Historic Costume

Jeanne-and-Abel-Poisson-(Mme-Pompadour)

Jeanne Antoinette Marquise de Pompadour – Woman of Influence

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French painter François Boucher produced many of the images we have of Jeanne Antoinette, Marquise de Pompadour, official Mistress of King Louis XV of France

Amorini in a wallpainting in the Casa Vettii at Pompeii

Love Jewellery – Rome to Renaissance Pt 1

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A belief gold and gemstones had an effect on the affairs of many has not been limited to any culture and tokens of human affection were jewelled objects of love

Hollywood Costume – The Art of Becoming to New Frontiers

Hollywood Costume – The Art of Becoming to New Frontiers

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Hollywood Costume the Winter Masterpiece Exhibition at ACMI in Melbourne is presenting the costumes worn by characters we have admired at the movies 1912-2012

In Fine Style – Art of Tudor & Stuart Court Fashion on Show

In Fine Style – Art of Tudor & Stuart Court Fashion on Show

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In Fine Style at the Queen’s Gallery explores the costume worn by British monarchs during the 16th and 17th centuries through portraits in the Royal Collection

Muquets – Men of Good Birth

Muquets – Men of Good Birth

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Under Louis XIII (1601-1643) in France economic progress grew and it became harder to distinguish a person’s rank. The different ranks in society were equally well dressed and everyone aspired to carrying a sword.  A contemporary observed that Parisians no longer seemed able to live without ribbons or laces or,…

Decorative Devices

Decorative Devices

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Fashion imposed on costume dictates and reflects the changes and concerns of a society in any one place at any one time. During the 15th and 16th century in Italy an outpouring of art and economic growth was reflected in the textiles worn. There were rich tapestries, brocades with gold…

Coco Chanel – Costume & Culture

Coco Chanel – Costume & Culture

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Costume remains both a changing and eternal form of human expression. The androgynous, yet sexy, woman of the 1920’s enjoyed heavy make up in the form of bright red lipstick, white powdered and heavy black pencil strokes around the eyes. It gave her face an exotic, mysterious appearance enhanced by…

Dressed for Action

Dressed for Action

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Costume encompasses all we wear, including jewellery, hats, gloves, shoes, accessories and the previously unmentionable undergarments.  Fashion is imposed on costume, dictating and reflecting the changes and concerns of a society in any one place at any one time. Costume projects our beliefs both religious and spiritual, while aesthetically conveying…

Costume and Society

Costume and Society

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There are many theories on the origins of costume, which can be viewed as distinct from clothing. One could say clothing has to do with covering the body to protect it for purposes of modesty, extremes of natural elements or a physical reason, such as protective clothing for industry or…

Costume, a footnote to culture in Downton Abbey and The King’s Speech

Costume, a footnote to culture in Downton Abbey and The King’s Speech

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Costume is, and remains an important footnote to culture. It is both a changing and eternal form of human expression. In the new English series Downton Abbey, which we recently reviewed, the costumes for both men and women are truly superb, mostly tailor made for its bevvy of actors both upstairs and down.