Sarah Josepha Hale – 19th Century Influencer Part 1

By | November 5th, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , |

Becoming Sarah Josepha Hale I was researching Godey's Lady's Book for a blog post and found Sarah Josepha Hale who was a large part of the success of this 19th-century publication. She also advocated for girls' education reform (although she was not a suffragist) and the establishment of Thanksgiving as a national holiday through her [...]

Recollections Connection: Liesa Joslin, Fashion Model

By | November 1st, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , |

Today we are making a connection Liesa Kelley Joslin, a fashion model for Recollections. Q. How long have you been a model for Recollections? A. Honestly, I'm not even sure because I've been doing it so long!  I would say at least 6-7 years?! Possibly more! Q. Is Recollections the only company you’ve modeled for? [...]

Everyday People at the Dawn of Cinema

By | September 20th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Steampunk, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , |

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|Categories: Edwardian Era, Entertainment, Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Fashion Evolution: Regency Period

By | September 10th, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , |

Regency Fashion Flashback Gift of Miss Irene Lewisohn, 1937; Metropolitan Museum of Art Although King George III's son didn't become Prince Regent until 1811, the Regency Period in fashion is generally regarded as the years 1795 through 1820-ish. Fashion in 1795 was influenced by the aftermath of the French Revolution when people wanted [...]

La Belle Époque – the Beautiful Era

By | September 6th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , |

La Belle Époque comes from French and means 'Beautiful Era.' In the United Kingdom and the United States, it overlaps the late Victorian and the Edwardian Era. In the United States, it is known as the Gilded Age. It was only in looking back in retrospect that this time period gained its name. The hardships [...]

Presque Isle County, Michigan: a Photographic Step Back in Time

By | September 3rd, 2016|Categories: Destinations, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What a joy it is to live, work, and play in our little slice of northern Michigan. Presque Isle County is a four-season wonderland. Yes, it gets very cold and snowy during winter, but that makes summer all the more glorious! As we close out the summer of 2016 , we'd like to share a little [...]

Dressing During the Victorian Era

By | August 30th, 2016|Categories: Accessories, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Dressing was no easy feat for the Victorian woman. One simply didn't jump out of bed and expect to be dressed for the day in five minutes! A lot of work went into getting all those layers just right. Here's a glimpse into what women went through on a daily basis from about mid-19th century [...]