For this prompt I’m going to post something I’ve been sitting on for a while: some highlights from a class trip to the Cora Ginsburg Gallery in NYC from last year. We saw some amazing stuff there – they let us touch 17th century lace! Everything had gorgeous details and I could not resist getting up close and personal…
Piles of fly fringe on a Robe a la Francaise
Robe a la Francaise back pleats
Inside the back pleats
Embroidery on an unfinished white silk waistcoat, late 18th c
Wrong side of the embroidery
Embroidery, 8x magnification
17th century needle lace
17th century needle lace, 8x magnification
Back of a Regency round gown
Detail of white work on Regency round gown
Ivory or whalebone eyelets on 1820s stays
Amazing early 19th century shoes
Front of an 1840s gown. Look at those tucks!
Inside detail of 1840s gown
Amazing Japonism decoration on a Worth 1880s bodice
Inside of Worth bodice
Worth label *swoon*
1890s velvet suit
Look at all this yummy velvet
Just a quick one because I again am writing late at night right before I have to go to sleep. These are some dream projects that I would love to do once I have underwear from every time period that fits correctly and money to buy all the beautiful silks in the world.
My ultimate dream project: Deborah Kerr’s ballgown from The King and I. It’s my favourite musical of all time and it’s the movie that gave me my love of crinolines.
Madame de Saint-Maurice (1776) by Joseph Siffred Duplessis. I love Madame so very much and while pink is not usually in my personal colour palette I would wear the crap out of it in this context.
This red taffeta and black velvet suit from the 1780s; I forget who the subject is, but the portrait is by Vigee-LeBrun
This Regency open robe made of brightly coloured sari fabric of some sort. No one’s figured out what museum this is in yet; someone I talked to suggested it might be Russian.
This 1840s chick is hidden away in the depths of the American Wing period rooms at the Met. She’s fab and I want her hat.
“Girl Reading” by Alfred Emile Stevens (1856). I really want a sheer dress; they appeal to my inner Scarlett O’Hara.
This Lepape illustration called “Les Papillons” is from La Gazette du Bon Ton. I don’t usually care for the 1910s, but this is so simple and striking and gorgeous.
1855 Archery Jacket from (potentially) the Museum of London (the way it’s listed online is weird?). I just love the idea of Victorian women doing archery. I would of course pair it with a red petticoat.
Bonus: not an outfit, but how baller is this 1876 space quilt. I want to reproduce it one day just because it’s awesome.
My mom and I have been digging around in our family’s historical ephemera looking for photos and papers from my great-grandmother’s time as a Red Cross volunteer in WW2 for a project I’m working on in my conservation class. We haven’t had too much luck on that front, but we have found some other really neat family photos from the very late 19th-early 20th century!
We don’t know who these fabulous ladies are, but they are clearly awesome. I’d date this one to about 1900 – the brief period of restraint between the huge sleeves and skirts of the 1890s and the severe S-bend silhouette of the nineteen-aughts.
Girl’s got some fierce hair game going on here! And I love her watch worn on the breast. Giant sleeves put this one solidly in the 1890s.
Back of the 1890s photo.
This is Sylvia Nagel, later Sylvia Singer, my great-grandmother. Her giant hair bow dates this picture to about 1905-1910.
There’s a tiny little antique shop on my street corner that is in the opposite direction that I usually walk so I never see it. I happened to walk by it today and found a few fun things!