Historically Accurate Xena- now in full colour!

Hiccups and delays aside, here it is. Xena is equipped as an early hoplite; (my headcanon is that, owing to her immense, perhaps semi-divine strength, the bronze is between 4 and 8mm thick- too much for any muscle powered weapon to handle from any angle) packing an early Doru, a Boeotian shield, and a Makhaira sword.
Gabrielle’s Amazonian outfit is a composite of Scythian grave finds; she wields a composite bow and Akinakes sword, wears an elaborate phrygian cap, and the trousers and moccasins of a culture seriously weird to Greeks.
Other avenues are still waiting to be explored! Don’t forget to reblog, and tell me what you think.
I’m absolutely willing to defend my questionable use of snarling Gorgoneiona. Fight me.


The Bowes Museum The Art of Dressing

“We filmed the highly acclaimed historical costume specialist Luca Costigliolo, dressing a model in an exact replica 1870’s dress, made by his students at the National School of Cinema in Rome. The video was subtitled to enhance visitor accessibility and is one of several audio visual pieces which Indigo created and produced for the new Fashion and Textile Gallery at The Bowes Museum.”



When You Taught Me How To Dance

When you taught me how to dance
Years ago with misty eyes
Every step and silent glance
Every move a sweet surprise

Someone must have taught you well
To beguile and to entrance
For that night you cast your spell
And you taught me how to dance

“When You Taught Me How to Dance” - Katie Melua

@jcstitches and I reached our 6th anniversary of being sentimental lovebirds!

Jen showed me the song, the inspiration for this piece, and we both thought of Sapphire singing it to Ruby. ❤ 💙  

Little Black Dresses: Mourning or Not?

because no, not every black Victorian dress is mourning

the basic rule of thumb is that mourning was meant to be simple, at times almost severe. trims would be kept to a minimum and be subtle when worn, often of black-on-black in deepest mourning. even as the stages of mourning progressed and white, gray, and purple began to sneak back into one’s wardrobe, gowns would often be far less ostentatious than those for everyday, non-mourning life. glossy/shiny fabrics in particular would not be used

mourning ball gowns are very rare. I won’t say they never ever occurred, because there was mourning ettiquette for attending a ball. but it was considered bad form to attend in deepest mourning and to dance in all but the very latest stage, especially for older or married ladies. and that same ettiquette also mentions the difference between wearing black to a ball as mourning vs. wearing it because you like black

for example, this 1860s ball gown is almost certainly not mourning. note the embroidered, peach-colored floral sprigs all over it

this 1878…looks like a dinner dress to me, although the description says day dress, by the House of Worth, is black but far from somber

look at the cuts, trims, and patterns of a black Victorian dress. are they conservative, or more flamboyant? if the latter, or if colors besides black, gray, white, lavender, and sometimes scarlet are used, it’s likely not mourning. ditto anything that’s black-on-black but made up in a shiny or glossy fabric; black-on-black would indicate deepest mourning if mourning it was, and in that stage (as I’ve said) shiny anything was Not Done

not all black dresses are created equal!