Lady Clementina Hawarden – Fashion’s First Photographer?

By | October 11th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

Clementina Elphinstone Fleeming was born on June 1, 1822, at Cumbernauld House, located near Glasgow, Scotland. Her father was the Honorable Admiral Charles Elphinstone Fleeming who served in the Venezuelan and Colombian wars of liberation from 1811 through 1825. Her mother, Catalina Paulina Alessandro of Cadiz, an exotic beauty, was 26 years his junior. Clementina [...]

Julia Margaret Cameron – Groundbreaking Photographer

By | October 8th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

You never know what you are going to find when doing research for a Recollections blog post! While learning more about the Victorian pastime of tableau vivant, or posing for vignettes, the name of Julia Margaret Cameron came up. She was a very interesting woman who came to photography after her children were grown. She [...]

15 Facts about Ka’iulani; Hawaii’s Last Crown Princess

By | August 6th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , |

A chance happening brought the story of Princess Ka'iulani, a strong, intelligent young woman into my life. Here are a few bits of biography for your enjoyment. The Final Heir to the Hawaiian Throne Her first name was Victoria (after Queen Victoria). She was born on October 16, 1875. Her full name was Princess Victoria [...]

Clara Bow – Defining Roaring 20s Style

By | August 2nd, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Roaring 20s, Uncategorized, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Clara Bow came into my life when I was a teen. My parents had a coffee table book about actors of the first half of the 20th century. It had a provocative cover featuring many stars of early Hollywood. Some I recognized from the old movies shown on television on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, but [...]

Josephine Newcomb – Bringing Women Out of Victorian Parlors

By | July 16th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Josephine Newcomb, Forward-thinking Philanthropist Josephine Louise Lo Monnier was born on Halloween, 1816, in Baltimore, Maryland. Her father was a wealthy businessman and she was educated mostly in France. However, the family's fortune declined after the death of her mother in 1831. She ended up living in New Orleans where her older sister settled after [...]

How the Bicycle Brought Freedom to 19th Century Women

By | June 7th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Freedom Machine When the bicycle gained popularity during the late 1800s, women were still tangled up in the fashion of the day, making enjoyment of this new mode of transportation prohibitive. The push toward dress reform, also known as the rational dress movement, had been around since the mid-19th century. Once the bicycle became [...]

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 [...]

Lily Elsie – Epitome of Edwardian Beauty Part 1

By | May 7th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

by Donna Klein Little Elsie - talent and beauty Lily Elsie came into this world as Elsie Hodder on April 8, 1886. Her mother was Charlotte Elizabeth Hodder, a dressmaker who operated a lodging house in Armley. Leeds, Yorkshire. Less is known about her father, although the obituary of Arthur Borrows, a one-time opera tenor, [...]

Rose Bertin; French Minister of Fashion

By | March 4th, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

French Minister of Fashion While Charles Worth is considered the 'Father of Couture,' it all started with Rose Bertin, the French 'Minister of Fashion.' This was a name given to her by her detractors, but that is because she was a woman and she was powerful. She was ambitious and fashion was her ticket out [...]