Posts tagged history
Ships & Bridges. View from the dog run. #nyc #brooklynbridge #southstreet #manhattan #history (Taken with Instagram at East River Esplanade South Dog Run)
The appliquéd and cutout stylized flowers—either peonies or plum blossoms—are drawn in an Art Nouveau style, which was prevalent from 1890 to 1914. The dramatic sleeve silhouette along with the great amount of ruching and hand pin tucking throughout the bodice and skirt make this a very expensive garment, perhaps part of a trousseau.
The period from 1900 until the outbreak of World War I in 1914 was an era of beautiful, extravagant, and ultra-feminine clothes. The high-collared bodice and the soft, draping trained skirt were worn over an S-shaped corset. The corset pushed the bust forward and the hips backward, creating an S-curve in the silhouette of the body.
Today being the anniversary of the following:
“June 30, 1922. Washington policeman Bill Norton measuring the distance between knee and suit at the Tidal Basin bathing beach after Col. Sherrill, Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds, issued an order that suits not be over six inches above the knee.”(via)
Favorite ladies from history ⇨ Elizabeth Siddal
Claim to fame: Pre-Raphaelite supermodel and wife of Rossetti
Why she’s on the list: While I’d always known of Lizzie, I didn’t really bother reading up on her until my freshman year of college. I was taking an art history course when I stumbled across Lizzie’s self-portrait in one of my textbooks, and I just remember being completely struck by it. I was so used to seeing her as this idealized image of feminine beauty, the very model of Ophelia and Beatrice, and the contrast between the way Millais and Rossetti viewed her and the way she viewed herself began to haunt me. I decided to read everything about her that I could get my hands on, but I soon found that the more I read, the more I liked her. I think she was a truly extraordinary woman who had a lot of talent and potential in her own right, and it kills me that her depression prevented her from seeing how special she really was.
Appearance: Long neck, blue-green eyes, coppery golden hair
Personality traits: Sweet and gentle, as well as a great admirer of art and poetry
Required reading: Pre-Raphaelites in Love by Gay Daly
Notable quotable: ”All changes pass me like a dream, I neither sing nor pray; and thou art like the poisonous tree that stole my life away.”
I love how so many people have the same reaction to the self-portrait. :-)
Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a peace treaty. Dating from 1527 (so not really medieval, but forgive me). Here is the item’s description from the National Archives record on Flickr:
Description: A treaty of perpetual peace between England and France signed between Francis I and Henry VIII. This is the French ratification of the treaty, signed at Amiens. The strands at the bottom were attached to Francis’ unusual gold seal. The peace lasted fewer than twenty years. The portrait in the top left is of Francis himself.
Date: 18 August 1527
Our Catalogue Reference: E 30/1109
The times they have a-changed (see Tsar Nicholas & Co above). And thank goodness for that!
A photo of Los Angeles’ first love in, which took place in Elysian Park on Easter in 1967 (March 26, 1967). There’s great footage of this moment in the documentary “God Respects Us When We Work, But Loves Us When We Dance.”