The unlife and times of a elitist aesthetist
Hedy, 23, law student. I love history, fashion and hot dead guys.
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Europe, c. 1890
Silk velvet, gilt plate & leather
Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection
→ Poppea’s Villa, Oplontis/Torre Annunziata, Italy
The so-called Villa Poppaea is an ancient Roman seaside villa (villa maritima) situated between Naples and Sorrento, in southern Italy. It is also referred to as the Villa Oplontis, or more precisely as Villa A by modern archaeologists. The villa itself is a large structure situated in the ancient Roman town of Oplontis (the modern Torre Annunziata), about ten meters below the modern ground level. Evidence suggests that it was owned by the Emperor Nero, and believed to have been used by his second and rather notorious wife, Poppaea Sabina, as her main residence when she was not in Rome. [x]
Chaos (The Creation) - Ivan Aivazovsky
Tughra (Official Signature) of Sultan Suleiman. Istanbul, Turkey. c. 1555-1560. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper.
…Near the village of Braachaat, outside Antwerp, Belgium. The last photo shows a grotto-like cave under the mansion that may have been used as a bar in the past.
Christine Nilsson, ladies and gentlemen!
Yes, this is Leroux’s inspiration for Christine Daaé, in a 19th century equivalent of a deodorant commercial. For celebrities, some things never change!
Reblogging this because everyone needs a little Kristina Nilsson on their dash!
*tries intensly not to type “your female smell”*
Victorian advertisements are the absolute best. “This lady will hereafter use the Canfield Dress Shield.” Poor, stinky Christine.
Top 15 Dress Countdown for Audrey Hepburn by ihideinmymusic
#5. Fit and Flare Dress Worn in Love in the Afternoon, 1957
Audrey is super stylish in Love in the Afternoon but this dress stands out to me due to its superior shape, fit, and quality. The dress has a square neckline in the front as well as the back, three-quarter sleeves, an ultra fitted waist, an A-line skirt, and a hemline which hits mid-calf. I adore the rectangular bow at the top of the neckline for a demure and subtle detail. This dress is highly feminine, sophisticated, and flirty. I assume it to be made of a substantial black silk material to account for its wonderful shimmer and structure. The pleats in the skirt are divine—they’re so crisp and sharp and provide a beautiful amount of volume to play up the waist. They’re easily one of the best features of this dress. I am a big fan of dresses—and clothes in general—which define the waist and flatter or create curves and I can’t help but marvel at how exquisite Audrey’s looks in this dress. I can see myself personally wearing it all the time because its shape and perfect features do all the talking. Plus, I can tell its construction is of the highest quality. It’s timeless and I want it for my own.
1. corset, 1750-75, from Metropolitan Museum of Art | Portrait of Grand Duchess Maria Fiodorovna by Alexander Roslin, 1777
3. corset, 1810-50, from Metropolitan Museum of Art | Portrait of Charlotte and Elizabeth Sullivan, daughters of Sir Richard Sullivanby Reinagle Ramsay Richard, 1810
5. corset, by Maison Léoty, 1891, from Metropolitan Museum of Art | A Bar at the Folies-Bergere by Edouard Manet, 1882
Please don’t remove the credits.
Vintage 1950s Butterscotch Silk Taffeta Velvet Formal Cocktail Bubble Dress
1870s wedding gown from the Antiques Roadshow in Albuquerque, AZ. It’s so interesting to see the height comparisons between all three of them.
Autochrome of Sarah Levine by Andre Hachette, 1907.