I pride myself on always having words to describe something and yet they have failed me, I feel at an utter loss to describe the glory of this gown.

The romantic in me notes the symbolism of the butterfly. The metamorphosis from a child to a married woman. This gown reverberates with life and brings tears to my eyes.

I worry that sometimes I am to sensitive. I find that in my line of work I often have to think of the costume as it’s own entity, wondering about the life of the person who these items once adorned lead to so many questions. Many times I have wished that I had not pursued those thoughts to find out more on their life. I have been moved to tears of sorrow and anger at the unfairness of the treatment of women who came before me. I have discovered that they were prisoners in their beautiful silks, ensnared in brightly woven textiles, pinned alive and struggling for all to admire until at last they accepted their crepe veils and widows weeds before leaving this plane a broken being.

Yet I find myself hoping with every fibre of my being that whoever this woman was she had a beautiful and happy life. That the butterfly that graced the bodice on her wedding gown symbolized more than decoration, that it was true freedom from the cocoon. I’ll never know for sure but I will hope.

Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum

c. 1890

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I would like to paint the way a bird sings.
— Claude Monet (via enchantedfox)

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 Constance Markievicz
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White Dress in Mythological Art.

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L’été by Rene Gerin (French, 1862-1895).

"Dolce Far Niente" (also known as "A Reclining Beauty") (1877) (detail) by Auguste Toulmouche (1829-1890).
Toilette (1877) by Jules James Rougeron (French, 1841-1880).
I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.
— Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (via enigmatic-being)

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Jane Eyre (2011)

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Belle + Costumes

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Jean-Honoré Fragonard, A Young Woman with a Garland of Roses Around her Neck (detail)
18th century



—Marie Antoinette (2006)

 Just so everyone is clear, the handsome Black man tutoring Marie Antoinette is Joseph Boulogne, classical musician extraordinaire whose work influenced Mozart’s. This has been your Western music history tidbit of the day. Adieu! 

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Library Porn

Admont Abbey Library, Austria

This is like the real life library from Beauty and the Beast

Wow so rare to see a library with a light color scheme.

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François Flameng: A reception at Malmaison, and details.


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