We’ve been keeping busy during these trying times and below are some recent fashions photos that we took in our backyard:
And sporting a more outdoors look… 🙂
It kind of looks like Hjo Sweden but it’s not…And of course, the obligatory selfie while getting reading… 😉
I‘m resting from ruffling this week, because Adam needs some new suits. Cashmere wools from London, silk and wool blends from LA, luscious linings, and some foulard silks for neckwear. Restraint is harder than it sounds, because I instinctively want to put bows on everything!
It’s been awhile since we’ve posted in regard to men’s wear so here’s something that should remedy this. During the late 19th Century, the frock coat was one of the basics of men’s wardrobe, serving as both a garment formal as well as an everyday business coat. Just to set the stage, here’s an example of the frock coat in everyday use, albeit by way of a painting by Renoir:
Edgar Renoir At The Stock Exchange, 1878 – 1879
And for an extant example:
Frock Coat & Trousers, c. 1876; Kansas State University Museum (KSUM 1986.41.2 ab)
Compared to the 1850s/1860s version, this frock coat is tailored, following the lines of the human body in smooth, somewhat relaxed fashion.
I decided to use some of the magnificent yardage we’ve acquired on our trips to Europe to work and so here’s a shirt that I made utilizing an interesting cotton shirting that I found in London last year. This is a standard men’s shirt, circa 1880s-early 1900 that I just finished. Time to make a fashion statement the next time I’m in Tombstone!
First, the shirt (the camera really makes the colors pop)…
And the original fabric…
After many adventures in and around Bath, we finally reached the high point of our trip to the UK- the Prior Attire Ball! 🙂 Held in the historic Bath Assembly Rooms, the ball lasts for four and a half hours and features various historic set dances as well as waltzes and polkas. In between, a buffet supper is served and there’s a bar. The Assembly Rooms were designed in 1769 and opened in 1771 and were intended as a social center for Bath’s upper crust visitors (to include royalty) who would descend on the town in droves (today, the Fashion Museum Bath is located in the basement of the Assembly Rooms). There are actually a series of rooms of which only one was used for the dancing and the others for the attendees to eat and socialize.
And here’s me…
Because we were staying in a hotel just up the street from the Assembly Rooms, it was a quick easy walk in clear whether (no threat of rain) thus we were not burdened with having to deal with taxis and all that (try stuffing people wearing ballgowns into a Prius- not fun!). Here’s Karin upon arrival:
With all the dancing and such, we didn’t have an opportunity to get many photos but trust us when we say that it was a magical evening and it was well worth the effort getting to Bath. 🙂