Fun historical fashion finds from the internets and real life
A little on mourning
Mourning fashion became a booming business in the Victorian era after the death of Prince Albert. Queen Victoria remained in mourning dress until her death some 40 years later. Royalty has always inspired fashion. We're still looking to British royalty, in particular, for their fashion. It's part of the obsession with royal weddings, after all.
I love a good Victorian look (as long as I don't actually have to be in it lol). I found out while looking into this phenomenon that because of Queen Victoria, the sale of crepe alone made manufacturers fortunes. Crepe is the fabric most frequently used in making mourning-wear.
Let me get to the part I really enjoy which are the images! For the mourning dress lovers, below are some pieces I found on Etsy.
Sold by swampYankee, $42 |
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Brooch sold by histoireancienne, $125 |
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Earrings sold by AntiqueSalon, $139 | Click the image to go directly to the earring product page.
Mourning dress sold by SGHANTIQUECLOTHING, $592.96 | Click the image to go directly to product page.
French cape sold by VintageClothingDream, $825 | Click the image to go directly to product page.
Mourning blouse sold by CorvusandBlack, $79.06 | Click the image to go directly to product page.
THE WONDERS OF THE ESSE PURSE MUSEUM
Purses, hats, and glasses. Oh my!
This past Sunday, I decided to FINALLY visit the Esse Purse Museum which I pass at least once a week on my way to a local eatery. Located in the SOMA district of downtown Little Rock, the Esse Purse Museum touts a collection of historical women's couture, in particular, purses. I guess it took me a while to stop in because a purse museum doesn't sound terribly exciting off hand. I found that the Esse museum was much more than just a purse museum though. The museum was teeming with historical accessories that any fashionista would die to see.
Here's a list of some of the top highlights for me (in no particular order).
Obviously I had to list purses as number one. It is a purse museum after all. The museum allows for photography but I didn't want to spoil the fun of exploring the museum yourselves so I've just taken one photo of the actual purse collection. That image is below.
The collection ranged from casual handbags to formal clutches. And if you're a vintage luggage lover like I am, then you'll enjoy their line up of baggage.
2. Purse contents through the 20th century
The museum's website lives up to their statement "See evolution of 20th-century American woman through the bags she carried and their contents." The exhibit is organized by glass enclosures representing each decade of the 20th century. Within the enclosures are typical purses of the decade and authentic items that would have been inside.
So I've listed the contents as #2 in this article but like I said at the beginning "in no particular order" because these miscellaneous items were the freaking coolest part of the entire museum. There were a variety of cigarette holders, including a telescopic holder that shrank down to the size of a teeny tiny lipstick. Some other cool accessories included old voter registration cards, ration books, and old timey deodorant. Who doesn't want to see what old timey deodorant looked like?!
Check out some of the images I captured.
I'm a glasses girl. I've never worn contacts partly because I'm terrified of foreign objects in my eyes but mostly because they're my favorite accessory. I own four pairs and each one is funkier than the last. When I don't have my glasses on, my face looks completely alien to me. All that to lead into the spectacular vintage glasses that were on display. But not only vintage glasses that were part of the exhibit, but also on sale in their store. They had a phenomenal collection of vintage inspired eye wear for all you glasses nerds.
In the exhibit, there were some everyday glasses, opera glasses, riding goggles, and some fancy pants spectacles. Take a look at some of the glasses I got snaps of.
The Esse Purse Museum was really fun for me and I'm kind of laughing at myself for taking so long to visit. If you're ever in the Little Rock area and you love fashion, then you should go by and see what they have on exhibit. They're current temporary exhibit is a collection of Girl Scouts uniforms, bags, and other accessories spanning a better part of the 20th century. I believe that will be available until some time in August 2019.
I also want to say that I'm not affiliated with the Esse museum and make no money for talking them up. :)
Random last note: they have paper dolls! My friend that went with me thought I was ridiculous but I loved paper dolls as a child and love that they had 20s and 40s fashion-inspired paper dolls.
Alright, I'm out! Have a spectacular day and remember to live life in clothes that make you feel like a dime every day.