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These are mules from about 1917, they are the newest addition to my private collection. They are brocade with a silk satin interior, I believe that the uppers have a paper interlining. The sole is padded, and the bottoms are leather. The bottoms of the heels are screwed on instead of nailed, which brings me to the patent. The bottom of the shoes are stamped with “Patent Oct, 23 1917”. I think the patent refers to the screws in the heels because I found a picture of an almost identical pair of mules from 1910-1915, the only difference being the brocade. I can’t imagine them past 1920, so I’m just going to stick with the 1917 date. All that aside they seem to be in fantastic condition. They don’t look like they’ve been worn at all, or maybe just once or twice. They’re very tiny as well. Enjoy!
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Cotton muslin day dress, V&A, c. 1869
That’s probably one of the hardest questions for me to answer! But I’d probably say the Regency period (1795-1825), the period of the American Civil War (1860s), and the 1950s.
loiseaurouge asked: What exactly do you study then? (And where, if I may ask.) Seems interesting. :)
I’m studying History of Art and Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. After I graduate, I’m hoping to go to NYU for a Masters in Visual Arts in a program that works directly with the Metropolitan Museum! Although I’m also very interested in Oxford’s MSt program in History of Art and Visual Culture.
egleriel-adonnenniel asked: Do you think you'd want to pursue a career in costume design or is this more of a hobby?
It’s mostly a hobby. I wouldn’t dislike being a costume designer in the least, but I’d actually prefer to work with the extant garments in a museum. In fact, that’s what I’m studying in school!
Marquise de Grécourt, née de la Fresnaye by Jean-Laurent Mosnier, ca. 1790
Fountain of Youth (details) by Cranach the Elder, c. 1546
Two versions of Christ Blessing the Children, the first by Cranach the Younger and the second by Cranach the Elder, both from the 1540s.