long 19th century

Andrómede, 1886

Andrómede. Pronouncing your name has this magic ‘no-sé-qué’, it’s like the tip of my tongue can suddenly make wonders and my lips get together at the middle of the nominal into an eager kiss

Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873)
“Barbe Dmitrievna Mergassov Madame Rimsky-Korsakov” (1864)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France

[tolstoy voice] this is my napoleonic wars oc. his name is andrey and he’s hot and very depressed and he’s general kutuzov’s favorite adjutant. he’s also destined for inevitable doom

[thoughtful victor hugo voice] you know, what is it about the air of inevitable doom that makes young men so irresistibly hot

[both of them together, in a tone of highly concentrated disapproval] that napoleon, what a guy

[tolstoy voice] we may have both written long 19th century novels that prominently feature napoleon, bumbling young self-inserts, meditations on the nature of history, and general soapboxing, but we are NOT friends. Fuck the french 😡🖕🏻🇷🇺

[hugo voice] and yet we’ve got paris and you’ve only got saint petersburg… does your book have a sewer digression? thought not, Bitch 👴🏻💪🏻🇫🇷💖💅🏻

anonymous asked:

Have you ever done a top 10 list for outfits/monsters/whatever in CCS? I just really like your top 10 lists.

This is great news to me, because I love making them! Top 10 Clow Cards can be found here. Top 10 Cardcaptor Sakura outfits can be found below! 

10. I am here to grant your wish, unless your wish does not involve matching your hair accessories to your off-shoulder sleeves, in which case, get out of here (12)

9. In the future, everything is two-tone and everyone is battling trees (04)

8. Plenty of courage, I see. Not a bad mind, either. I know just what to do with you… better be… GRYFFINDOR! (15)

7. Just give me the biggest coat you have. (43)


5. In retrospect, I can see how the giant wad of cotton superglued to the butt was entirely necessary. (36)

4. Something about all this dark green and lavender together just screamed “tiny bat wings” (07)

3. Ambassador Epaulet has come to Earth, seeking resources for her planet’s dwindling supply of thigh-high boots (32)

2. Real princes carry 20 Pounds of extra fabric on their shoulders (42)

1. Sakura wears the clothes of her dead mother and never even knows it (16)

Honorable mention: BASIC ITEMS (06)

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
“Mother of Pearl and Silver: The Andalusian” (1888?-1900)
Oil on canvas
Located in The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

The model is Ethel Whibley, the artist’s secretary and sister-in-law.


It’s time again for FRIDAY FASHION FACT! A little while ago, I spoke about one of my favorite things- pajamas (read here). Coming in a close second on my list of most awesome things, as I’m sure many of you will agree, is lounge wear. Nowadays that typically means sweats or yoga pants (which I’m definitely not wearing right now, I don’t know what you’re talking about!) but in the 18th century, it was all about banyans!

What is a banyan? Short answer: it was a (typically silk) men’s robe. Longer answer? It was the first common form of lounge wear in Western societies. The style was derived from the robes worn by the upper class in the West Indies, as well as kimonos, Turkish robes, and other forms of Eastern dress. Colonists adopted the style and brought it back to England and France. While in the hot climates of the East, banyans were made out of lightweight cottons, in the West they were created out of rich silk brocades. In the comfort of their own homes, men would wear these loose garments over their shirts and breeches in lieu of their restrictive, tailored coats and waistcoats. They often paired the garments with Turkish inspired turbans.

Also known as a morning robe or robe de chambre, banyans became very symbolic for the upper class. It was only men of a certain means who would have the luxury of lounging about their home, not to mention having the ability to purchase such a frivolous garment. It also came to be associated with educated men, similar to academic robes. These learned men were “too busy” focusing on their studies to be bothered with fashion. It is because of these associations that posing in banyans became a popular theme in 18th century portraiture.

By the 19th century, various styles of banyans had been developed, including one that was quite structured, sort of going against it’s original intention. They were often made with matching waistcoats, for a more complete ensemble. Women naturally drew inspiration from banyans, creating their own forms of lounge wear. That, however, is a topic for another day.

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