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 [...]

Lucile – Dressmaker to Fashion Icon

By | February 26th, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Lucy Grows into Lucile Lucy Christiana Sutherland was born in London in 1841. Her mother moved back to Ontario, Canada, after the death of her father. The family moved to the Isle of Jersey when her mother remarried. Lucy married James Stuart Wallace in 1884 and gave birth to a daughter, Esme, in 1885. The [...]

Coco Chanel: a Simple Little Dressmaker

By | February 5th, 2016|Categories: 1920s fashion, Edwardian Fashion, Fashion, Uncategorized, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

By Donna Klein   Coco Chanel - setting trends   A contemporary of Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel is also credited with freeing women from corsets, and the unnatural silhouette of the Victorian era. She was way ahead of the curve when it came to setting fashion trends in the 1910s and 1920s.   Chanel came from [...]

Mary Seacole

By | January 15th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , |

by Donna Klein   The other day I was talking with a friend of mine who is a nurse and the subject of Florence Nightingale came up. I thought I would write a post about her, but as I was doing my research, I became fascinated by Mary Seacole. She truly embodied the pioneer spirit; she [...]

Evelyn Nesbit – Super Model, Sex-Goddess, and Bona-fide Celebrity

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

By Donna Klein   Long before Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, there was Evelyn Nesbit, who is considered to be America's first super model. But, how did she attain this status and that of sex-goddess?   Evelyn Nesbit's Meteoric Rise to Celebrity and Stardom   Her story begins in Philadelphia. She was discovered at the age [...]

The Most Extraordinary Story of Sister Blandina Segale – Pt. 2

By | November 20th, 2015|Categories: Civil War, Old West, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

What Made Sister Blandina Segale's Service in the Old West Extraordinary? Sister Blandina Segale wrote a memoir of her time in Colorado Territory, titled At the End of the Santa Fe Trail. Stories of her adventures while serving in the Old West have been featured in novels, television programs, histories, and even a comic book. The CBS [...]

The Most Extraordinary Story of Sister Blandina Segale – Pt. 1

By | November 19th, 2015|Categories: Civil War, Old West, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sister Blandina Segale, Servant of God Sister Blandina Segale has been in the news lately. Earlier this month, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe (New Mexico) closed its inquiry on why she should become a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. The file has been sent on to the Vatican for consideration. So, who was Sister [...]

Emmeline Pankhurst: Suffragette – Part 2

By | October 30th, 2015|Categories: Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

by Donna Klein continued from part 1 ... The Suffragette Gets Radical By 1903, the women’s suffrage movement saw a lot of talk but little action in Parliament. She left the ILP, and in October helped found the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), which was only open to women and focused on direct action [...]

Emmeline Pankhurst: Suffragette – Part 1

By | October 29th, 2015|Categories: Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Who was Emmeline Pankhurst? I recently saw a trailer for a new movie called "Suffragette," in which  Meryl Streep portrays Emmeline Pankhurst, a political activist who championed women’s rights in Britain during the late 19th and early 20th century. I decided to find out more about this historical figure and found Emmeline Pankhurst’s story to be [...]