Next week, we're trying something a bit different here at the blog. Think of it as a historical fashion mini-series. I'll be attending the "Costume Accessories: Head to Toe" symposium sponsored by Colonial Williamsburg and the Costume Society of America, and I'll be blogging each evening. Since the lecture and workshop topics will cover both men's and women's accessories (including hats, wigs, purses, handkerchiefs, muffs, pockets, stockings, jewelry, and, of course, shoes) from 1650 to 1850, there will be the proverbial embarrassment of riches for me to cover. And, as always, plenty of pictures! Look for my first post late Sunday evening.
Now, if you take a peek over to the right, you'll see we've also just posted the cover to Loretta's next historical romance, Silk is for Seduction, which will be released in July, 2011. In addition to Loretta's customary story-telling wonderfulness (I can say that not only as her friend, but as a die-hard Loretta Chase fan, too), the new book promises to be a special treat for all of us who love historical dress. The heroine is a brilliantly talented dressmaker in early 19th c. London, and I can't wait to see how many of the delicious fashion plates that Loretta has posted here on our blog will have found their way into her story. Check out Loretta's own blog for more details.
Above: Mantua-maker Sarah Woodyard displays 18th c. accessories for sale in the Margaret Hunter Shop, Colonial Williamsburg
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.