Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mary, Mary




I found this photo online, and fell in love with it. It is of Mary Lees Davis, and was taken in 1876, when she was 16. She wasn't particularly famous, but was born into some privilege, as she was sent to boarding school, had French lessons and music lessons, as was typical for girls of some means in that day.

I love her clothing. This photo was taken at Stourbridge, her boarding school. Her hair was what grabbed my attention, as she wears her hair long and fairly straight, which isn't seen often in photos of this era. She almost looks like she has a Bump-It in. Usually hair of this era is seen pulled back into a bun. If it was worn down, it was usually in ringlets -- can you imagine creating those curls with a curling iron heated over the stove? (Remember Meg's burnt hair in Little Women? It was published in the late 1860s, but there are still commonalities with the 1870s.) The drama it would create in a teenaged girl is unfathomable. I wonder if this is all her hair, as extensions were common in the 1870s. (Again, remember Jo selling her hair in Little Women?)

The draped apron-type front was fairly standard for daywear of this time, as was the ruffled flounce seen near the bottom of the skirt. 1876 was fairly late for bustles -- they were pretty much gone by then -- but it almost looks like there is a small bustle in the back of the skirt. A couple of years later, you would see a much narrower, almost column-like silhouette. The button front dress was also common, as seen here. There are just so many things here that are standard in the dress, but the hair is very different that what you usually see. Perhaps Miss Mary had her own style.

I imagine her with beautiful chestnut hair, and the dress in blue.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sometimes you just want to see more..........

I was looking for an image of a celebrity with a July 25th birthday to post on the Facebook Group, and found this lovely photo of Dorothy Dickson. She had the privilege of starring in silent films, being pals with the Queen Mum, and cheering up untold numbers of people with her popularization of "Look for the Silver Lining."

She's beautiful, yes? And really, I just want to see her dress, because I imagine it's pretty spectacular. It's from 1927. I imagine it in pale yellow, with accents in green. Either way, it's gorgeous.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!



In honor of American's independence, I thought I'd share a beautiful picture of one of my favorite British-born icons, Liz Taylor.

Don't ask me what she has to do with Independence Day, but it's a beautiful picture, nonetheless.

Circa 1955

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Weddings are a thing of beauty


Since her son got married today, let us celebrate by looking at the beautiful Princess Grace of Monaco, truly one of the most beautiful women to grace our planet, and seemingly an amazing woman as well.

::pause, regroup, and get breath back::

This dress is so iconic that it seems like lately, everyone has been shouting "she has a dress just like Grace Kelly's" from the rooftop. I blogged about this some time back, when they compared Nicole Ritchie's dress to it. Not even close. Others have questioned whether Catherine, Dutchess of Cambridge, aka "she who will be queen" did the same thing, and again, I'm just not seeing it. Nay, this dress stands on its own, as does the one who wore it.

::sighs, and looks again at her loveliness::

I will, however, say thank you to the Dutchess, as well as the now Princess of Monaco, Charlene, for bringing back necklines, as the strapless fixation has driven me wild for some time now. Thank you, royals, from the bottom of my heart