Christian IX, King of Denmark, with two of his daughters; Alexandra and Dagmar.
Princess Alice of Greece, aka the biggest bamf to have ever lived.
From Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece by Hugo Vickers. (via bulletproofjewels)
Wine bottle stoppers of the six wives of Henry VIII
dere you go
I just made this, and it’s pretty damn delicious.
Royal birthdays for today, September 19th:
Antoninus Pius, Roman Emperor, 86
Leo VI the Wise, Byzantine emperor, 866
Albert IV, Duke of Austria, 1377
Henry III, King of France 1551
Maria Teresa of Savoy, Duchess of Parma and Lucca, 1803
Maria Anna of Savoy, Empress of Austria, 1803
one of my favorite fashion history things ever is court dress during the regency era
When ladies (and gentlemen) appeared at Court on formal occasions they were required to wear Court Dress, which was a very formal, very specific type of garment that was not worn anywhere else. Rules of Court Dress were rigid and dictated by the current monarch or his Queen. During the Regency, those rules produced a type of female garment that appears perfectly ridiculous to modern eyes, but which was taken quite seriously by those who wore them and by the designers who made them.
The rules of Court directed that ladies should wear skirts with hoops and trains, and that white ostrich feathers be worn in the hair, attached to lappets which hung below the shoulders. These rules had been in place long before George III took the throne. In his predecessor’s day the skirts were enhanced with panniers that stood out very wide on either side, but leaving the front and back flat. The intent of such odd-looking dresses was to display a broad swath of beautifully embroidered fabric, some of which had pictorial or floral scenes that used the entire front of the skirt as a canvas.
Side panniers had been replaced by normal round hoops by the time George III came to the throne in 1760. In the last decade of the 18th century, the fashion for wide skirts began to evolve into the slim, vertical line associated with Regency dress. Queen Charlotte, however, held firm on the rules of Court Dress, and ladies were forced to adapt those rules to the current style, which produced a very odd-looking garment with the high-waist under the bosom and a full hoped skirt.
IT’S THE SILLIEST THING AND I LOVE IT
Tutankhamun is one of Egypt’s most famous Pharaohs. He came to the throne when he was about nine or ten, in 1333 B.C. He was the son of the infamous Akhenaten and one of his sisters, though it’s not certain which one, and her mummy is referred to as “The Younger Lady.” He was married to his half sister, Ankhesenamun, who was likely 5 or 6 years older than him.
They ruled Egypt together for only ten years, before Tutankhamun died mysteriously in 1323 B.C. Speculation over his death has run the gamut of crazy theories, and there is still no definite answer on just what happened to him. Some have suggested malaria killed him, and some suggested sickle cell disease. Others suggested murder by having his head bashed in, or a fall from a chariot causing a broken leg which became infected.
Whatever caused his death, he was quickly mummified and laid to rest in his now famous tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Some have speculated the tomb was originally intended for his eventual successor, Ay, because its’ small size is not the sort of tomb a Pharaoh would usually be buried in. Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun had two daughters together, but both were stillborn.
With his death, his widow was the only member of the royal family left alive. She wrote to the King of the Hittites, asking him to send her one of his sons to marry, because she was afraid and did not want to marry a subject of hers. The skeptical King eventually agreed, but the Prince was murdered en-route. Ankhesenamun was forced to marry Ay, who had been her husband’s adviser and was possibly her grandfather. She disappears from the historical record shortly after this. Tutankhamun’s tomb lay largely forgotten until its’ 1922 discovery by Howard Carter, which made the young Pharaoh a household name and a popular symbol of Ancient Egypt around the world.
Favourite Screen Costumes || Marie’s french transformation outfit (Marie Antoinette 2006)
Costumes by: Milena Canonero