period gown

"Girls are always changing clothes"

Actually you uneducated worm, girls used to have to do that back in the ol’ days. The reasoning is that during their periods, they didn’t have the resources to find wool or cloth as an absorbant for the blood, so they’d just have to let it soak their beautiful gown :,( and after each gown was deamed uncomfortable and/or unpresentable, they would change.
Like imagine that, you’re going to your quinceañera and your pantyhose just starts feeling really gross so u grAB ANOTHER GOWN Out of ur heckin??? Purse??? And change into it like wth how badass is that

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Alexandra Dowling as Queen Anne of France

TV: BBC The Musketeers (2014-2016)

Season 3

Costumes by Hayley Nebauer

Ensemble

Yves Saint Laurent

Fall/Winter 1976-1977

In the mid-1970s the relevance of haute couture was seriously debated. The political and social upheaval of the 1960s, the emergence of a plethora of creative ready-to-wear designers, and the increasing preference for a sportswear approach to dressing as represented by American fashion were among the shifts in lifestyles and taste that appeared to sound the death knell of the calcified and elitist world of the maisons de couture.

It was at this time that Yves Saint Laurent, haute couture’s preeminent practitioner, threw caution to the prevailing winds with a presentation of unrivaled fantasy and luxury. He called it his ‘Russian Collection,’ but his designs were Slavic only in their Oriental excess and opulence. Inspired by the Bakst costumes of the Ballets Russes, each ensemble appeared to be a repudiation of the informal, pared-down, and functional looks of the street. By employing all the techniques of the petites mains-those workshops of embroiderers, passementerie makers, lace weavers, feather workers, and jewelry makers-Saint Laurent revived the taste for elegant excess. Compared to the Art Deco spareness of the 1930s-revival crepe and jersey evening columns popular during the period, the Russian ball gowns were a sensory explosion of color, ornament, scale, and even sound, for each skirt was supported by a coordinated taffeta petticoat that announced the approach of its wearer with a dry rustle.

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Alexandra Dowling as Queen Anne

TV: BBC The Musketeers (2014-2016)

Season 3

Costumes by Hayley Nebauer