I’ll have to make this short(ish), I need some sleep (I got about 4 hours of sleep yesterday, thanks to constant 50-mph gusts. Fun.)
More on the whole Russian theme. It just so happens that I went down to run on the treadmill (ick – I despise them, but it was necessary, what with the 50 mph winds and all), as I was flipping through the channels I landed on the History channel which – lo and behold – was showing a special on the last czar (or tsar). It didn’t have much in the way of clothes, but it got me thinking and I’m quite glad that I’m not either (a) a Russian serf in the early 1900s or (b) a Russian royal in the early 1900s. Either way, you were screwed – starve or get shot & burned in acid.
I wouldn’t mind living here for 1/4 of the year, though… the Winter Palace, home to the Russian ruling family since Peter III, one of – if not the – most opulent and famous buildings in Russia.
Anyway. I’m having a little trouble coming up with good pictures of traditional Russian dresses and whatnot, let alone the Tsarina’s dresses (the ridiculously expensive ones). I really want/need to dig around and find more on Russian culture, dress, etc… don’t mind me if I’m sounding like a history nerd, but I think it’s cool. 😛
After that came on (was it revolution week or something?) an episode about the French Revolution, but that started to get a bit too guillotine-y for me… plus, I needed to shower. At any rate I started thinking about Marie Antoinette, too. But I’ll save her for another day, another post.
One more related thing: I’m going to start researching other traditional outfits – you know, the Victorian Era and all that, Greece, France, Russia… basically, Europe. Plus some Asia (middle east, Japan, India)…. I have a lot to do.
Next on my list: top hats/Golden Age of Hollywood. We watched Holiday Inn – one of my favorite movies – and, of course, I started thinking about the 1930s and 1940s, and the GAoH. And Fred Astaire’s top hat.
I want one. These are a bit too costumey for me – but I still love them. And I’d still wear them. (But at $110, they’re a bit out of my price range at the moment.)
And I still love hers…
If you look at what Hollywood used to be – really talented people who could do what they did best and still dress amazingly (not trashy like we see a lot of today)… *sigh*. The gowns, the gloves, the tuxes… and I can’t complain about the movies. Not at all.
(Oh, look! Tulle!) Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers
On that n ote – hats – I’m still in the market for a pillbox hat, preferably dark brown, 4-5 inches tall, 21 1/2 -22 inches tall. 🙂
…et notre look du jour:
Max Azria // Spring 2009