8 Delicious Tidbits About Halloween

By | August 21st, 2016|Categories: Accessories, Downton Abbey, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Holidays, Old West, Roaring 20s, Steampunk, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , , |

There still may be a bit of summer left on the calendar, but soon the leaves will be changing color and autumn will be in the air. When that happens, all of our thoughts will turn to... Halloween! Here are some interesting tidbits about one of our favorite holidays that I found at the History [...]

Edwardian Beauty – on Stage and in Film

By | August 14th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

As the 20th century unfolded and the Edwardian era began, fashion was changing and so was the image of the 'ideal woman.' There are many attractive women from the era who thoroughly represented the vision of Edwardian beauty. We've touched on the lives of Evelyn Nesbit and Lily Elsie, two of the most beautiful and [...]

Somewhere in Time – Still Inspiring Romance

By | August 12th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I don't know about you, but I have been enamored with the movie 'Somewhere in Time' since I first saw it. I was already a huge fan of Christopher Reeve (oh, that Superman!). His piercing blue eyes could melt almost every girl's heart! Jane Seymour, a relative unknown at the time, was so beautiful as [...]

The Tea Gown – Bridging Victorian and Edwardian Fashion

By | August 9th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , |

The Tea Gown - Not Just for Entertaining at Home The tea gown was born when dress reform returned to fashion considerations during the 1870s. Doctors were voicing concern over the health effects of wearing a corset and women were ready to 'take a breather' for at least part of the day from the tightly [...]

Murdoch Mysteries (The Artful Detective) – Building Steam(punk) to Season 10

By | June 21st, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Steampunk, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Murdoch Mysteries or The Artful Detective? Murdoch Mysteries started production on its 10th season last month. If you aren't familiar with this gem which is known as The Artful Detective in the United States (Ovation TV), take a little time some rainy day this summer to catch up on past episodes. You won't be disappointed! [...]

The Tea Ladies, Inc.

By | June 14th, 2016|Categories: Destinations, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Tea Ladies: Victorian and Edwardian History Events The Victorian Tea Ladies is a dedicated group of volunteers who offer a variety of programs related to the Victorian and Edwardian eras. They have been doing this for 13 years! Some programs take place in Bloomington, Illinois. They also have a traveling program where they will [...]

The Edwardian Fashions of My Fair Lady – Eliza’s Closet

By | May 24th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

by Donna Klein A Glimpse into Eliza's Closet There is nothing quite like the Edwardian fashions of My Fair Lady. Whether you look at the original Broadway production from 1964 starring Julie Andrews as Eliza Doolittle or one of the revivals, or you get lost in the 1964 movie starring Audrey Hepburn, you can't help [...]

Royal Ascot – Height of the English Social Season

By | May 21st, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Popular Fixture in the English Social Calendar It's no accident that Ascot racecourse is located near Windsor Castle. A flat expanse of heathland near the castle in the town of Ascot was suggested by Queen Anne after coming upon it one day while out for a ride. The first race took place on August 11, [...]

My Fair Lady – THE Edwardian Musical – pt. 2

By | May 17th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Donna Klein The Musical Beauty of My Fair Lady Being a part of the cast and crew of this musical has been a been a fun and educational experience, but the most fun is dressing the part. Whether we're flower girls, opera or Ascot patrons, servants, ball attendees, or Alfred P. Doolittle's cronies, we're [...]

Lily Elsie – Epitome of Edwardian Beauty Part 2

By | May 10th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Donna Klein Part 1 Post-Edwardian Aftermath Lily's shyness and lack of confidence were so pronounced that she suffered from paralyzing stage fright. Although she had a string of hits following the run of The Merry Widow, she often missed performances because she was unable to overcome her fears. She became known as 'a part-time [...]