Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Details in Miniature

When I'm researching clothing and uniforms from the Empire/Regency period I always refer to portrait miniatures of the epoch for details. They are are wealth of information from hairstyles, jewellery to dress details. There are plenty of images available online. These ones were sold on eBay.
No copyright infringement intented. Images for inspiration and research only.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Fun at The Chap Olympiad

Since I started working with costume I have collected many pieces of original clothing for study. Last weekend I decided to wear one of my original 1920s dresses to attend the Chap Olympiad in London. It was a fun day with many interesting outfits worn from 1900-1960s. Some people were wearing original clothes and accessories others, modern dresses with a retro feel. Bedford Square came alive with a great ambience. The games were fun to watch and it was nice to meet so many interesting people. I'm definitely going next year if I can.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Be cool......wear a veil!

I've just returned from an enjoyable event in Rustigazzo, Italy. Often I wonder how women of the epoch coped with travelling in hot climates without getting burnt and keeping cool. Of-course I had the advantage of getting refreshments and wearing sun tan lotion but wearing a veil with your hat makes sense. Combined with a parasol, long gloves and a good fichu or chemisette you can get a lot of protection from the sun.
I've found many good 19th century veils on ebay and antique markets for under £20!!

Friday, 2 July 2010

Florence 1810

Due to my work in Milan I have not had time to report on the lovely Jane Austen Society of Florence weekend. In one word it was 'fantastic'. My friends and I decided to take a holiday either side of the event. I thought the city of Florence itself was wonderful. The people were friendly and the atmosphere was amazing. We stayed near to the Pitti Palace in a historic palazzo. The event itself was lovely. Saturday night there was the Grand Ball in the Poggi Palace and Sunday was a relaxed day at a country villa with an evening party. I was also lucky enough to be able to try on an authentic Empire parure in one of the antique jewellery shops on the Ponte Vecchio. It was a very special moment!! I also visited the Santa Maria Novella shop where they sell natural perfumes, creams, herbs and other beauty products. What an amazing place!!