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I hope you all sleep well tonight. Let’s make the world a slightly better place tomorrow. “Sleeping Girl” by unknown artist, attributed to Domenico Fetti or Sigismondo Coccapani. Circa 1620. Via Szépművészeti Múzeum.Portrait of a young woman with a fan from the Ecole Provençale. This more simplistic dress was a popular contrast to opulent rococo style.Another gorgeous piece of undergarment history- elaborately embroidered stocking, circa 1900. ViaIt’s #LeapDay! Traditionally, on February 29th, typical gender roles could be reversed and women were “allowed” to propose to men. In the early 20th Cent., this scenario became popular fodder for cartoonists, with varying levels of offensiveness... More:A gown that has it all- an exquisite floral brocade, pearl beaded appliqués, lace trim, and of course, plenty of shirring. Via Whitaker Auctions.DidYouKnow that Jewish designers revolutionized Preppy clothing? Learn more in this video byWeekends call for loungewear, and this 1930s paisley ensemble is perfect for the occasion!Like today, some fashion was a point of feminist contention- empowering or objectifying? Like the hobble skirt:Next level cold shoulder, blending a swimsuit &evening dress! Photo by Roger Prigent for Vogue-May 1, 1954Attn seamstresses, cosplayers, dress historians &vintage enthusiasts! 83,500 vintage patterns now available online:Ultimate vintage glamour. Photo by Peter Stackpole for the May 13, 1943 issue ofExquisite “Bedouins” watercolor by John Singer Sargent, created between 1905-06 during the artist’s five month visit to Jerusalem, Beirut, and Syria.1920s portrait postcard of actor and artist Paul Swan, who in his early career was billed as “The Most Beautiful Man in the World.” Via Dix.Remember the goth and bubblegum Victorian women I posted back in January? They have kids now. Fashion plate, c.1874.This extraordinary metal handbag was made in Northern Iraq way back circa 1300. It is thought to be the world’s oldest surviving handbag! It's inlaid with gold and silver scenes depicting Mongol court life. Click for details:“A Jewish Woman of Gibraltar” by John Frederick Lewis, part of his “Sketches of Spain” series engraved by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, 1836.I find this c1836 portrait of La señora de Delicado de Imaz by Vicente López utterly fascinating. While most portraits seem to glorify the subjects to varying extents, López portrayed his sitter with what is assumed to be mirror-like accuracy.Six stunning 18th Century rings caked in diamonds, rubies, pearls, and more, likely owned by the Portuguese royal family. Because there's no such thing as too many rings Via New Greenfil, Lisbon.On WorldEmojiDay, shoutout to Harvey Ball who created the original yellow smiley in 1963. Follow his mission to "help one person smile"Optical illusions were fairly popular in the late Victorian Era, including those with macabre skull imagery. Still, this seems like an odd choice for a shoe ad.An iconic image for good reason. Charles James gowns photographed by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, June 1948. Models include Marilyn Ambrose, Dorry Adkins, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Andrea Johnson, Lily Carlson, & Dorian Leigh. They stand in French & Company's 18th Century paneled room.George Barbier’s decadent Art Deco illustrations portrayed strong women indulging in fashion and in life, such as this 1925 couple. The cheeky title “Le Feu” (“Fire”) clearly refers to more than just the fireworks.There are few pre-18thC extant pieces, but thanks to portraits like this by Pourbus the Younger, we can see details down to the stitching."An Elegant Lady". Lovely portrait by Alphonse Marie de Neuville, 1874.How to approach Mondays- A lesson in sartorial dominance by Marlene Dietrich. Wrap designed by Travis Benton, c1935.Lovely circa 1865 silk taffeta afternoon dress, viaAn unidentified young lady by Fyodor Rokotov, circa 1760. Check out those earrings!Madeleine Vionnet showed that black is anything but boring by using sheer illusion skirts to highlight playful patterns, as seen in these 1930s gowns.When you want to get in the Halloween spirit but don't want to wear a costume...Officially going full spooky season from now through Halloween. Myrna Loy proves a classic costume never goes out of style in this witchy photo shoot, circa 1929.Christian Dior's post-war New Look designs were all about volume and classic femininity, as perfectly encompassed in this 1948 evening gown design, illustrated by Pierre Mourgue.1921 Monsieur magazine ad for dressing gowns, perfect to wear over suits in gentlemens smoking parlors.Broncho Bill, cowboy interpreter of the Sioux, & his family, part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West, c1890. More:Stunning pearl beaded satin and cotton velvet court gown, circa 1897, owned by Princess Ramisindrazana, aunt and political advisor to Queen Ranavalona III of Madagascar. See more details;Alexander Roslin was a master at depicting textiles. This 1771 triple portrait of King Gustav III of Sweden (in gold) and his brothers Prince Frederick Adolf (standing) and Prince Charles (later Charles XIII, in red) shows the exquisite details of 18th century men’s court dress.A lace collar is always impressive, but Margherita Gonzaga, Princess of Mantua, took it to the next level by trimming hers with charms. Portrait by Frans Pourbus the Younger, circa 1610.On IndigenousDay remember in fashion cultures shld be celebrated-not appropriated. Learn more on the complex issue:https://t.co/vMdrBvDsBjThe always glamorous Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, poses for a portrait by Bassano Ltd in October 1932. ViaPerfect for winter! 1909 fur trimmed princess gowns. Flawless tailoring shows of the tight corsetry.These two similar pairs of brocaded satin boots prove that decorative silks weren't just for gowns! Both circa 1889, viac1910 fashion model or Tim Burton character? You be the judge!100 years ago, waiting for the clock to strike midnight for the start of 1919!Mood.Throwback to the dazzling display of heels at the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition held at @peabodyessex a few years ago, a show that was originated at @V_and_A. Which is your favorite?Watercolor portrait of Olga Fersen in all the volume of the Romantic Era. By Pyotr Fyodorovich Sokolov, 1829.Ipswich DeLuxe Hosiery had beautifully illustrated ads in the 1910s and 20s, but their witchy ads are just so fun! The best part? They weren’t all Halloween ads! More:George Barbier’s 1924 Seven Deadly Sins series makes the bad look good. Which is your favorite? L’Avarice (Greed), l’Envie (Envy), la Luxure (Lust), la Paresse (Sloth), la Colère (Wrath), la Gourmandise (Gluttony), and l’Orgueil (Pride).ChagSameach and #HappyPassover! A young liberated Jewish girl in the JDC-supported Berlin-Mariendorf DP Camp enjoys some matzah with Captain J. Robbins, Jewish Chaplain for Berlin, c1946.Lady Frances Montagu in the astonishing bridesmaid gown she wore to Princess Ann's wedding,1734Don’t mind me, I’ll just be spending my day drooling over this 1920s platinum set aquamarine and ruby ring. ViaThe always elegant Empress Elisabeth of Austria, aka Sissy, shows off her impossibly sleek silhouette c.1898.Happy Chinese New Year! It may not be the year of the tiger, but don't tell this cutie- he's all dressed up and ready to celebrate! Circa 1917-19, Beijing. Via Duke University Digital Library.I just adore this photo of a couple skating in Central Park, circa late 1880s. Via Underwood Archives.Glittering enamel and opal peacock brooch by George Edward Hunt, circa 1930. Via Tadema Gallery.We don’t typically associate the 1920s with wide, voluminous skirts, but Jeanne Lanvin would have you think otherwise! She was a master at blending the Art Deco styling of the day with the romantic bell-shaped silhouettes of the past.Did people really wear what they wore in portraits? Find out in #FridayFashionFact!This dress. I love this dress. The rich jewel tones are just perfect. Mid 1880s, via John Bright Collection.Happy Birthday Halston! See his glamorous gowns:Burlesque dancer and actress Faith Bacon, billed at the peak of her career as "America's Most Beautiful Dancer", circa 1930.Elsa Schiaparelli's signature color was shocking pink. She described it as "life-giving, like all the light and the birds and the fish in the world put together..." Her collab with Cutex created vivid polish shades to pair with her hot pink designs.Embroidered & drawnwork lace veil, c. mid 19th Cent. Don't you wish you could wear this everyday?Historical fancy dress is often a fantastic blend of fashion eras such as w/ this 1890s gown:https://t.co/uCHM4t0cs6

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