11 Interesting Facts about Annette Kellerman, Edwardian Swimming Star

By | January 26th, 2017|Categories: Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , |

1. She took up swimming to strengthen her legs. Annette Kellerman (sometimes spelled Kellermann) was born in Sydney, Australia, on 6 July 1886. Her legs were very weakened by rickets as a young child so she wore painful steel braces to help strengthen them. At age six, her parents enrolled in swimming classes to further [...]

Jane Peterson, American Impressionist

By | January 14th, 2017|Categories: Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

Jane Peterson was a centennial baby. She was born on November 28, 1876, in Elgin, Illinois. Her parents were an Elgin Watch Company employee and a homemaker. They named her Jennie Christine. Little did they know that their baby would grow up to be considered one of the most prolific and brilliant impressionist painters of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

My Fair Lady – THE Edwardian Musical – pt. 1

By | May 14th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Donna Klein   Celebrate 60 Years of the Musical, My Fair Lady   This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Broadway debut of My Fair Lady, Lerner and Loewe's Tony Award-winning musical. This blog and the one following talks about My Fair Lady and what its like to be in the cast as preparations [...]