Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Dressing Sophronia from the Corset Up


Good day, Fashionable Reader, today I am posting all about what Sophronia as wearing under all those dresses I describe in the Finishing School series. I hope you enjoy this, I had a lot of fun pulling it together.

A dress like this, worn as a daytime garment for classes:

1850s Ensemble  Nordiska Museet

Sophronia might also carry:

1850s Parasol  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Or perhaps...

1867 Fan Souvenir de l’exposition universelle

Her first layer under that outfit:


Under the dress above, she'd be wearing something like this:

Accessory Set 1850s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art: a lace tuck or collar, and sleeve extensions.

Corset Cover  1864-1868  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Stocking  1860  Les Arts Décoratifs 

Shoes  1854-1860  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

There would also be gloves, of course.

The next Layer under that:

 Underneath those we have...

 Corset  Roxy Ann Caplin, 1851  The Museum of London

1855-1865  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Likely there would also be split drawers, but I couldn't find a good image from this timer period. Note that there is no cage crinoline, it is introduce to England after the Finishing School series.

Similar foundation garments might go under Sophronia's transformation gown. If she were going out visiting and paying calls she would wear this:

Robe à Transformation  1855  The Metropolitan Museum of Art2

With these over it:

Accessory Set  1850s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

And for an evening ball, this version of the dress...

1855 Robe à Transformation  1855  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

With these in her hair:

1850 Headdress & Bouquet  Mid 19th Century   MFA

And this to ward off the chill:

Cape  1855  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Then & Now ~ Cream Cut Out Gowns


Then

Gown  Christian Dior, 1955  The Museum at FIT

Now

2014  S/S Naeem Khan via nymag.com

Matched Merch


Beware The Octopus Shirt

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Purple Flower Top & Vintage Cream Knit Skirt at ConFusion, Detroit


For the second day of Confusion I wore a few old favorites.


My favorite grey facinator (now in black and red $15ea), a vintage 1940s cream jacket (it looks better buttoned), a silky flower print purple blouse from J.C. Penny (years ago), and the skirt part of my 1950s cream knit suit, with black ballet flats (similar $15). I try to wear flats the second day of a con to give my feet a rest and because Saturday is almost always my busiest day rushing from panel to panel.


The choker was a gift from the BFF, it's made of tiny little silver roses. I've never seen anything else like it out there. Those are my favorite earrings made from fountain pen nibs. Mine are silver but I did find these brass ones for $24, and I'm sure the silver are all over Etsy.



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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Steampunk Top & Black Pin Stripe Pencil Skirt at ConFusion, Detroit


I recently returned from Confusion, a lovely little convention on the outskirts of Detroit. My first outfit was a new one for me, I pair an old pin stripe fish tale pencil skirt with a top I usually wear under steampunk stuff.


I put on vintage black gloves (similar $40), a cream headband flower, black purse (no longer avaiable, but I love the Lux De Ville purse line), and my grey and black Via Spiga cut-out spectator derby pumps. (Want more on how I came by this description? My favorite post on the fine art of Oxford shoe identification.)

 I'm not sure about this outfit. I feel that the shirt untucked isn't flattering yet the skirt isn't high wasted enough to tuck or wear with a vintage sweater. I won't be getting rid of the shirt, for steampunk reasons, but I'm not sure about keeping the skirt. Much as I love it, I just don't wear it very often. No mater what the case, I won't be wearign this particular combination again.


FYI, I am running a Goodreads Giveaway on Imprudence.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Then & Now ~ Blue Pattern


Then


Evening Dress  Christian Dior, 1954  The Henry Ford Historic Costume Collection

Now


17 2014  S/S Holly Fulton

Matched Merch



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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Then & Now ~ Embroidered White Muslin

 

Then

Day dress  1904-1908  The Victoria & Albert Museum




Now


87 2014 Gn

Matched Merch

Mug lives the dream as a teacup


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Then & Now ~ Ecru Overlay Dress

Then

1907-1910 Jean-Philippe Worth,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 Almost Then

1935 Ensemble  Jeanne Lanvin,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 Now

2013 S/S Sass & Bide

Matched Merch


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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Then & Now ~ Black Lace Overlay

Then

Evening Dress  Madeleine Vionnet, 1935  The Victoria & Albert Museum

 Now

2013 S/S Alannah Dress at darlingclothes.com

Matched Merch


Team Soap

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Then & Now ~ Black Layered Dress

Then

Mourning Dress  1870  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 Almost Now

1952 Christian Dior  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Matched Merch


I'd Rather Be Wearing Steampunk

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

1940s Air Hostess Uniforms


There was a great display (at the International Terminal of SFO before we left for Singapore) on airline uniforms through the ages. I was particularly taken with this one:


It's the 1939 uniform for United Airlines. Isn't it adorable?

With Parasols! And look at the shoes!

Although, that said, I got mighty addlepated over the current Singapore Air hostess uniforms, because OH MY GOD. I nearly bought one for myself (you can in Little India) and then realized I am not an incredibly stunning Asian woman and it would look ridiculous on me.

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