Das Schloss Nörvenich in Nörvenich near Düren, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Northwestern Germany, was established circa 1400 by Wilhelm von Vlatten and was remodeled on numerous occasions over the centuries. Just before WW2, it was taken over by non-aristocratic owners; it has repeatedly changed hands since. The current mansion dates back to the 1700s and features Gothic brickwork and richly designed stucco ceilings in the Regency style.
Part 1 of 3 for Victorique’s outfits, I’ll do more tomorrow when I get the chance. Here we’ve got her “standard black dress”/outdated Academy dress (notice the pattern on her sleeves is the same as both the modern girl/boy uniforms (which I will grab pictures of later)), her undergarments/night gown + cap, her gifted kimono, her pink summer dress (note the shorter sleeves/lighter layers), and finally her very conservative yet beautiful traveling dress (specifically referring to the shawl, hat, and more aristocratic style). More to come soon along with concept art of other characters and places, so if anyone has a character they want to see soon, then mention it here! Possibly some things never shown in the anime as well!
“By the eighteenth century embroidery was beginning to signify a leisured, aristocratic life style — not working was becoming the hallmark of femininity.” (The Subversive Stitch, Rozsika Parker, 1984: 11)
Women’s work as an oxymoron: if women do it, it cannot be work. Women cannot work, so anything a woman does cannot be work. Therefore, embroidery, actually called ‘work’ by women, cannot be classified as work. It is instead, a leisure pursuit – assuming one is not paid for it. And one cannot be paid for it because it is not work, cannot be work if it is produced by an upperclass woman. To try and pay her for it – for her to try and sell it would be to undermine her husband’s fragile masculinity by implying he cannot support her. But all of this is to say nothing of the women who did do embroidery as work, as a living, who did sell their labour.
I think this is one of the reasons I get irritated by people telling me it must be so relaxing to sew. I don’t find it relaxing. It is work. It is labour and it is my job. I don’t tell other people that their work, their job, the thing they do everyday must be ‘so relaxing’ because that would be an absurd assumption to make. Maybe they do find it relaxing. Or maybe they enjoy it, but don’t find it relaxing because actually it’s hard work and concentration. But it is not my place to assume these things, and of all the questions one could ask about another’s job, whether it is ‘relaxing’ is a strange place to start. What are people implying when they tell me I must find embroidery relaxing? That it’s easy? Unskilled? Requires no concentration? That it’s not work.
Some people find embroidery relaxing because they do it as a hobby. They do it as a thing which is not their job. Just as some people take up wood-carving as a hobby. But do people tell the professional carpenter that their job must be relaxing because it is considered by others to be a hobby?
Don’t tell me my job is relaxing. Don’t tell me my job isn’t work.