What Are Historical Broads Always Talking About in Fashion Plates?

Long before glossies and style bloggers there were fashion plates, which the rich woman of yore would take to her modiste (and the less-rich woman would try recreating at home). But have you ever noticed how the women in these illustrations of whatever was “in” for the season always look like they’re discussing… » 5/07/15 4:45pm 5/07/15 4:45pm

No, corsets did not destroy the health of Victorian women

In the annals of Victorian medical history, few foes receive as much bile as the corset, which physicians claimed contributed to miscarriages, cancer, and slow, crushing deaths. But while there are some health problems that can be linked to corsets, they aren't nearly the instruments of medical terror that they're… » 3/17/14 3:38pm 3/17/14 3:38pm

Burn Your Thongs; Pantalettes Are Where It's At

That synthetic g-string you're rocking all up in your business needs to be trashed and/or burned, because pantalettes are back with a vengeance. Well, according to one woman, but that's a TREND! The Victorian woman's underwear of choice (or maybe just their underwear, period) is apparently very comfortable, very… » 12/03/13 11:30am 12/03/13 11:30am

Victorian Family Portraits Were Actually Kind of Creepy

Seeing as the month of Halloween officially started two months ago at Spirit stores nationwide, we thought we'd show you something extremely creepy. Compiled by The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things, behold these 19th century photographs of carefully (?) hidden moms holding their children. Daguerreotype… » 10/01/12 5:40pm 10/01/12 5:40pm