The Ten Bells is a historic pub located at the corner of
Commercial Street and Fournier Street in London. It’s most likely most notable
for its association with infamous serial killer, Jack the Ripper. Two victims
of this elusive killer, Annie Chapman and Mary Jane Kelly, were frequent guests
of the pub. The two sex-workers would often pick up clients outside the Ten
On the evening of 7 September, 1888, Annie finished off her
drink and walked out into the chilly winter air. Little did she know, she would
be Jack the Ripper’s next victim. The following morning, her bloody and
mutilated body was discovered on Haybury Street.
It’s no surprise that there is a plethora of paranormal
activity reported from the Ten Bells. Staff and guests alike have recalled
seeing an elderly man clad in Victorian-era clothing loitering around the pub before
disappearing, seemingly into thin air. Ohers have reported that when the clock strikes midnight on 31
December, a shadowy figure can be seen jumping from Westminster Bridge. This
shadowy figure is said to be Jack the Ripper himself.
It’s FRIDAY FASHION FACT! If you have been
reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that one of my favorite
aspects of fashion history is the influence of society on dress. I can’t
believe I haven’t written about today’s topic yet, since it is one of
the best examples of this! We’re talking tea gowns!
gowns rose to popularity in the late 1870s, reaching widespread
popularity throughout the late 19th to early 20th centuries. To put it
simply, a tea gown is an informal garment worn in the house- you guessed
it- at tea time, though later they were worn at dinnertime as well.
What is so interesting about tea gowns is that their creation was a
direct result of the rapidly changing society of the time.
Industrial Revolution led to a dramatic rise in urbanization.
Naturally, this congested setting shifted social customs. Increased
social circles meant increased social obligations. Visiting a friend or
acquaintance for tea quickly became one of the most popular social
calls, namely because it was the shortest. Custom dictated that one
would not stay for more than half an hour for tea. The short time frame
meant a less formal atmosphere.
On a different note, during this same time, there
was a strong Asian influence on design. Due to the 1868 Meiji Restoration, trade lines between Japan and Europe opened up, bringing a steady stream of Japanese goods to the Western world. Using these pieces, homes were decorated in the
exotic style. Kimonos also held a fascination among the Victorians,
many adopting them as dressing gowns. Women would commonly host members of their wide social circles in their homes (particularly the parlors) to show off their
creative interpretation of Asian and exotic inspired design. So how does this all connect to the
To begin with, women desired a specific garment for these new abridged social calls- something relatively informal, yet still fashionable. Tea gowns have been described as a blend between a dressing gown and an evening gown. They were a far more relaxed style
than the majority of fashions at the time. They were often loose
fitting, and were often worn without the usual restrictive shapewear-
namely bustles and (gasp!) corsets. Naturally, this meant that tea gowns
were a very controversial garment, with many condemning them as lewd
and immoral. Of course, many women who were so accustomed to wearing
corsets still wore them with tea gowns, but disguised it with a loose
bodice. Since they were so relaxed, though, a lady would never leave the
house in a tea gown. As a result, only the hostess would wear one,
while guests would wear afternoon or visiting gowns.
One of the
biggest appeals of the loose tea gown was that they were so easy to put
on, and a lady could dress herself without the help of a lady’s maid.
While the structure of tea gowns were simple, though, their design was
anything but. Women pulled inspiration from the exotic into their gowns,
often aiming to match the design of their parlors. There was also a
strong historical influence in many tea gowns. Watteau pleats, the
cape/train-like pleats used in 18th century robes a la française, were a
popular design element. Some tea gowns would be made to look like two
garments, a faux-robe over a dress. As with all fashions of the day,
ladies would show of their wealth through their tea gowns, using rich
fabrics, lace trims, ruffles, and other embellishments.
fashion developed, so did the tea gown. By the Edwardian Age, they
became difficult to distinguish from other styles of dress. As society
changed through the 1920s and 30s, the tea dress slowly faded from
popularity, vanishing altogether by World War II. It just goes to show
how the life and death of a fashion can all be directly related to
shifts in society!
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Servamp AUs yet to be seen but would like to see (in my opinion)
WARNING: LONG (?) POST
Alice in Wonderland AU (like LEGIT not-subtle AU with Misono and the others)
China AU (fight me with this, but I can’t erase the thought of Kuro wearing a Chinese outfit and eating dim sum so casually with Mahiru lecturing from the background)
Idol AU (it’s a thing, I know, but can someone please get onto this? I want to read deep, dark emo drama sh!t)
Daycare AU (where Mamahiru is canon and he babysits everyone else who are just little kids [Where has THIS been in the fandom??])
Prison AU (suddenly thinking of Nanbaka)
Pokemon AU (we all know Licht will totally be on board with catching all the fairy Pokemon in the entire universe)
Spiritual AU (I can just imagine the dark/tragic scenes combined with hurt/comfort between the Servamps and Eves)
Sports AU (apparently the volleyball thing in the drama CDs is a thing, so why not go Haikyuu on this?)
Victorian AU (*fan of Victorian era clothes* I just want to see my sons wear them!)
(Insert fairy tale AU)
RPG AU (I’m surprised there hasn’t been official art of this or something. I honestly thought this could’ve been a legit thing!)
Animal/Pet AU (join us furries ‘til your demise! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA *chokes*)
Restaurant/Cafe AU (yes, this is also a thing, with Mahiru and the others wearing waiter uniforms, but can this be put into a fanfic or something??)
Mafia AU (I just got hit with Katekyo Hitman Reborn nostalgia)
Fashion AU (have you SEEN the recent winter collection? Good lord, Yumi can rock those heels like a boss!)
*Forgets to mention this but was too lazy to fix*
(Insert sport AU) (‘cuz in case you don’t know, the male cast have voiced in at least one sport anime [and strangely it fits in character??? *Connects Licht and Haru’s (AKA that one swimming anime) seiyuu together* …Hot darn.])
Futuristic AU (hey, I like techy style also. Kuro would most likely be suitable wearing them. Plus, imagine Mahiru with a hoverboard and it’ll be perfect)
(Female) Mahiru X reverse harem AU (‘cuz why tf not? Go MahiMahi!)
Honorable Mentions already included in the fandom/serie:
Ice-skating “Yuri On Ice” AU
Age AU (*looks at a certain someone* no pressure or anything)
Reverse AU (Eve = Servamp, Servamp = Eve)
Servamp Academy AU
Noragami AU (no really, there’s this one post that mentioned it)
Red Riding Hood AU
Feel free to include your own. I want to see how many of us want to see the different versions of Servamp.
P.S: I might just start drawing one of these AUs just for my own amusement. Everyone is free to join in the fun. :D
emo slitherin? idk what do you think that would be like? i love your blog btw x3
Naww thank you sugar! I’m glad you love it. Makes my day to hear that people like it. I hope you like my answer.
I think that it would almost be hard to be an emo Slytherin because of the rep Slytherin house already has? Like we live in the dungeons, have a moody common room with the great lake providing a greenish glow, our colours are green black and silver and we have a rep of being dark.
But Emo Slytherins:
Constant eye rolls,
Heavy eyeliner that is perfectly executed,
Probably the ones to change up their uniforms to have dark grey/black lace or ribbon as a statement,
Love victorian era inspired clothes,
Boots over heels,
Always in massive sweaters,
Loud emotional music,
their wardrobe is mostly in dark colours if not greys and blacks,
Dark red lipsticks, mauves and purples,
Facial piercings and bangs,
Very creative, secretly of course, but in that kind of beautifully, heartbreakingly sad sort of artistic way