Apologies for the delay in your historical fashion fix. It’s been a busy week but I have made sure to get some extra lovely historical fashion goodies for you. So you see, I do care.
This week we are going to dip our toes into historical fashion influences in pop culture, which if we are honest, are never really that authentic. Reign anyone?!
I haven’t properly watched this series yet, so I can’t really comment but we can’t be too hard on it. The fact is almost all historical dramas are tweaked so that modern day audiences wont be put off. For example Cleavages, they are always high, pushed together and bulging, which is in fact a 21th Century preference and not like the cleavage preference of the regency era where they liked high boobage but separated. You could see between ze boobies. Not like the lovely Lizzies cleavage we have come to expect in Pride and Prejudice-
Less this –
More This –
I am a huge fan of Disney, and I try and get it into as many posts as I can ( see previous History Ahoy! posts ) So I am LOVING this video about “Historically Correct Disney Princesses” from Buzzfeed. Ah, Buzzfeed, the internet crack of the millennial age. I really love these history fashion flashback videos, what are you thoughts?
It’s strange to ponder what the princesses fates would have been, if put into the real life historical constraints of their times. Yikes. I love history but when I am asked if I would ever want to go back, my response is always the same – if I had to, I’d have to be rich and male. Otherwise, no. I like modern medicine too much. And I have a big mouth. I would have ended up like this after about an hour. I can help myself-
It’s London Fashion Week, and the city is a buzz with fashionista’s tittering in their heels, looking for their next fashion fix. To my gleeful delight recent historical inspired media has seeped into the fashion catwalks, and below are some of the wonderful examples of fashion meeting history. Be prepared to have major wardrobe envy though.
A crown and a cape. Yes! Not that the cape was ever out of fashion, my good friend at writersblockandbrokenlenses rocks her regularly in fact. Viva le cape!
Frockflicks has a great article on the historical influence on modern fashion that you should check out!
I don’t think this is a new thing either as all fashion is inspired by previous fashions, but I think the periods that are getting the most replication at present are the more flamboyantl historical periods. This makes me very happy! Pass me my powdered wig. (Washed of course..)
This dress by Dior is a beautiful homage the wide skirts of the 1700’s. Still lovely and it doesn’t lose it’s traditional cut in translation either.
Do you have to keep your hand in your pockets for the whole day that you wear it though? Hmmmm…
I notice that the model’s above and below are wearing a crown. Which means I am now allowed to go out in public wearing a crown ( like that would stop me, but it being socially acceptable may influence the size of the crown that I wear )
I still hold a grudge against my boyfriend because he took me to the Towers Of London for my birthday and promised me a crown. I never got it. Still waiting *side eyes boyfriend*
The Byzantian style of this tunic below is just breath taking and it looks so luxurious. I can completely see it being worn casually and dressed up.
Oh I WANT IT SO BAD.
*throws self on bed and cries* #firstworldproblems
All three dresses below actually make me want to purr like a kitten, so beautiful. The craftsmanship as well..pass my smelling salts. I am loving that Baroque is rocking the catwalk right now. *fist pumps*
Gotta show some love for this Dior make up image and it’s hark back to the crazy hair styles of the 1700’s. I bet this style smells much nicer though. Wigs in the 1700’s could have things living long term in there.They didn’t like to wash much. In their minds, there was nothing a spritz of Perfume couldn’t hide away! Niiiiice. I still know some people like this.
A nice full skirt. I love how this skirt moves as well. Le sigh. Also, added bonus of long skirts means having to shave legs, less. Whoot!
I adore the back of this wedding gown. It’s beautiful. It’s one of those timeless styles, as it would be a lovely dress to wear in any age. WANT.
I want it so bad that if I had the money, I’d literally buy it and then proceed to just sit, watch tv and eat pizza in it like Monica and Rachael from friends just so I could wear it all the time.
Last but by no means least – You’ve got to love John Paul Gaultier, I certainly do. He’s so cheeky and so, well, French. I am a bit of a Francophile and my partner is part French, so it’s rather convenient. He likes to feature a sprinkle of historical reflection in a lot of his designs ( John, not my boyfriend )…Anyone who can make underwear, outerwear and make wearing a corset cool again is more than ok ( like is ever wasn’t?) He’s fine by me.
Dress Of the Week –
This weeks dress of the week comes with an amazing story. How fabulous! –
Isabell Fraser’s Wedding Dress, circa 1785, wool, Scotland, used continuously by a single family since it was made in 1785, last worn in 2005, Inverness Museums & Art Gallery.
Anyway, I am ofski to sort out my own own wardrobe,which is a huge task, as I have a habit of getting emotionally attached to my clothes. It’s going to be an emotional one, so I have wine at the ready. I am also planning a get together for London Fashion Week, so if you fancy meeting up, more details can be found on my post here. Hope to see you there!
Have a good weekend lovelies!
Love, love Bp x X
Hello there darlings!
A few people have been in touch about London Fashion Week and I’m thinking it would be rather lovely for a few of us to get together and have a meet up ( any excuse for chat and wine) I am already meeting up with the lovely Writers Block and broken lenses and Stehi Lareine ( love these ladies! ) and wondered if any of you wanted in?
Let me know below or pop by one of my social channels and we can arrange it all.
Hope to see you! <3
How art thou? I hope you had a good weekend? I had a weekend of work but all for good projects so I didn’t mind. It’s been a while since my last feminist round up, but hey, I’ve been busy! So here is just the tip of the iceberg in what has happened in the world of feminism. It’s going to be brief so take it all in.
The sun were dicks.
There was excitement as The tabloid The Sun, decided to play a media prank by pretending to pull page three. We all couldn’t quite believe it and when we did, it was swiftly shoved back into our faces and we were again forced to motorboat the breasts of the beautiful younglings of page three. I have a lot of thoughts on this, but I would need a blog series to cover it, so I won’t start here. I am keen though to hear your thoughts and opinions on the subject.
To Sprog off ,or not to sprog off? That is the question.
The Stylist wrote a great article on the much debated issue of children. I preferred it to this one on Thoughtcatalog “I think people without kids have empty lives and im not sorry about it“. Yikes! The comments section on this makes for interesting reading. Does anyone else read the comments section or am I just a lonely sad comments voyeur?!
Whats wrong with society in on screen capture.
Just reminding the media this happened.
Just a brief one for now, otherwise I will never find a blogging / work life balance. That is one New Years Resolution I am happy to share. Work smarter not harder.
Let me know you thoughts on the above lovelies!
Love, love Bp X
Thank you for the love last week. It was muchos appreciated. Good to know there are a few history fans out there. On that note, i shall jump straight in on the historical round up.
First, *queue trumpets* This weeks dress of the week is an easy one. It is this stunning creation by Steamstress “Tudor Dreamers” It’s beautiful. I am in love. <3
LOOK AT IT! <3
In other news, this week I have mostly been perving on historical head wear.
Such as Anne Boleyn’s lovely french hood.
Well hello there.
Some of my internet searching led me to some lovely sites, and you can find a fabulous article here on Tudor head wear.
Including the English and Spanish hoods.
It also led me to some wonderful images. Ones I couldn’t even have imagined. I am thankful to have found some great reproductions, for example-
Wow, just wow! <3
It’s an amazing site, so check it out if you love historical headwear. It is called Kats hats after all. Does what it says on the tin.
Historical wedding dress of the week –
<3 <3 Found *this* dress on this amazing ——> facebook page. <3 <3
It’s all in the veil. So simple, so beautiful. I love it!
To further show just how lovely this board is, please look at these beautiful vintage wedding pictures. It’s strange to see such intimate moments captured. You wonder what happened to the couples…
I like their style in the picture below. She gave no fucks that day.
The couple below’s world is So dreamy and beautiful <3 –
Oh yeah, mens wear!
Let’s not forget about the boys ( how could we?) and praise the historical poncho LOVE they expressed in the 1300’s You’ve gotta love a good cape.
If you’re interested in historical mens fashion I have recently started following this pinterestboard. It’s rather good –
Oooh Hats! We all like hats.
Phrew, well that’s your history fix for now. Don’t worry I will be back. Also, keep me posted on your great finds!, they are appreciated!
<3 Love, love Bp <3
Oh it’s been a good week for historical fashion porn in my social feeds, probably to do with a few of you emailing me some fab sites. Thank you so much! I love getting sent new tip offs, and I certainly liked these two sites that were sent to me via my facebook page –
( If I could wear my hair like this, I would! )
If you’ve ever wondered how that hair style was achieved –
( picture from – The Fly On The Wall HistoryFans )
And now you know. You’re welcome.
All’s well with Cromwell
WolfHall rocked my socks this week! Have any of you watched it? A few scamps were being extra critical of it in the media and on my social feeds. The latter sadly meant that I may have accidentally upset a family member with a rebellious defense of it’s honor in a drunken 3am status. I critiqued the nay sayers and completely forgot ma famille had been disappointed with it in a status the week before! EEk, shot completely misfired on that one, damn you Daily Mail!
I still think Wolfhall is great but understand that the darkness, slow pace and odd timing may be annoying at times, but it’s meant to be one persons story. It’s not a fly on the wall narrative. I am an Anne Boleyn fan, but I am not up in arms because of how she is charaterised in the show, Cromwell doesn’t really know her personally yet and so, this is how she comes across to him from the experience he’s has with her. Remember, we know the history, they are the history.
On that note, I’d love to make history, for good things of course!
Anyhow, it comes to the dress of the week with a few more dresses thrown in because, well, any excuse!
I love a bit of faux fur and I also adore this new find in the blogosphere, weddings and history *girlish squeal* so this weeks dress of the week pleases me muchos!
Back view –
Just stunning! imagine getting married in that? DING DONG!
We are going with a medieval theme today, so enjoy!
I love the colours in this dress, soooo pretty <3
You don’t have to be a high born noble lady to rock the medieval style, loving this middling style outfit –
Love the authentic head piece in this picture, I used to dream about having a princess hat when I was younger!
His and hers –
If there is a time period that you want me to research and share with you, please let me know. Also keep sending me things, I really appreciate it. I don’t find it creepy at all, haha. I have a twitter and facebook page, so feel free to add me. My pinterest has more regular history porn if you need a more frequent hit.
Speak soon my lovelies!
Love, love BP XX
Alright Mate?! Ouw at?
For context I am feeling a bit home sick for the “North” ( according to everyone in London, North of Watford is technically the North) and I wanted to greet you in my peoples most traditional way. Ok, that is a lie. If I was to great you in the traditional “Stokie” way it would be “aye up duck?!”. Before you ask, yes, I do say the stokie “ook” and pronounce it- “book, look and cook” instead of the wrong, and oh so incorrect way of saying “book” as “buck”, “look” as “luck” and “cook” as “cuck”. Basically people, you all disgust me with your “new English” ways...I joke, I joke! But there is truth in the fact that the potteries dialect is the closest to old English we have. So who is saying English wrong now huh?
I also call everyone “shug” ( down south I tend to say “lovely” more, as they get confused by “shug” ) and it was my nick name when I was living in Shrewsbury, so when I saw this article I was white hot angry. Shug is rude? Shug is cheap!?
Shug is beautiful. Shug is endearing,unlike you mr “sad inside”, “mr “Elcuntaro”, mr “just go fook youself” …you get the point anyway!
Shug is me. Break me in half and like a stick of Brighton rock I say two things, “Natalie Dormer” and “shug”. So to insult my people saying shug, is to insult me. And I am much more terrifying when I am righteously defending my people than I ever am defending myself, and as anyone who knows me will tell you, that is a well scary event. lol
So what about you BBz, do you have pride in your accent and back ground or is it a something that you don’t define yourself by?
Have great weekends my shug- a- lumps <3
Love Bp XX