court costume


Black is the colour.

Black is my favourite colour and I had never made a post about it in the blog (shame on me!). One of the most expensive colours to accomplish back in the day (several dyes were required and done wrong could damage the fabric) and THE go colour for the Spanish court.

In taffeta, velvet or wool, black is an always YES colour for the mid to upper classes, of course also for court, since the colour itself was pretty enough to send a message (you know, the always old message “I can afford it” is always on fashion).

Images from top:

  1. Jamie Dornan and Kirsten Dunst as Count Axel Fersen and Marie Antoinette in “Marie Antoinette”, 2006, Director Sofia Coppola, Costume Design Milena Canonero.
  2. “Susanna Highmore”, ca. 1740-1745, Joseph Highmore.
  3. Black Brunswick, 2014, by Maija the seamstress.
  4. Black silk suit, mid 18th century, Great Britain, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  5. “Mr and Mrs William Hallett (“The Morning Walk”)”, 1785, Thomas Gainsborough.
  6. “Miss Mary Hickey”, 1770, Sir Joshua Reynolds.
  7. Mourning dress, 1781, Cahier des Costumes Français.
  8. “Charlotte, Lady Milnes”, 1788-92, George Romney.
  9. Man’s embroidered silk velvet court suit, probably English, about 1790-1810, Sudley House, Liverpool.
  10. Masquerade outfit, 2013, by Merja Palkivaara.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl! Eating nuts and kicking butts!

I had a whole lot of fun at Memphis Comic Expo this past weekend. After reading and loving the first 5 issues of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, and with artist ericafailsatlife being at the convention, it was a no brainer to make this costume. I highly recommend this comic - cute, light-hearted, and I was crying with laughter. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard reading a comic!

Thanks to all the villains who were such good sports at taking a beating!

Reading Grave Peril is so much better once you know about Thomas and Harry. 


The Windsor Beauties are a collection of portraits painted by Sir. Peter Lely during the early to mid-1660s. They were probably commissioned by Anne, Duchess of York. They depict 10 of the most beautiful women at the court of Charles II of England, dressed in either court dress or costumes that allude to antiquity. Many of the women depicted had high profile relationships, and the paintings can help us gauge what was considered to be attractive at the time.

From top left to right, we have:

  • Frances Stewart, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox as Diana. She famously refused to become Charles II’s mistress.
  • Elizabeth Hamilton, Countess de Gramont. She was Irish and for a time, lady-in-waiting to the Queen of France.
  • Jane Needham, Mrs. Myddleton. She resisted becoming the mistress of both the King and his brother, the Duke of York but was the mistress of the Duke of Montagu and the Earl of Rochester. She was also a skilled painter herself.
  • Margaret Brooke, Lady Denham. The Duke of York was, for a time, infatuated with her.
  • Frances Brooke, Lady Whitmore. She was the sister of Margaret Brooke.
  • Mary Bagot, Countess of Falmouth and Dorset
  • Henrietta Hyde, Countess of Rochester
  • Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland as Minerva. She was one of the most famous and influential mistresses of Charles II.
  • Anne Digby, Countess of Sunderland
  • Elizabeth Percy, Countess of Northumberland
  • Henriette-Anne, Duchess of Orléans. The youngest sister/sibling of Charles II, she was known as Minette and was married to Philippe, the brother of Louis XIV.
  • Anne Hyde, Duchess of York. The first wife of the Duke of York, she commissioned these portraits and Lely probably flattered her by including her in the collection (she was an extremely attractive woman though)

[Queen] Olga organised the social aspects of the [Greek] court and instituted a form of the Greek national costume as court dress. Extremely short sighted from youth, she used her lorgnettes elegantly as an accessory. Olga also turned her attention to hospitals and prison welfare. With the help of a welathy Greek benefactor a new hospital was built, to which she came nearly every day to visit the sick and to ensure things were running smoothly. The Queen collected money to build a prison for women and a reformatory school for young boys (previously confined together in the same prison). these building were completed in 1892 with a gift of money received for the Queen´s silver wedding anniversary. She gave 3 000 drachmas to finance a nurses´ training school. She oversaw and financed the building of the huge “Russian Hospital” at Piraeus and the “Evangelismos”, a modern hospital financed by the Orthodox Church at the Queen´s request. Olga always arrived in Russia with a stack of beautiful Greek embroideries inher luggage, which she then proceeded to try and sell in aid of her many charities.

Coryne Hall in The Grand Duchesses by A. Beéche (ed.)

“I cannot emphasize enough how many outfits, and how many variations of the Harley Quinn costume we tried.  We tried the court jester costume, we tried the corset and skirt, we tried leather pants, we tried literally every type of costume possible for her. I really love where we ended up. And who knows, maybe in the sequels we’ll go with the court jester one. I think there’s a world of possibilities.”

Woman’s Court Costume: Silk with gold and silver braid and pompoms. Lucknow, C.1830-40. 

This extravagant costume would have been worn by a dancer or noblewoman at the flamboyant Lucknow Court, although the fashion for exaggeratedly wide trousers like these worn under a full, shorter overdress was popular in several centres of North India during the first half of the 19th century. Women wearing such costumes are shown in Lucknow paintings of the 19th century and in Company style paintings from other centres in North India.

Traditionally reputed to have belonged to the ‘Queen of Oudh’, this outfit is more likely to have been worn by a very young girl for a betrothal ceremony, or even created specifically for an exhibition such as the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1855, from which it was acquired by the India Museum in London.

A pair of women’s embroidered trousers with very wide legs. Each leg is made up of 17 triangular panels and one rectangular panel. The fabric is of thin silk with applied gold ribbon (gota) and gold pompoms.

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Can we please...

Can we please appreciate the Court of Nightmares scene in acomaf. Because I like re-read that shit like five times over and still find it to be my favorite. Like not just the FeySand (though that was great) but I just love when all the characters were grumpy and all “high power-y”. But I’m just a sucker for stuff like that.