God I love dagged sleeves.  Almost as much as I love slashed ones.  I just want to dag and slash everything I can get my hands on.

I’ve wanted Maleficent to be the first villain in the series for a while now, ever since I made the mental leap between Maleficent’s horns and 15th century horned hennins.  The time period works out pretty well, actually, since I wanted her to look a little more dated than Aurora’s 1480’s getup- both houppelandes and horned hennins were all the rage during the early- to mid-1400’s, and they make for pretty good analogues to her official costuming.  Sexy stuff.

This proves more than any of the previous pieces that these are adaptations, not improvements.  I mean, look at the original Maleficent design- how does one improve on PERFECTION


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Um. I *did* post an extended bibliography. It seems a little thin to call my “theory” thin, since you wouldn’t be asking me this if you’d read the stuff.

The Mongolian Empire occupied Europe.

Liegnitz [Legnica], April 9th, 1241. The battle found the best fighters of Europe facing a small wing of the Mongol army. The Teutonic Knights from Northern Germany, the Templars and Hospitallers from France, and the flower of the south German chivalry, as well as many mercenaries and peasants to fill the ranks, outnumbered Baidar’s two columns by three to two. In retrospect, the odds were unfair, because the Europeans never had a chance. The Mongols executed a perfect performance of their classic maneuver…

The Mongolian armies only turned back because of the unexpected death of Ögedei Khan.The only effect that it had was that France and Britain were not actually sacked.

The Empire itself continued as the dominant force in Asia and Europe until the end of the 1300s, and its influential legacy continued through trading and diplomacy, as well as all the people who just stayed, for centuries after.

Europe’s knowledge of the known world was immensely expanded by the information brought back by ambassadors and merchants. When Columbus sailed in 1492, his missions were to reach Cathay, the land of the Grand Khan in China, and give him a letter from the monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile.

Basically, what I’m saying is, the European women saw the Mongolian women for themselves. Because they were THERE.


Not only that, the Mongol Empire’s prestige and success continued because of the immense wealth brought via Islamic textiles, a.k.a. “Tartar Cloth”. I mean, from my post:

When Ruy González de Clavijo visited Timur in Samarkand in 1403, Timur was 70-years-old. By then the tradition of the boghtaq had reached ridiculous new heights. Clavijo described the arrival of Timur’s senior wife into the Great Pavilion…

See? 1403.
It’s like you didn’t read the whole thing or the links.

Here they are again:

Maybe this will help a little more

Theorizing Cross-Cultural Interaction among the Ancient and Early Medieval Mediterranean, Near East and Asia (edited by Matthew P. Canepa):

The organizing goal of this volume of Ars Orientalis is to highlight these theoretical considerations and provide a forum where art historians of the ancient and medieval worlds can explore these problems of cross-cultural interaction with greater rigor. It does not intend to provide a comprehensive theoretical overview or art historical survey of Eurasian artistic interchange, nor an overarching theory. Rather, it aims to contribute critical perspectives drawn from premodern visual cultures to the wider theoretical conversation. The papers contained herein critically evaluate some of the most important problems encountered in the material:the cross-continental movement and selective appropriation of objects and motifs through trade; the impact of new ways of seeing, being seen, and acting introduced by these objects; the role of art and ritual in negotiations of power among empires; and representations and self-portrayals of ethnicity and gender within and beyond dominant visual cultures.

Anyhow, I post sources because I’m not going to copy and paste ten thousand pages of historical research materials into a tumblr post.

I listed three separate sources that explicitly say “European women copied the boqta”. If you want more, keep reading on your own. I post them because I WANT people to read them.


lady knights! 

Vanessa the Dragons Maw.

i dunno, random name. 

here is a link to the original post! 

Do check it out!

Now, for mine, i for got dragon…which i cannot believe happened. seriously. I was a touch put out though, as thats what i always do. and the original post had some really interesting concepts. So, what i went for was a medieval display of power and ferociousness on the part of  this madam here. The idea was that her Hennin (the headdress) shapes down to form the top of the dragons head, when the metal armour collar forms the lower jaw. I also like to think she paints her face a deep red before battle to make it look more like the inside of a mouth. 

Other than that, cliche spikes and colours, but i still think its ok.

i dont, however, think i got the petite or the perky, but i focused more on the armour design than her personality. boo on me. But petite doesn’t really work unless you see her against other people. Shes actually 5 ft 5 :3

any ways! give it a go! its good fun! :D and remember to check the original post for details and credit for the idea (and the actual randomiser)

In previous articles, I’ve talked about the great need for attention to be paid to issues that are unique to the bi community. Well, now it looks like our administration is doing just that … Reportedly, "participants and administration officials will discuss a range of topics including health, HIV/AIDS, domestic and intimate partner violence, mental health, and bullying."

I [Ed Note: Amy Andre] got a chance to speak with representatives from BiNet USA and the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) — two of the [Ed Note: Three (3), the other being the American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) a primarily Scientific Research Foundation] largest bisexual organizations in the country - to ask them why a meeting like this might be needed. I also connected with:

The article covered the following topics:

  • What are the top issues facing the bisexual community?
  • What do you think about the upcoming meeting?
  • Why do you think a meeting like this needs to happen?
  • What’s some of the history of the bi community in relationship to the White House?

As Ms. Andre concluded, "Personally, I’m very glad that the Obama administration is convening such a gathering, because there is clearly such tremendous need. I have received anonymous confirmation that representatives of national and regional bisexual organizations will be in attendance."

For those in Dire need of a Historygasm: The **Full** bibliography for my posts about Boqtas and Hennins


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Fifteenth Century Ladies' Headwear

During the 15th century, the hennin, a cone-shaped hat, became fashionable. They were worn primarily by royalty and upper class women in England, France, Burgundy (which was then a separate duchy and not part of France), and most of northern Europe. They never gained popularity in Italy.

The cones ranged in length from 12 inches to as long as 36 inches. The cones ended in a point or sometimes a flattened end from which a veil emerged. The veil cascaded over the lady’s shoulders and sometimes to the ground.

The hennins were usually worn at a backward tilted angle. Some paintings from the period show a forehead loop, probably attached to the hennin. It must have been used to pull the hat forward or to hold it secure during a strong wind.

Hennin wearers frequently plucked their brows and the edge of the hairline so that no hair escaped from beneath the hennin. Other paintings, though, show the hennin worn over long flowing hair. Illustrations of royalty show queens and princesses wearing crowns either around the brim of the hennin or at the top.

Hennins gradually lost their appeal and were replaced by more wearable hats of the 16th century. What the 16th century hats lost in height, they more than made up for in elaborate design, as demonstrated in Renaissance art.

Source: http://historicalhussies.blogspot.com/2010/05/during-15th-century-hennin-cone-shaped.html

anonymous asked:


Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, Claire Holt, Ashley Benson, Holland Roden, Shelley Hennin. I mean, I could go on for days, to be honest. R feel free to add whoever you’d like to see.


I would absolutely love to see Amber Heard, Olivia Holt, Candice Accola, Taissa Farmiga, Karren Gillan, Danielle Campbell— Every female in the world basically.

  • Eadric:So that pointy thing. Is that your head?
  • Vivienne:"That pointy thing" is a hennin, darling, it is a headdress. Your chieftains have a similar practice.
  • Eadric:Oh, so you want to be the woman with the biggest hat, so everyone knows to lick your boots over the next noble?
  • Vivienne:Such is the principle.

Simplified Anansie’s wardrobe. And yes, she totally stole hennin from Vivienne.

From left to right: Casual (early version), casual (late version), training, underwear, winter, official: Ferelden, Orlais and Tevinter.

La hopalanda se hizo popular entre los hombres como también entre las mujeres.Los hombres solían llevar túnicas y jubones y como gorra solían usar mucho la caperuza que cada vez era  más larga y puntiaguda.Las mujeres llevaban diademas hechas de piedras, flores, hojas o tela. Las casadas llevaban debajo del mismo un velo y las doncellas y solteras llevaban el diadema encima de su pelo largo y suelto o encima de sus trenzas.También era popular la cófia, el hennin, el tocado de cuernos y el tocado mariposa.Durante la edad media se comienza a dar al tocado un uso más moral que estético y que se comienza a cubrir los cabellos como signo de pudor.La cofia era el símbolo de la dignidad femenina y de la prosperidad.Pero también servía para apartar el pelo de la cara mientras trabajaban y de protegerlo de la suciedad. Las mujeres solteras y niñas también podían llevarlas.