not Audrey Hepburn, as initially stated. Please adjust your captions accordingly to prevent any further confusion. Thank you!

    historiful:

    Model Christy Turlington (b. 1969), date unknown.

    EDIT: This is in fact not Audrey Hepburn, as initially stated. Please adjust your captions accordingly to prevent any further confusion. Thank you!




  • March 30, 2012

    2 years ago





  • (Source: lowmorale, via tea-with-marie)


  • #18th century      #robe a la francaise      #painting      




    2 years ago





  • Anonymous asked: this is the best fashion collection i have ever seen. i am loving it. i hope it is always available as it is a valuable resource and a joy to behold. gg

    Wow I almost forgot about this blog. I’m surprised people still look at it. I don’t even like it that much anymore.

    A billion thanks though! I’m not deleting it any time soon since I don’t have any reason to do that, so yes, it will be around.




  • March 29, 2012

    2 years ago





  • fripperiesandfobs:

Victoire-Auguste-Antoinette, Princesse de Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Duchesse de Nemours
1840
Franz Xavier Winterhalter
It’s always hard to find Winterhalters to post, since everyone’s so familiar with his work.

    fripperiesandfobs:

    Victoire-Auguste-Antoinette, Princesse de Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Duchesse de Nemours

    1840

    Franz Xavier Winterhalter

    It’s always hard to find Winterhalters to post, since everyone’s so familiar with his work.

    (via my-ear-trumpet)


  • #19th century      #painting      #1840s      




    June 24, 2011

    2 years ago





  • theniftyfifties:

1950’s Dior

    theniftyfifties:

    1950’s Dior

    (via latinamericana)


  • #20th century      #1950s      #photograph      




    April 19, 2011

    3 years ago





  • A Passing Storm, James Tissot, 1876
Is it just a passing storm?
Bad things happen and good things happen. I find no joy in anything, it feels like that the good is given in a gesture of mercy and generosity by some cruel cruel superior being as if it’s supposed to make up for the bad. It can’t though, it just stands there mocking me and my inability to be for once in my life grateful. Nothing is ever enough. It will never end and this perspective seems so tiring.

    A Passing Storm, James Tissot, 1876

    Is it just a passing storm?

    Bad things happen and good things happen. I find no joy in anything, it feels like that the good is given in a gesture of mercy and generosity by some cruel cruel superior being as if it’s supposed to make up for the bad. It can’t though, it just stands there mocking me and my inability to be for once in my life grateful. Nothing is ever enough. It will never end and this perspective seems so tiring.


  • #19th century      #painting      #1870s      #princess line      #lace      #personal      #ramble      




    March 30, 2011

    3 years ago





  • Just because I love art and more people need to see this.

    70 Million by Hold Your Horses!


  • #personal      #ramble      #useless post      




    February 27, 2011

    3 years ago





  • 
Downtown Abbey, 1910s. Need to see this urgently!

    Downtown Abbey, 1910s. Need to see this urgently!


  • #20th century      #1910s      #movie still      




    February 22, 2011

    3 years ago





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