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What Do We Find Attractive?

Reblog this post if you find the ladies of long ago to still be beautiful in our modern 21st century!

In our era where thigh-high splits in skirts and navel-length necklines in dresses dominate the couture of what seems like nearly every female celebrity—not to mention many instances of very heavy makeup—one often has to wonder how our standards of the beauty ideal have changed. A century and more ago, Charles Dana Gibson developed what was considered for that era, the Ideal Woman. She had a sweet and wholesome look, and one of her biggest extravagancies was her pompadour hairdo, commonly referred to afterward as the “Gibson Girl” look.

A woman—if she wanted to retain the title of a true lady—would be dressed most respectably always, and if she dared to show her ankles among the company of men, oh, she was a hussy! When we realize what was considered proper in terms of dress in the Edwardian era (and what could really be inexplicably daring!), one often has to wonder how some vintage photos we look at now seemed in their heyday. By looking at this image below, the question that comes to mind is, Was Camille Clifford considered to appear “loose”? Although her gown was generous in length, the cut of her neckline seems to me to be a bit of an eyebrow-raiser in its day.

If Miss Clifford lived now and appeared on the red carpet, would she even be noticed for this? I’d say not at all! She would look exceptionally modest and would instead likely earn either high accolades of being most stylish (as I would tell her!) or be censured for being old-fashioned! It really is incredible how fashions change.
   When we are bombarded with more and more bold fashions and daring hair colors, one has to wonder if the glamour of long ago can last today.
   If you find such luminaries as Camille Clifford and Evelyn Nesbit (to name just a few; I’ve picture more well-known faces below), let me know by reblogging this post!

~ The Modern Edwardian

Above > Zena Dare

Above > Florence Evelyn Nesbit

Above > Ethel Barrymore

Mother
Florence + The Machine
Mother

Florence + the Machine  |  Mother  |  How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

How I long for the autumn
The sun keeps burning deep
Every stone in this city keeps reminding me
Can you protect me from what I want?
The love I let in, it left me so lost 

Forgive me, Mother, for I have sinned – I have sped up and illegally uploaded this most beautiful of all songs ever written.

The Signs as Florence + the Machines Lyrics

Aries: Various Storms & Saints
You saw the stars out in front of you
Too tempting not to touch
But even though it shocked you
Something’s electric in your blood

Taurus: Addicted To Love
Whoa, you would like to think that you’re immune to the stuff, oh, yeah
It’s closer to the truth to say you can’t get enough,
You’re gonna have to face it—you’re addicted to love

Gemini: All This Heaven Too
And the heart is hard to translate
But with all my education I can’t seem to command it
And the words are all escaping, and coming back all damaged
And I would put them back in poetry if I only knew how
I can’t seem to understand it

Cancer: Cosmic Love
The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I’m always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

Leo: Rabbit Hearted Girl
I must become a lion hearted girl
Ready for a fight
Before I make the final sacrifice

Virgo:Over the Love
‘Cause you’re a hard soul to save
With an ocean in the way
But I’ll get around it
I’ll get around it

Libra: No Light, No Light
You are the hole in my head
You are the space in my bed
When it’s over you’re the start
You’re my head, you’re my heart

Scorpio: Seven Devils
Holy water cannot help you now
Thousand armies couldn’t keep me out
I don’t want your money
I don’t want your crown
See I’ve come to burn your kingdom down

Sagittarius: Dog Days Are Over
Happiness hit her like a train on a track
Coming towards her stuck still no turning back
Happiness hit her like a bullet in the back
Struck from a great height by someone who should know better than that

Capricorn: Shake It Out
And I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart
‘Cause I like to keep my issues drawn
It’s always darkest before the dawn

Aquarius: Strangeness & Charm
Hydrogen in our veins, it cannot hold itself, our blood is boiling
And the pressure in our bodies that echoes up above it is exploding
And our particles that burn it all because they aim for each other
And although we stick together it seems that we are stranging one another

Pisces: Hardest Of Hearts
There is love in your body but you can’t hold it in
It pours from your eyes and spills from your skin
Tenderest touch leaves the darkest of marks
And the kindest of kisses break the hardest of hearts

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another meme i won’t finish: five music artists [1 of 5] → florence + the machine
“And the only solution was to stand and fight And my body was bruised and I was set alight But you came over me like some holy rite And although I was burning, you’re the only light.”