10th February 1840 - Queen Victoria's Wedding Dress
As many people know, it is said that Victoria started the trend of wearing a white coloured dress on your wedding day. However, not many know how complicated the journey was that had it come to be.
In the early of planning her wedding, Lord Melbourne suggested that she might wear her royal robes of state, as she mentions in her diary -
They talked about me wearing my robes, but I thought not.
She made it clear that her wedding was not like others of the time, where it was all for advancement and gain, with no thought of romantic preference. Her wedding was a personal affair; she was marrying for love.
In the end, Victoria would design her own dress, as well as her bridesmaids’ dresses. She had her dress made entirely of British materials, as was well publicised at the time. This was a political move, as she was showing to foreign powers just what her country had to offer and that she was still representing Britain. The silk was woven in Spitalfields, East London and the lace was handmade in Devon. Finally, the outfit was sewed together by Victoria’s own dressmaker, a Mrs Bettans, with the pattern being destroyed afterwards to prevent the dress being replicated.
The finished garment would include a bodice, the waist pointed over a full, pleated skirt with full puffed sleeves and a round neck, all made of Spitalfields white silk satin. The train was immense, measuring 18 feet and edged with orange blossom spays (orange blossom being a symbol of fertility). Orange blossom would feature a lot on her person, as her wreath above her veil (which was 12 feet long) was made of it and it trimmed her dress. She also wore matching satin shoes (see two above), and a blue sapphire brooch at her breast which was a wedding gift from Albert. In her diary, on her wedding day of the tenth of February 1840, she described her whole outfit as thus -
I wore a white satin dress, with a deep flounce of Honiton lace, an imitation of an old design. My jewels were my Turkish diamond necklace & earrings & dear Albert’s beautiful sapphire brooch
Victoria did not wear her actual wedding dress for the whole day, as when she returned to Buckingham Palace after the service and wedding breakfast she withdrew to change into ‘a white silk gown trimmed with swansdown and a white bonnet with orange flowers’, an outfit very similar to her original ensemble. Years later, Victoria would allow her favourite daughter Beatrice (who would be one of the queens few close companions in her widowhood) to wear her wedding veil at her own wedding in 1885 (see photograph below). She would be the only daughter of Victoria allowed this special privilege. In addition later still, Victoria would be buried wearing her lace veil, in 1901
Featured Image Emily Blunt as Victoria on her wedding day, The Young Victoria 2009 Sources - Becoming Queen, Kate Williams Historic Royal Places Photograph #3 by Daily Mail
So I know a lot of people have been collectively screaming/crying after the end of Maggie Stiefvater’s incredible quartet. But the biggest question seems to be: What to read next? A lot of recommendations have been floating around tumblr, so I decided to compile them here for everybody.
The Foxhole Court: Chances are, you’ve already read this series. But if you haven’t, you should. Neil Josten transfers to a new college to play a pretty rough sport called exy (sort of like rugby). While he’s there, he gets wrapped up in the relationships and drama of his new teammates, and the dynamic is pretty interesting. It’s heavily character-based, with a lot of “found family” trope and beautiful writing. The first book is free on iTunes!
The Secret History: This book by Donna Tartt has been compared a lot to The Raven Cycle, and with good reason. The writing style and themes are very similar, as well as the enigmatic but intriguing cast of characters. Richard is a struggling college student who enrolls in the Latin program at a private college. His classmates - only 5 of them - drag him into their obsession with Greek and Roman culture, which involves a lot of drugs, alcohol, hookups, and murder. It’s more of the “found family” trope with a lot more mystery on the side. While it’s an internationally recognized and loved novel, it’s a lot more adult than most of the books on the list, just be aware.
Aristotle and Dante Discovery the Secrets of the Universe: This is another popular. It explores the relationship and lifestyles of two Hispanic 15-year-olds as they come to learn about the world, themselves, and the people around them. While a more somber novel, Aristotle and Dante’s friendship is amazing. The book also deals with the problems of discovering one’s identity, especially considering race and sexuality.
The Captive Prince: Lots of courtly politics in this one! In the fictional land of Vere, Damen has been denied his role in government by his half-brother. He is thrown together with the deadly and suspicious Prince Laurent in his grapple for power. More LGBT romance here, but again, there’s a lot of adult themes, especially concerning sex. Very good writing, very character-driven.
The Song of Achilles: A different take on the relationship between the famous Trojan characters Achilles and Patroclus, Madeline Miller portrays their relationship through the Trojan War as romantic rather than platonic, and has been praised for doing so. While the writing is more simplistic than most people expect, the relationship between the two protagonists is portrayed beautifully. Even Rick Riordan is a huge fan.
If anyone has any other recommendations for this list, I’d love to hear them. Additionally, if anyone has any questions (or just wants to yell about books), I’d love to talk!
Celebrate black history month by watching the works of these 10 history-making directors
6 to 10:
Best Known For: Being the first black woman to direct a movie for a major studio in 1989, bringing Marlon Brando out of retirement to act in her film A Dry White Season and directing him to an Oscar nomination.
Edit: I feel the need to add that I had this song on repeat for a week straight before I even began making this wonderful creation. It was all I listened to for a whole day at work….. I’ll never get it out of my head now….
I just unfollowed a bunch of inactives and other blogs that didn’t really fit the general theme/aesthetic of this blog so I’m looking for a ton of people to follow (probably 50-100) so please reblog this if you post:
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