Swan Lake today (skirt is from Marchen die Prinzessin, bag is from Heart E, headpiece is from Accessorize and the rest is from mysterious places such as etsy, the accessories section in closet child and Ali Express.) Offbrand ahoy!
Marie Antoinette and her children; a vintage print after a portrait by Wertmuller.
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Tudor Green Gown
Dress by Bill Gibb in Brides Magazine, September 1972
I love this waistcoat. English, circa 1760 this waistcoat shows off it’s quality through the highly detailed corded quilting. Cotton. At the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts.
Princess Mary, Daughter of Charles I by Anthony Van Dyck
Francis Sydney Muschamp, Scarborough Spa at night, 1879.
Art history meme (x) - 1/5 centuries or movements - XVII and XVIII century in metallics
“She lives for herself and refuses to associate with any of her sisters…She has a lot of talents and knows how to take advantage of the Empress’s weak spots. She commiserates with her, agrees with her, is with her at all hours and all the time, writes her notes constantly, and in this way she has won her over fully and does with her what she wishes, answering and often talking back to her, demanding a lot, and the Empress gives her what asks for so as not to agitate her, because then she shows her worst side and because she doesn’t want to lose her…She treats everyone with great haughtiness, and in the course of things, despite some occasional courtesies, she is hated and feared by everyone, because she has a sharp tongue and repeats everything to the Empress…”
The future Leopold II on his sister, Maria Christina
Watched L’Apollonide: Souvenirs de la Maison Clos last night.
Immediately on his arrival in France, Gluck was admitted to the Queen’s toilet, and she talked to him all the time he remained with her. She asked him one day whether he had nearly brought his grand opera of “Armide” to a conclusion, and whether it pleased him. Gluck replied very coolly, in his German accent, “Madame, it will soon be finished, and really it will be superb.” There was a great outcry against the confidence with which the composer had spoken of one of his own productions. The Queen defended him warmly; she insisted that he could not be ignorant of the merit of his works; that he well knew they were generally admired, and that no doubt he was afraid lest a modesty, merely dictated by politeness, should look like affectation in him.
—the memoirs of Madame Campan
Corset Pilgrimage (part 1): Symingtons, Sparklewren and InaGlo
Photos courtesy of the Symington Collection: Leicestershire County Council Museum Service. [view more]