One scholar will have you know that contrary to received wisdom, Charlotte Brontë almost certainly did NOT underdress for a dinner party thrown by her hero, William Thackeray.
A legend is with us no more: Margaret Vinci Heldt, creator of the beehive, has died at age 98.
If you’ve ever looked at one of those outrageous bustled skirts from the late 1880s and wondered how in the hell any of these women managed to sit down, it’s your lucky day.
More than anything else, late eighteenth century European fashion is famous for ludicrous wigs. Sky-high, powdered, stuffed with ribbons and flowers and whatever trendy, topical confection they could shove in there. And now you can create your own!
Clothing in nineteenth-century Europe and America was so thoroughly dangerous, it’s amazing anyone survived.