fashion history

  1. Eleanor Rose

    Dressed To Kill in the 19th Century

    "The Embroidress" by Georg Friedrich Kersting St. Patrick’s Day always has me searching my closest for something green to wear so I began to wonder how popular this color was with our Victorian friends. As it turns out, Scheele’s Green and Paris Green were the premier green pigments of the...
  2. JPK Huson 1863

    Victoria's Umbrella, Our Decades Under The Reign

    Alexandrina Victoria, around the time her father died- so a Queen. Such a little, pretty young woman, hard to imagine her imprint over 60 years. Imprints. We owe her a span of an improbable 60 years we call an era. Sorry couldn't resist thread title. Words are like Legos, you can build...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    Corsets, Hoops, Stomachers And Other Weaponry, Our Ancestors' Unfortunate Fashion Addictions

    We girls are nothing if not consistent. A love affair with fashion permeates girl history. For more centuries than we should admit to we've fainted, caught fire, been hit by lightening, nursed bruised toes, cracked ribs and displaced organs- for fashion. Those floating hoopskirts, dainty waists...
  4. Eleanor Rose

    Victorian High Fashion or Hot Mess?

    I always enjoy viewing beautiful Victorian dresses on display in museums. Since it has been a rainy and chilly day in my neck of the woods, I decided to spend my afternoon taking a virtual tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. On my "visit" I discovered that not every Victorian dress was...
  5. Eleanor Rose

    I Simply Don't Have A Thing To Wear!

    Alva Vanderbilt as a Venetian princess in 1883 (Messy Nessy Chic) In March of 1883, Alva Vanderbilt hosted one of the most lavish costume parties of the Gilded Age. New York Society members on her exclusive guest list dreamed up eccentric garb. Alva came dressed as a Venetian princess and a...
  6. Eleanor Rose

    Victorian Costumes: Halloween Anyone?

    "Sewing" concept costume circa 1880's Our Victorian friends enjoyed costume parties. They would typically alter their everyday clothing, adding props or embellishments, to create a costume. Based on my reading, the most popular costumes appear to have been witches and ghosts. Other costumes...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    It's Fashion Week! A CWT Wartime Runway, Yours?

    Sarah Jane Hale vied with Mme. Demorest as the American vanguards presenting the very latest fashions in their magazines, " Godey's Lady's Book " and " Madam Demorest's Mirror Of Fashion " Included in the mode would necessarily have been mourning attire, albeit unobtrusive- it was fashionable...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    Oh You Great, Big Beautiful ( Paper ) Doll, Ancestor Play

    Cutout dolls were made of famous figures, these being outfits worn by an uber famous dancer of the 1830's, ' Taglioni '. Story book figures seem popular by the 1860's as were famous men and women in American history- George and Martha were cut out, dressed and you just know played with to...
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    Hoop Skirts' Contentious Past; How Big WERE Those Things?

    " Curious effect produced by a fashionable lady, walking down the aisle at church ", caption. Men put their hats, brim up, next to their pews, Sundays during church. Swept away by wide skirts, another guy has had enough. No one is attacking this iconic image, or what it represents to anyone...
  10. JPK Huson 1863

    Fashion Lumbers Backwards, Or, 1820 To 1865, How'd That Happen?

    The 1864's trim, petticoated, crinolined, corseted and layer encumbered granddaughter of 1825's svelte, high waisted, slipped ancestress had not sat down since 1855. She also had an awful lot more buttons to do up at the throat than Grandmother in her youth, more sheer poundage in fabric to lug...
  11. JPK Huson 1863

    Fashion To - Die - For, Or, An Era Dance With Death

    Since the era chemist issuing a warning on ball dresses - and death- to America was British, it's only fair a famous, British ( if ridiculously elite ) ball room be used illustrating the point. Almack's Assembly Rooms, London, had unbelievably survived a Regency popularity explosion and still...
  12. JPK Huson 1863

    Madame Demorests, Fashion's Best Emporium

    From an 1862 newspaper spread, Madame Demorest's façade alone was enough to awaken the shopping beast slumbering in feminine hearts. LoC Newspapers Madame Demorest's Emporium, Broadway, New York City may not exist in today's chrome, glass and asphalt jungle. From this head spinning shopping...


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