4 months ago I blogged about an American Civil War mourning costume I created for a project ( please find the original post here and here ). It is my pleasure (and utter happiness) to share the news with you that the same costume has been featured in a film!
Unfortunately the movie still has a working title but I can confirm that it was shot near Greenwich University and is set in the 1860s. It is so thrilling to be able to see what my costume look like from the other side of the camera lens. The trim was the perfect touch and frames the actress’ face in a very pleasing way.
To celebrate this momentous occasion I am going to share with you my top ten favorite mourning costumes as well as some interesting objects I found while working on the new exhibition, Mourning Memphis for The Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum.
In contrast with the extravagant designs normally associated with Maison Worth, the pristine silhouette and tender proportions of this gown demonstrate the restraint of which the house was equally capable. The sculptural clarity of this gown’s lines provides a textbook example for anyone interested in emulating its design.
If Robin Hood was a Victorian woman you know this would be in her closet. The fringing reminds me of the Green Curtain dress from Gone With the Wind.
In all seriousness the piping on the scalloped edge is a thing of glory
Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum
Once the gentleman has been manipulated into position, the lady may proceed with her intended mission. But whether the objective is to steal some secret prototype off his personage, or place a wooden hair stick through his heart, be certain it is done without wrinkling your dress.
This is very important.
if you aren’t reading gail carriger’s finishing school series, there is SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN MY WHOLE LIFE?
Snark alert, sorry in advance but the historian in me just can’t it.
For the last time, The European Civil War, The English Civil War and The American Civil War are all DIFFERENT events in history relating to DIFFERENT countries and they all have vastly DIFFERENT outcomes.
I assure you we did not chop off Lincoln’s head, he was assassinated (depending which side of the English CW you support you could technically say that Charles I was assassinated *but* his execution was planned and he knew about it ahead
haha get it *a-head* of time. It also happened in 1649 and quite a few thing occurred before Lincoln’s death in 1865. Just sayin).
While on the subject of history for future reference, the Second French Empire does not equal the American Civil War. Yes, the SFE may have coincided with the ACW in relation to time but just keep in mind that there are two key words that separate these periods. It’s very easy to remember, the first being French, the second being American.
Edit: European CW was the term my European His. professor used to sum up all the conflicts in Europe and I’ve adopted it due to the fact that it was debated so frequently in class. At the end of my year it was still up in the air as to whether or not the term European Civil War was acceptable in historical debates. As this is primarily a historic blog based on fashion I don’t really want to get into that type of debate. I just wanted to highlight the fact that (even though 99.9% of us know the difference) the English and American Civil Wars are different time periods.