What Lies Beneath

Victorians firmly believed in the importance of wearing the appropriate clothing for every occasion. So how did Victorian women create their famous silhouette? With no fewer than seven undergarments! Victorian women wore an extraordinary amount of underwear: first came the chemise and drawers, followed by a corset, under-petticoat, crinoline or hoop skirt, over-petticoat, and bustle.... Continue Reading →

Hatpin History: Pretty Pointy

Hats have long served as dual-purpose accessories: both fashionable and functional. But come to find out, hatpins have a colorful history all their own. Few would regard such ornamental accoutrements that pierced lavish bonnets as a liability. But scouring through past events, it was obvious that Gibson Girls everywhere were armed and dangerous. I recall... Continue Reading →

Shade on a Stick

The lace canopy that shields from torrents and sunbeams possesses a history that spans the centuries back to the East Indies 5000 years past. But the French popularized the hand-held accessory during the reign of King Louis XIV when couturiers would fabricate lavishly trimmed parasols to match splendid gowns. England caught a glimpse of this... Continue Reading →

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