Today is the anniversary of my second year on this blog and I thought it would be nice to share with you some of the posts that I’ve really enjoyed writing, and which I think you’d be interested to read if you haven’t yet. I’ve chosen eleven posts which, to me, bring nothing but the fondest memories upon reading them, and also these seem to be some themes that I’m the most passionate about. Check it out and enjoy!
‘The February-born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they an amethyst will wear.’
Birthstones were very popular during the Victorian era and each month was given a specific gem. Birthstone for February is amethyst – one of my favourite gems. I find that amethyst looks so opulent, mysterious, powerful yet elegant and fragile. I am not a ‘February child’ but to all of you who are, I wish a happy birthday and I wish that you’ll enjoy beautiful amethyst jewellery I’m going to show you here.
For this Fashion Plate Friday I choose a dress that caught my attention a few days ago. Beautiful pink tone and long elegantly decorated train have filled my imagination and I couldn’t stop thinking about this amazing dress even for a minute.
This fashion plate dates from 1855. and it was published in magazine Le Moniteur de la Mode. Because of the long train I’d assume this could be a court dress as well. Anyways, this dress enchanted me on a first sight. Really, just look at this gorgeous shade of pink, white lace and long train decorated with leaves and flowers.
Pointed bodice has a wide neckline decorated with lace and little puffed sleeves are fastened into a bow. The skirt has three lace flounces; each longer than the previous and above each one is a row of matching flowers. Train is quite long (unusual for normal evening dresses of the era, but typical for court dresses) and lavishly decorated with white lace and pink flowers.
Accessorize includes two matching bracelets, skin toned wrist-length gloves and a simple necklace. Hairstyle is quite lovely; hair is centrally parted, sides are puffed and decorated with white feathers and veil made of white lace.
This time I honestly couldn’t decide for just one dress, that is just one fashion plate but Regency era evening dresses have indeed caught my attention this week so I’ll show you some of my favourites.
1817. Evening Dress, Ackermann’s Repository, July
1819. Evening Dress, Ackermann’s Repository, April
Those are just three, but I love almost every evening dress I see because every single one is unique and spectacle for itself.
I love the simplicity of these dresses, both in colour and in decorations. First dress is decorated only with pink roses and the silhouette is rather flowing with no restrictions, i love that. I’m also fond of contrast of the short puffy sleeves and long, kind of loose white gloves. It gives the look of negligence and effortless elegance.
The second dress is a bit more decorated but it’s still simple all together. I could look at these short puffed sleeves forever for they are so cute and have a slight sixteen century influence. The hat is a little funny to modern audience but in these days it was something everybody would want to have.
The third dress captivated me because of its frills and flower trimmings, it’s something most adorable. The sleeves are made of three puffs of lace and we see, again, long ‘opera’ gloves. The headdress is spectacular and hair is decorated with small flowers. Accessorize is minimal; two necklaces, one longer than the other.
I found all the fashion plates here – http://www.ekduncan.com/
18th century fashion is full of lovely excesses; lots of jewellery, huge dresses, feathers, silk, brocade, flowers, pearls and other decorations; basically everything you can possibly imagine incorporated into amazing dresses and hairstyles. Hairstyles of 1770s are something most amazing I’ve ever seen in the world of hairstyles, such daring and originality hasn’t ever been seen before. Another plus is that these hairstyles were favoured by Marie Antoinette. I can’t help myself imagining her wearing these bonnets and hairstyles .
Row 1: Chapeau en berceau d’Amour orné de fleurs, et d’une barriere liséreé de tigre, Coëffure en Herisson surmonteé de plumes et de fleurs et ceinte d’une barriere de perles avec un gland
Row 2: Bonnet demi négligé avec deux barbes attachées par derriere, Pouf asiatique avec un fichu à trois pointes
I love the hairstyle in row one on the right the most! Lovely pink tassels and feathers, string of pearls, little yellow and pink rose with leaves; so elegant and cute. And the lady even has a bouquet of pink roses on her bosom. I also like the hat on the left; so enormous and over decorated and the dress and necklace seem interesting too.
Row 1: Nouvelle Coëffure dite la Frégate la Junon, Hérisson d’un nouveau gout orné de plumes fleurs et rubans avec des glands
Row 2: Chignon en Croix de Chevalier surmonté d’un Bonnet au fichu bordé de perles, Chignon noué en trois parts, surmonté d’un Bonnet au fichu
From this fashion plate I would have to choose the hairstyle from row one on the right. I mean, just look at those wide ribbons decorated with tassels and diamond decorations, huge feathers, big roses… Everything is so enormous but amazing.
Row 1: Coeffure a l’Irlandoise avec des fleurs, Bonnet aux Berceaux d’amour
Row 2: Coeffure en fleurs mélées dans les cheveux, Bonnet au fichu attaché par devant
These four hairstyles are quite romantic and sweet; perfect for spring. I can’t even choose the favourite one. Hairstyles in row one feature pink ribbons, lace trimming, pink roses with little leaves and daisies. Hairstyle in row 2 on the left is very ‘simple’; wreath of flowers, roses and little green leaves are its main decoration.
Row 1: Bonnet d’un gout nouveau et élégant avec des perles, Nouveau Bonnet a la Draperie avec deux rangs de grosses perles
Row 2: Petit Maître avec un Chapeau a la Suisse et un gillet à la Turque, Chignon à deux tresses accompagné de 4 boucles de côté à la Chanceliere
I simply could resist hairstyles in row one. They’re enormous, almost triangle shaped. You can see that colourful flowers, white kerchief and pearls were all the rage. Pearls and roses are bigger than ever before. Hairstyle on the left is even more elaborate; the top is entirely covered with decorations.
Row 1: Chapeau Anglais, le Pouf à la puce
Row 2: Bonnet au Chapeau galant, Bonnet anglo-américain
These hairstyles, on the other hand, are rather playful and funny. Second hairstyle shows slight Turkish influence and I think it’s my favourite out of them all. The third hairstyle is almost absurd; there’s a hat placed on a hairstyle, crazy but fully embodies the eighteenth century spirit. The last hairstyle is so enormous I almost can’t believe somebody wore that.
Row 1: Nouvelle Coeffure en plumes, Coeffure de la Reine
Row 2: Bonnet au fichu, Bonnet aux Aigrettes
First two hairstyle are really a 1770s classic and that’s why they are my favourite; these hairstyles can be seen on many French royal portraits of the time; Marie Antoinette’s coronation portrait and Marie Therese de Savoie’s portrait in 1775. These hairstyles are elegant and not too much daring or too big so even the least fashionable women could be wearing them.
Row 1: Baigneuse, Bonnet dun nouveau gout
Row 2: Chapeau d’un nouveau gout, Bonnet au mystere ou Chien Couchant
Row 1: Bonnet à la Victoire, la Candeur
Row 2: Bonnet au Levant, le Parterre galant
The last hairstyle is obviously the most opulent and most luxurious out of all. I don’t even believe somebody could actually wear this, I suppose, very heavy hairstyle. But all in the name of fashion, I suppose. But what a great idea, when you think about it? It seems like the politics can have influence on fashion.
What’s better for the weekend than a dash of Edwardian era?
I have a special connection to Edwardian era fashion. Story goes back a couple of years ago when I first entered this magical world of history of fashion. The first fashion era I stumbled on was the Edwardian era. It happened without a particular reason but this era has a special place in my heart from that day on.
I feel like almost every fashion plate and dress from the 1900s has a touch of spring to it. Abundance of lace, pastel colour and roses – spring, right? Edwardian era fashion can seem a little too much sometimes, but this dress certainly doesn’t fit the pattern of over decorated and exaggeratedly embroidered dresses. This dress is just elegantly ‘too much’, but in an enchanting and captivating way.
This dinner dress dates from 1907. and is a classical example of Edwardian dresses. Pastel green colour, symmetric blue decorations, golden bows and lots of lace – key words for this beautiful dress. The hairstyle is sweet and elegant as the whole ensemble and it features roses and a neat blue ribbon. The sleeves are puffed and decorated with a bow. With the emphasis on the dress itself, accessorize is limited – a simple necklace and white opera gloves are enough to complete the look.