The Countess di Castiglione caused a scandal by appearing at a 1857 costume ball at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as The Queen of Hearts, a thinly veiled allusion to the fact the she was currently the mistress of the emperor, Napoleon III.
She was photographed in the costume by Pierre-Louis Pierson several years later, between 1861 and 1863, apparently wishing to preserve the scandal for posterity.
I have so much work to do.
I have a stupid art zine to plan out ( Here are our instructions: No text, anything we want, 100% hand drawn. Normally I would enjoy the freedom but my poor brain keeps drawing a total blank on ideas. Help? *whimpers*). I have toiles to recut, bodices to maim, research to do, and I just don’t want to do anything other than cuddle up and do nothing.
Also, this whole daylight savings time thing is really depressing. I mean come on Scientist people this is London!!!!! It’s bad enough already that when the sun comes out people look at this giant thing in the sky and go “Ohhhhh light!!!” *grabby hands*
It got dark at 4:30. FOUR THIRTY!!!! How am I supposed to get work done when my body is saying “Oh Night time = Birds nest!!!!”
My what lovely fans! Shall I share a secret with you?
The Met owns the first.
The second is currently sitting on my desk. Letter and everything.
ca. 1820–40. This officially marks the second oldest piece of history I own.
I’m not sure about you but I’ve always found the extra’s costumes to be vaguely amusing. Look at the full court gown we have going on in the first photo. Interesting for end of the 18th century and walking outside, amiright?
But because it’s Colleen Atwood I forgive her fully for not sticking to the period because, seriously who cares? The
unholy trinity of Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, and Collen Atwood can do no wrong.