Lady’s mule slippers with long, narrow Continental toe, early 18th century
Lady’s shoes, Swedish, c. 1700
Sofia Magdalena’s coronation shoes, 1771
Queen Desideria’s coronation shoes, 1829
Queen Lovisa Ulrika’s coronation shoes, 1751
Queen Victoria’s white silk atlas wedding shoes, 1881
Queen Desideria’s silk shoe, including a silk bow decorated with 31 gold-colored spangles
Mrs. Cappelen’s shoes, covered in white silk, from Paris c. 1850
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‘In fact, some have described shoes as “candy for the eye, a poetry of the feet” ‘.
#5913 - c. 1986 JUNE ANDERSON Stage Worn Opera Gown and Original Massive Slip! This EXTRAORDINARY, SUMPTUOUS gown arrived to me from the owner and WOWed me! And as you can see from my website, it takes a lot to WOW me!!! The gown weighs an astonishing 9 pounds and the half slip under weighs ANOTHER 9 pounds!!! I have no idea how they moved in these gowns, but they did! I have photos (don’t come with the gown, just up on the website) of the original sketches by Michael Stennett (thank you Michael!!). The gown is in a wearable size of 35” bust, 27” waist and 41” long from waist to hem in front, 70” long in back. Excellent condition!! This gown was designed by Mr. Stennett for Susan Patterson and created by the San Francisco Opera Company, and then worn by June Anderson the following year for the same production. June Anderson’s name is inside the gown, and Susan Patterson’s name is inside the slip. Huge gold bullion tassels hang down the front, metallic embroidered fabrics…. just a masterpiece! Breathtaking! NEW LISTING!
Belle Epoch Gown: “one piece cream silk chiffon w/ pale printed & flocked rose blossom clusters in soft colors, CF net panel covered w/ irridescent sequins & metallic copper coils in floral motifs, embroidered net lace insets on bodice & at hem, chiffon lining, fair. BROOKLYN MUSEUM”
“The most intriguing duel fought between women, and the sole one that featured exposed breasts, took place in August 1892 in Verduz, the capitol of Liechtenstein, between Princess Pauline Metternich and the Countess Kielmannsegg. It has gone down in history as the first “emancipated duel” because all parties involved, including the principals and their seconds were female… Before the proceedings began, the baroness pointed out that many insignificant injuries in duels often became septic due to strips of clothing being driven into the wound by the point of a sword. To counter this danger she prudently suggested that both parties should fight stripped of any garments above the waist. Certainly, Baroness Lubinska was ahead of her time, taking an even more radical take on the (at the time) widely dismissed theories of British surgeon Joseph Lister, who in 1870 revolutionized surgical procedures with the introduction of antiseptic.
With the precautions Baroness Lubinska recommended, the topless women duelists were less likely to suffer from an infection; indeed, it was a smart idea to fight semiclad. Given the practicality of the baroness’ suggestion and the “emancipated” nature of the duel, it was agreed that the women would disrobe—after all, there would be no men present to ogle them. For the women, the decision to unbutton the tops of their dresses was not sexual; it was simply a way of preventing a duel of first blood from becoming a duel to the death.
It is humorous that most recounts of this historic event fail to mention two important things: the winner of the duel (Princess Metternich) and the reason why the women came to arms in the first place—they disagreed over the floral arrangements for an upcoming musical exhibition.”
The first rule of topless victorian ladies swordfighting club is that topless victorian ladies swordfighting club is not to be mentioned in mixed company.
The second rule is naught but an emphatic repeating of the first.
I’M TELLING YOU PINK IS HIDEOUS!
/WHIPS OUT SWORD.
TAKE OFF YOUR SHIRT. WE’RE SETTLING THIS WITH A DUEL.
Seriously some of the comments on this thread are epic.