The Crossroads of the Aether
The long C19th ( 1789-1914 ) seems to present major difficulties for the uninformed .
Attending anything approaching a formal occasion the Professor dresses in what he hopes is the style of the 1890s-Edwardian period . This has evoked remarks such as " ooh , Charles Dickens " and the suggestion that I was in costume rather than dressed in my normal clothing ( see above ) .
One recent observer nailed it with the remark : " How very Oscar Wilde " .
I hope it was meant kindly .
and nowadays Oscar Wilde gets mistaken for Willy Wonka...
I guess it could be worse - that Johnny Depp has a lot to answer for !
Since Wilde was famously particular in matters sartorial - with the rare excursion into mocking buttonholes - I would take that as a compliment any day.
I chose to take it that way .
Oscar might have muttered something about imitation being the most insincere form of flattery .
Ha! Yes - rococo, early Victorian, late Victorian, Edwardian, renaissance... all goes into one big lump sometimes.
If the skirt reaches the ankles it must be from the "olden days."
It was amazing when our elementary school performed "Fiddler on the Roof", in spite of sending out sketches and web links, what some parents sent in a costumes. Can you picture Russian peasants in tie-dye and mid-thigh skirts?
I do give folks some slack; The Victorians were into revivals of historical styles (the pre-Rafaelite artists, fancy dress balls, in amateur theatrics) and I have seen any number of Victorian etchings/prints of earlier art works that have an ineffable renaissance-victorian air. I think even some people who have some sense of history may get confused, having seen such hybrid images.
Ah yes, the Revivals. Good point - some quite interesting "confusions" came out of those, too! This thing below is from the 1890s.... with those sleeves and collar! Ha! It's rather ridiculous, but I confess I absolutely love it.
I love browsing the Met museum website, so many inspiring costumes *sigh*
Thank you for sharing that Professor. I love it too.
Someday I will learn to sew velvet.
Basting is your friend, keeps the layers from shifting, as velvet is especially wont to do.
Absurd perhaps, but absolutely stunning. I love it!
To be fair, I'm sure many of those sellers know what era their merchandise belongs to, and merely wish to attract as many viewers as possible. Some things can be adapted for different time periods depending on accessories, jackets, etc. And I'm sure they also want to attract the kind of buyers who just want something kind of old-fashioned looking and really aren't that picky.
Sometimes when l do a search for "Victorian" or "Steampunk" I find things that are really neither but are still interesting.