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Costumes left to right:
James D’Arcy as Edward
Andrea Riseborough as Wallis Simpson
Costumes by Arianne Phillips
I finally finished sewing the bottom half (the woooorst half) of the binding on my stays! Almost there!
(Although unfortunately, some of my bones are slightly too long and the scissors I have at school with me won’t cut them at all. What a predicament!)
Papier-mache Halloween costumes for children or teens, 1919 US, Ladies’ Home Journal
(Left to right) “Showing the Ruddy Apple”, “Brilliant Wheatfield”, “Autumnal Beauty of the Cosmos”.
I’m not sure what this is a reference to, but I’m guessing maybe the Three Graces? Could they be Aglaia (wheatfield), Thalia (flowers) and Euphrosyne (apples)?
An 1887 fancy dress costume from La Mode Illustrée.
A court jester fancy dress costume made by Madame Elise circa 1890.
Charles Worth Fancy Dress
I can’t tell what this is supposed to be. Late 1600’s/early 1700’s? An actual old woman trapped in the body of a 28 year old? The opposite of that? Was there cannibalism involved? At any rate it’s Worth.
House of Lanvin (Alex Ceslas Rzewuski)| Fancy Dress Costume for Ganna Walska as Pauline Borghese
A very cute “New Year’s” costume from Nouveaux Travestissements Parisiens, an 1873 book of fancy dress costumes by Parisian caricaturist Alfred Grévin.
You can read the whole volume right here online! This has been a favourite link of mine for years.. and just tonight, I recognized the punched out Univ of California on the front page - it’s located in my school’s library database! I’m planning on going to see this precious volume in person very soon :)
A rather wonderful, can-can-esque fancy dress costume from the March 1835 edition of The Beau Monde.