altered history

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A Spitalfields brocaded silk robe à l'Anglaise, the silk probably Anna Maria Garthwaite, the fabric late 1730s, construction altered circa 1750, woven with large-scale sprays of hops, blossom in shades of blue, brown mauve with bright green and chartreuse silk foliage, the double engageants with scalloped edges, pleated front robings, part lined in ivory silk; together with a front petticoat panel

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“Well, I can say that we are definitely closer than we were back then. And I think a lot of that is due to, you know, time, and growing up a bit more and, um, appreciation for the experience that we had. And um, the connection that we have. We have a connection not just in the fact that we experienced that together, but we have, as two human beings, we have a connection and a camaraderie and a dynamic between the two of us that is also unique to me than in any other relationship that I have in my life. You know, there’s an intimacy there that is, um, it only exists there, in that particular way.” — Gillian Anderson

But now, I think really, it’s like …all that’s just evaporated. I think as you get older, I think if you’re lucky if you’re maturing the stuff that used to bother you, the little things, kinda of evaporate and all that’s left is the heart, and that’s all we have left is just total appreciation of one another. So, I don’t know if that makes us like an old married couple, a successful old married couple maybe, I don’t know.” — David Duchovny

“You could just see it in their faces, how much they truly did love each other. And that wasn’t just Dana and Fox, that was David and Gillian. They truly, truly loved each other. Oh, I never saw anything like it. I’ve been in this business all my life, literally. And I think David and Gillian’s relationship, Scully and Mulder, are one of the greatest male/female in TV history.” - Kim Manners

The signs as anime of summer 2017

Aries: Kakegurui

Hyakkaou Private Academy. An institution for the privileged with a very peculiar curriculum. You see, when you’re the sons and daughters of the wealthiest of the wealthy, it’s not athletic prowess or book smarts that keep you ahead. It’s reading your opponent, the art of the deal. What better way to hone those skills than with a rigorous curriculum of gambling? At Hyakkaou Private Academy, the winners live like kings, and the losers are put through the wringer. But when Yumeko Jabami enrolls, she’s gonna teach these kids what a high roller really looks like!

Taurus: Dive!!

The series revolves around the Mizuki Diving Club (MDC), which is on the verge of closing down after having financial troubles. The club’s new coach persuades the club’s parent company to stay open on one condition: that the club sends one of its members to next year’s olympics as part of Japan’s olympic team.

Gemini: Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu

The year is 1863 as the tumultuous samurai era is coming to an end, Japan is split between the pro-shogunate and anti-shogunate factions. The fate of the world is threatened as an army of historical revisionists are sent from the future to alter the course of history. In order to bring these forces down and protect the real history, two sword warriors, spirits who are swords brought to life by Saniwa (sage), rush to Edo. The polite and thoughtful Horikawa Kunihiro and the short tempered yet skillful Izuminokami Kanesada, who served the same master, confront the invading army along with a lively gang of other warriors including Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki, Yagen Toushirou, Tombokiri, and Tsurumaru Kuninaga.
As the fate of history lies in these hero’s hands, what meets the blade is yet to be uncovered…

Cancer: Hajimete no Gal

Spring. The “season of love” has arrived and it seems that finding himself a girlfriend was harder than Junichi believed. To break the status quo, Junichi’s friends have forced him into confessing to the gal, Yame Yukana. However, things do not go quite as he expected. A series of “firsts” begins!

Leo: Fate/Apocrypha

The setting is a parallel world to Fate/stay night where the Greater Grail mysteriously disappeared from Fuyuki after the Third Holy Grail War. After many years of silence, around the same time as the Fifth Holy Grail War would have happened, the Yggdmillennia, a family of magi, openly declares their secession from the Mage’s Association, and that they are in possession of the Grail. The Association dispatches fifty magi to retrieve it, and all but one are instantly slaughtered by a mysterious Servant. The one remaining manages to activate the reserve system of the Greater Grail, allowing for the summoning of fourteen Servants in total.

In the city of Trifas, two factions will fight for the control of the sacred relic, each of them possessing their own team of seven Servants : the Black Faction whose members are part of Yggdmillennia, protecting the Grail, and the Red Faction whose members were sent by the Mage’s Association, trying to take the Grail back. For an event of this scale, the Grail itself summons its own Servant, the holy Ruler, to oversee the conflict.

This marks the start of the Great Holy Grail War.

Virgo: Jikan no Shihaisha

The story centers on “Chronos Rulers,” those who fight the time-eating demons that appear when people wish they could turn back time. The Chronos Rulers fight a time-manipulation battle against these demons. 

Libra: Knight’s & Magic

A mecha otaku is reincarnated into another world as Ernesti Echevarria, also known as Eru. In this world, huge humanoid weapons known as Silhouette Knights exist. Dreaming of piloting those robots, Eru and his friends, Archid Olter and Adeltrud Olter, aim to become Knight Runners.

Scorpio: NTR: Netsuzou Trap

Yuma and Hotaru have been friends since childhood, so it’s only natural that when Yuma is nervous about her new boyfriend, she asks Hotaru for advice. But when Hotaru starts coming onto Yuma for what feels like more than just ‘practice,’ what does it mean…? With boyfriends in the foreground but a secret, passionate tryst in the background, will Yuma and Hotaru try to forget what happened between them or have they fallen into a trap of true love and betrayal?

Sagittarius: Ballroom e Youkoso

Fujita has drifted through middle school aimlessly, unable to find friends or anything that can hold his attention. Then, one day, he’s attacked by a gang and saved by a mysterious man. But this isn’t a karate master; it’s a ballroom dance instructor! Reluctantly, Fujita takes a few beginner’s classes, only to find his inspiration… an entrancing, teenage dance prodigy named Shizuku. It’s Fujita’s first step into the high-octane world of competitive dance!

Capricorn: Hina Logi ~from Luck & Logic~

Liones Yelistratova, a pure princess from a small country, enters a school in Hokkaido on a spring day. The school is a specialized educational institution operated by ALCA to train Logicalists, who maintain world peace. Liones enters class S, where she meets many classmates with unique personalities, like Nina. A lively and cute everyday life begins now.

Aquarius: The Reflection Wave One

After THE REFLECTION, some of the people in all parts of the world are discovered with super powers.
Some become heroes, and others villains.
How did the Reflection happen? What was the cause of it?
With many unsolved mysteries, the world is lead into turmoil.

Pisces: Gamers!

This is a story that revolves around certain students and one hobby. Amano Keita is our lonely protagonist who has a passion for gaming and is friends with Uehara Tasuku, who is secretly a fellow gamer and is someone who believes his life is perfect. We also have Karen Tendou, the club president of the video games club and Chiaki Hoshinomori, who constantly bickers with Keita. This is a story filled with a non-stop sequence of comedy scenes and misunderstandings. Our chaotic romantic comedy now begins!

Would you consider professional flirting a power? Idk

Zen’s the guy you’d go to if you need some help in hand-to-hand, blade-to-blade combat. Replication is his main thing, and it comes in handy when tackling the bigger, badder villains. The clones however, only possess his base proficiency at combat and flirting and none of his other powers. He also has a sporadic Psionic Intuition, which allows the team to see glimpses of the future (psychic dreams anyone?). Albeit fleeting, Zen tends to be extra sensitive to the bigger-scale, future-altering, history-making events. He might not be able to see how well you’d do in a test, but he’d definitely see Godzilla rising out of the water a couple days or weeks before it happens, so don’t worry. :D

Adoptive Muscle Memory is less of a power and more of a skill he developed. Quick perception and hella body-eye coordination allows him to study your moves and learn them with time. Short battles are of no use to him, but if the duel is extended or you come back for a rematch, then watch out bc he’s probably got all ur moves figured out. 

Yes, I did the math and estimated that his sword would be about 0.84m long in proportion to his height, which I think was about 5″9. I’m extra that way.

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This is about Wyatt’s wife, isn’t it? I knew he was fixated on her murder, but this is just so reckless. Can you blame him?

AU wherein Quark makes a deal with a malcontent Vorta (Weyoun 6?) to get ketracel-white at wholesale prices and starts distributing it to the Jem’Hadar. The Jem’Hadar proceed to start worshipping the Blessed Exchequer instead of the founders

  • Doctor who: a tv show about an alien with a magical time travel box who turns into a different person instead of dying
  • Audiences: fair enough
  • Doctor who: has timelines where people don't meet in the right order so you have to figure out where a given story takes place from the perspective of multiple characters, not just where it fits in the main story. Also sometimes two versions of the same character are present in the same place at the same time at different points in their personal timeline
  • Audiences: we understand this
  • Doctor who: has storylines involving characters altering history so that things that have happened in the past no longer happened but some characters still remember the version of events where they did happen, sometimes involving whole alternate timelines where things happen like stars ceasing to exist
  • Audiences: it's simple really....
  • Doctor who: has a companion who split herself into every point in another characters timeline and exists now as multiple independent identical entities throughout time and space. has a companion who turned into a plastic roman but got retconned out of it but still remembers being a plastic roman. has a character who turns out to be the daughter of two much younger characters and also their childhood best friend and also the main character's wife who also kills the main character.
  • Audiences: well of course
  • Doctor who: invents hundreds of alien races and fictional planets with names like raxacoricofallapatorius for you to learn
  • Audiences: I'm fine with this
  • Doctor who: casts a woman
  • Audiences: I can't wrap my head around this. unbelievable.
Pre-curse Prince Adam headcanons

So I know a lot of people are doing these, but I really wanted to contribute because I have too many feelings about this Trash Prince™. (Also I’m altering history slightly to make this work).

  • Adam’s father is the Duke of Anjou, King Louis XV’s younger brother, while Adam’s mother is an infanta of Spain (who became the Duchess of Anjou). The marriage was political, and there was no love in it at all. The Duke of Anjou kept many, many, mistresses, while the duchess preferred to spend time in the library and reading to her son (this is where Adam gets his love of books).
  • Because of this lineage, Adam is a prince du sang, meaning a “Prince of the Blood” - a title given to direct descendants in a male line of the King. Adam flaunts this title a lot. 
  • Adam’s full baptized name is Charles Alexandre Adam. His father was very controlling and a traditionalist, so he gave his son two traditional noble French names (the former after himself, and the latter after the King’s middle name). Adam’s mother, however, was very religious and had the name Adam put in (despite great protest from her husband). 
  • His mother always called him “Adam” to differentiate him from his father. Also because the couple basically hated each other, and she didn’t want to be reminded of him when he looked at her son. 
  • Whenever Adam attended parties at Versailles (which wasn’t often because the parties weren’t celebrating him), he was the biggest shit disturber. He would fabricate rumours and constantly get all the other courtiers riled up. He would also gamble. A lot. 
  • Adam also hated all the protocol at Versailles, another reason why he rarely visited. He much preferred his own castle, where he was the centre of attention and all the courtiers revolved around him. 
  • On one occasion when Adam was visiting his family at Versailles (he was forced to go), Lumière organized a ball for the servants to take place in the grand ballroom (which was strictly off-limits to the lower-ranking servants) so he and Plumette could share a proper dance. The rest of the servants were thrilled, but Cogsworth very much opposed the idea, and tried to order everyone back to their duties. It didn’t work. Lumière, obviously ignored him, saying the prince would never find out. Cogsworth remained in the ballroom for the entirety of the servants’ ball, and the smallest smile crept up on his face as he watched Lumière and Plumette dance. 
  • Adam commissioned many paintings to be done with his likeness on Greek gods and Roman Emperors (à la Louis XIV). 
  • He would spend so much money on clothes, wigs, makeup, and shoes that the king would write letters chastising him for his outrageous spending. Adam would almost never reply, and when he did he would say something along the lines of “well how much do you spend on your poisson?” (meaning Madame de Pompadour, the King’s mistress whose surname was “Poisson” and was seen as a disgrace at court because she was a commoner). 
  • After balls and parties, Adam would bring a woman (or two) back to his bed, but he would never say a word to them and then would go off to the library before the woman woke up. This would happen so often that it had become a routine wherein Lumière would be there in the morning for the woman to wake up so he could escort her to an awaiting carriage. 
  • Every trinket, every frame, every doorknob in the castle has to be spotless and shining. Adam also hates dust. 

Musical Touken Ranbu: Mihotose no Komoriuta (Lullaby of 300 Years)

M13 Ruri iro no sora III (The Azure Skies)

  • Sakiyama Tsubasa as Ishikirimaru
  • Araki Hirofumi as Nikkari Aoe
  • Ota Motohiro as Sengo Muramasa
  • Spi as Tonbokiri
  • Yokota Ryugi as Monoyoshi Sadamune
  • Zaiki Takuma as Ookurikara

Somehow this song didn’t cut me so deep until I’ve looped it quite a few times, and then the feels just washed over me.

Every Tourabu play(musical or stage) is similar in certain ways, and touken danshi in different stories sometimes make very similar choices.
But Mihotose is a bit different in this regard. Instead of the age-old question “How determined are you to protect history against your personal preferences?”, Mihotose asks the swords, “If you know it’d break your heart, will you still commit?”

The plot of Mihotose itself deals little with the danger of altered history. Despite the grave situations presented in the beginning, history was carefully and solidly preserved until the end. That was not the conflict of the story. Instead, in the longest mission ever written for tourabu, the swords were faced with the woes of immortality.

Will you care for someone whom you know will die an untimely and unjust death? Not only that, since humans always die in the end, do you choose to care for any of them at all? Why should you put yourself through the inevitable pain of losing them? Do you feel wronged by them when you were mere objects? Do you intend to make them appreciate you more now that you have a second chance? Why do you even bother?

When all is said, those who were destined to die a certain way will die so. No matter how clearly you knew this was just “part of the job”, and no matter how prepared you think you are for the end, you still end up picking up the shattered pieces of your heart. This is your fate now. A human body granted them will, but it also cursed them with the vulnerability called human emotions. Humans at least had a destined end beyond which their hearts can no longer be broken, but touken danshi exist as long as their blades exist, they are immortal, and the heartbreaks follow them for an eternity.

Some Inspirational Quotes
  • “It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.”  
    Hans F Hanson
  • “You are much more than what you’re going through.”  John Tew
  • “My only regrets are the moments when I doubted myself and took the safe route. Life is too short to waste time being unhappy.”  
    Dan Howell
  • “Be yourself. Don’t worry about what other people are thinking of you, because they’re probably feeling the same kind of scared, horrible feelings that everyone does.”  
    Phil Lester
  • “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
    Elbert Hubbard
  • “The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
    Anne Frank
  • “Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”
    Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “We meet no ordinary people in our lives.”
    C.S. Lewis
  • “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” 
    John Wooden
  • “If we all did the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”
    Thomas Edison
  • “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
    Isaac Newton
  • “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”
    Mahatma Gandhi
  • “I am still learning.”
    Michelangelo
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Welcome to this week’s FRIDAY FASHION FACT! Today we’re talking about why the vast majority of historical clothes that survive today seem so small in size.

Most people probably think, that’s obvious! It’s because people used to be much shorter than they are today! Well, that’s not really true. I could write a full essay on this (in fact, several people have), but let’s stick with the basics. Average heights use to be shorter than they are today because many more people use to be malnourished, stunting their growth. However, the wealthy (and therefore properly nourished) members of society had the same variety of heights that we have today. Average heights also varied region, just as they do now, and varied by era based on ever-changing eating habits (meat based diets vs. vegetable or grain based diets, etc.) Additionally, many people have a skewed perspective of what average heights are now. Many of our celebrities are athletes, or actors who are staged to appear taller on screen, leading to the misconception that average people are taller than they really are.

So, if people (and therefore clothes) from past centuries were created in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, why do we see so many petite little dresses in museums? Simple. For one, clothing isn’t always as small as it looks. The proportions of historical gowns are very different than clothing today, often built to trick the eye into seeing a tiny waist. If we cinched in our waists and padded our hips like they did years ago, we might look as small, too. Of course, there are many pieces that actually are quite little. Why? Clothing was extremely expensive in past centuries, and the average person could only afford to buy about one new complete gown or suit a year (or the material to make one complete look.) However, the wealthy upper classes, who could afford several garments a year, were very style conscious and would discard pieces that were not in the latest fashion. They would pass down these pieces to their servants, or other less wealthy members of their communities. They were hand-me-downs, taken in or remade by the next wearer, then the wearer after that, until they were completely worn out, then used as rags or scrap fabric. The very small pieces survive because they were too petite to be passed down, taken in, re-worn, and worn-out.

Luckily for us, there is an exception to every rule, and there are surviving examples of larger pieces, as well as pieces where we can see where they have been taken in, altered, or remade. The above photos show a few of these garments:

Circa 1780 robe a l'anglaise remade from a 1740s sack back gown

Circa 1770s bed gown remade from the 1760s

Circa 1800-05 round gown remade from 1785-95

Circa 1840 evening dress remade from 1760s

Circa 1880 redingote remade from a circa 1810 man’s jacket

Want to learn more about the lifespan of historical garments? Check out these books:

What Clothes Reveals: The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America, by Linda Baumgartem

The Dress of the People: Everyday Fashion in Eighteenth Century England, by John Styles

Have a question about fashion history that you want answered in the next FRIDAY FASHION FACT? Just click the ASK button at the top of the page!