Life And Style: Hints On Matters Of Victorian Dress (Gentlemen’s Edition)

As we have already considered this matter for ladies, it seems only fair that we now turn our attention to the gentlemen. After all, dress is not a primarily female concern and it would be silly to pretend that no man has ever been perturbed by the sense that he has not quite ‘got it …

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Calling Cards: Beau Brummell

In June 1778, George Byron ‘Beau’ Brummell was born to a perfectly normal and non-descript family in Berkshire. Indeed, it is perhaps indicative of the boisterous nature of the present times that he rose up through Society (and then fell from it) in such a spectacular manner. Educated at Eton and then Oxford, Brummell began …

In-Depth: Fashion History and Exploring Everyday Life

Recently, I’ve found myself tweeting lots of pictures of beautiful clothes, rich fabrics and intricate needlework, all with the hashtag #fashionhistory. These pictures have been stunning to look at and admire. The dresses and shoes were made to be admired. They were made to draw the eye, the observers’ attention. But what can we learn …