Oh! Those Roaring 20’s!

By | May 28th, 2012|Categories: 1920s fashion, Accessories, Downton Abbey, Roaring 20s|Tags: , , , , |

Oh! Those Roaring 20’s! The older generation must have been convinced that the world was rushing down the road to perdition, as their daughters took full advantage of newfound freedoms. This was the age of jazz, women’s liberation, and a sudden loosening – indeed smashing - of the rules of society that were iron-clad only [...]

Those Fabulous Gloves!

By | April 27th, 2011|Categories: Accessories|Tags: , , , , |

My love affair with gloves began shortly after my husband and I joined a re-enactment group who dressed in 1800’s period attire. While looking for ideas for clothing I came across a picture of an outfit that stopped me in my tracks. What was so stunning? Her gloves! This lady’s gloves were the richest shade [...]

Victorian and Edwardian Hats

By | April 6th, 2011|Categories: Hats|Tags: , , |

Just as most of us will not venture forth from our houses without makeup and earrings on, just so no self-respecting Victorian lady would leave home without a hat. For the purposes of this discussion, we divide the Victorian period into three parts; early (1844-1855), mid (1858-1870) and late 1872-1897 Victorian. Because we are [...]

Hatpins

By | April 6th, 2011|Categories: Hats|Tags: , , , |

Hatpins! There are few accessories a lady wears that are even more fun than they are functional. Although they enjoyed their greatest popularity between the 1880’s and 1920’s, hatpins are very collectable even today because they are often fabulous, and fanciful. For those who dress in period attire, they are also an indispensable method for [...]