Victorian Women as Michigan’s Lighthouse Keepers

By | May 16th, 2017|Civil War, Edwardian Era, Victorian Era|

Accidental research can lead to unexpected places. We know you love history and the clothing women wore during the last two hundred years or so. Inspired by a photo of our models at the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, the curiosity light bulb lit up with the question “how many women served as lighthouse keepers during [...]

The Rookery – Chicago’s Shiny Gem

By | March 25th, 2017|Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

The Rookery is one of the most historically significant buildings in Chicago. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1972. This architectural masterpiece was designed by Burnham and Root. It was completed in 1888, during the building boom following the Great Chicago Fire. [...]

Inez Milholland (Boissevain) – Champion of Suffrage

By | March 22nd, 2017|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized|

Inez Milholland was born on August 6, 1886, and died less than four months following her 30th birthday.  Her life was short but she packed a lot of living into it. Although she didn't live to see her native New York approve suffrage in 1917 or ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, [...]

The Colors of Women’s Suffrage

By | March 20th, 2017|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized|

Throughout history, color has been a way to provide instant visual recognition. The colors associated with women’s suffrage represented the many sides of the cause. The British women's suffrage colors were purple, white, and green. Purple, white, and gold were the colors of the American suffrage movement. So, why these colors and why the difference [...]

Women’s Suffrage – the Edwardian Experience

By | March 17th, 2017|Edwardian Era, Uncategorized|

10 Suffrage Celebrations 2017 The Edwardian era officially lasted from 1901-1910, encompassing the rule of British King Edward VII. The blurry line that melds one era into another reaches back into the last decade of the 1800s and moves forward perhaps, until the end of World War 1. There is much to explore about this [...]

Madam C.J. Walker – entrepreneur, self-made-millionaire, philanthropist, activist

By | February 22nd, 2017|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Victorian Era|

We’re always looking for interesting stories about the women and fashions of the historic eras that inspire our designs. Today we look at a female entrepreneur and someone whose name lives on in hair care to this day, Oh, and she was among the first women in the United States to become a self-made millionaire! [...]

11 Interesting Facts about Annette Kellerman, Edwardian Swimming Star

By | January 26th, 2017|Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

1. She took up swimming to strengthen her legs. Annette Kellerman (sometimes spelled Kellermann) was born in Sydney, Australia, on 6 July 1886. Her legs were very weakened by rickets as a young child so she wore painful steel braces to help strengthen them. At age six, her parents enrolled in swimming classes to further [...]

Everyday People at the Dawn of Cinema

By | September 20th, 2016|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

Oh, what fun it is to sit down with a good period drama. Downton Abbey, Somewhere in Time, My Fair Lady, Hello Dolly, Anna Karenina, etc. all provide glimpses into what was worn during their respective time periods. But, what about contemporary cinema of the day? When film was a new medium, many contemporary movies [...]

Recollections Connection: Jennifer Adkins, Photographer

By | September 17th, 2016|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Steampunk, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

When Recollections needed a photographer a few years ago, Jennifer Adkins heeded the call. We sat down for a chat recently to find out more about her, her photography, and her Recollections connection. Us: How did you become Recollections' photographer? Jen: It was three years ago in November, Marianne had a (photo shoot) set up [...]

5 Movie Favorites that Span the Edwardian Era

By | September 13th, 2016|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized|

How do costumers do it? It has to be hard enough to design for a production that spans a short period of time let alone one that spans multiple eras. Here are a few favorite movies that show the evolution of fashion through the Edwardian era.  Other fashion eras are highlighted, too. It is fascinating to [...]