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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Authenticity and otherwise

When I started looking at getting myself an 18th century wardrobe I was all for authenticity.  My plan was to have a quasi 18th century dress I could wear while I was getting my outfit together.
But I have been questioning that for a little while now and have found some rather persuasive reasons for settling for 'something like'.
No. 1  I live in a warm climate so getting myself dressed up in multiple layers of clothing is something I could only contemplate for a few months a year in the midst of winter, if at all (Queensland isn't exactly known for cold winters).
No. 2  There aren't many places to wear 18th century garb around here.  So I'm likely to be sitting in the lounge room watching Poldark on video (with the airconditioning on).  Not that that is a bad thing.  But most persuasive of all...
No. 3  A recent health scare made me rethink my plans to squash my generous upper assets in a corset. Health first, last and always.
While wearing 'something like' may make me a target for those who like authenticity I am unlikely to run across many of them in my loungeroom while watching Ross Poldark smoulder at Elizabeth.
Yes it would be nice to be authentic but it's not everything.

IT'S SPRING!

Yes it's that time of year again. Lord I love spring. It's actually unseasonably hot here at the moment but I'm not complaining. It's heaven.
Apologies for my lack of posts lately.  Work and health sometimes conspire to leave me little time for much else and I needed to get into spring cleaning.  I've been going through cupboards and boxes and taking loads to the thrift shop again. There is still heaps to do but it's good to see some progress.
Accordingly I haven't done anything costume related or even 18th century related which is a little dismal.
I did however get to a vintage fashion fair  and a collectors market and found not one but two 50s dresses which fitted me (AMAZING). I just need to get belts for both.  My finds included:
  • three gorgeous vintage hats in orange, pink and cream
  •  a heap of amazing 20s millinary feathers (it was hard choosing between all the gorgeous things on offer)
  • a number  of lovely damask table cloths (see how I cleverly glossed over the actual number I came home with)  and
  • some empty pocket watch cases with which I plan to do something crafty.
You may in fact be wondering if I have brought as much stuff back into the house as I took out of it but on balance the house is emptier! Yay!