Thursday, December 1, 2011

Italian Renaissance - The Borgias

This lovely gown, inspired by the Italian Renaissance, was created by Slds275 of Ebay. After examining a few paintings from the period and the gorgeous costumes from the new Showtime series, The Borgias, I realize now that I should have oriented the ties on the sleeves to the bottom or sides and puffed out the white under dress a little more.

The Italian Renaissance was one of my favorite history classes in college. Ah, the humanists, the art, and the wonderfully distinct city-states. Unfortunately, it was also a very corrupt time in church history, and most of Italy was fractured into clans, despite it's immense wealth from trade.

I have finished watching Showtime's The Borgias via Amazon streaming. I must admit Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander VI is deliciously evil, and I do enjoy the plotting of Cesare Borgia (pope's son), who was famous for being the model of Machiavelli's prince. The actress that plays Lucrezia Borgia (the pope's daughter) is very beautiful. She's a bit too innocence, but you can see why her contemporaries described her as seeming to "walk on air". SHe has an ethereal, other-worldly quality to her.

Whatever you though, don't watch the Netflix version Borgias: Faith and Fear, which is a totally different production from Showtime and quite terrible. I'm not usually a prude, but yeesh. I know during the Renaissance, the cardinals were a bit power hungry, but I doubt they would have had open fist fights. The scene in which Cardinal Borgia becomes Pope Alexandra VI, he basically looks up (at God?) screaming "YES!!!!! FINALLY!!!!" Then he turns to other cardinals and says "Sorry, I just had to do that." Ok, I exaggerate. It was pretty bad though. They portray Lucrezia Borgia is an airhead, which makes me grimace since the real historical figure spoke and wrote in five languages, including Latin and Greek and became a power wielder in her own right. Even if they didn't follow the historical figure real character, the screen writers could have dived into literature, portraying her as a femme fatale.

The above is Titian's Bella, but you can see more paintings here:

Lucrezia Borgia (Borgias, Showtime)

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lavender Dress from Meet Molly

This lavender dress, inspired by an illustration from "Meet Molly", was made by Dollies' Dressmaker. In the illustration, Molly's family reads a letter from Dad who is a doctor stationed in England during WWII.