That term always intrigued me when I saw it in auction listings. Who was the original owner? And if it's 18th century I'm hooked. 18th century, baroque, rococco, sacque dresses, powdered wigs, patches, gambling at the casinos, snuff boxes, the shoes, the manners, tricorn hats, just fascinate me.
More and more I also wander off into other periods right up to and including the 1960s. I'm kind of vintage obsessed really!
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Monday, April 4, 2011
Finds and ramblings
Yes yes, I know this isn't even remotely 18th century. I mean it's a collapsible top hat. But I've always been fascinated by them and there it was, at "The Way We Wear" sale, lying in wait for me.
It's actually a mite too small but I can perch it on my noggin and swagger about a bit and pretend I am off riding my lovely mare Dulcify whose alter ego is Lucifer. OK I just made up the bit about a horse but hey I'm channelling Auntie Mame! Getting hold of 18th century goodies is difficult and even reproductions, good ones, is a tad difficult. Especially the kinds of things I like. So in between I get my kicks from other periods and therefore my little dreams can get pretty anachronistic.
Therefore in this dream I have a lovely red riding habit, English of course, much like this one of Lady Worsley's.
And I will wear my very delapidated top hat with a few large fluffy ostrich feathers because I can!
Do any of you have a riding habit like this one? I must say it's very fetching. I particularly like the cut away in the front with the waistcoat showing.
And I love the costume Helen Mirren wore in the final scenes of the Madness of King George which is predominantly blue with a bit of red and white.