Blond lace, which also came in black but was still called blond, plays a considerable role in Silk is for Seduction, as it did in the 1830s. I've seen more evidence of it in French fashions, but it was popular in England, too. Though these fashions are from 1834, and my dressmaker stories are set in 1835, the year difference doesn't represent huge fashion changes, unlike the sudden shrinking of the giant sleeves that occurred in 1836, at the commencement of what I think of as the Droopy Fashion Era.
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.