Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tudor Renaissance Outfit

And just for fun, look at that detail!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Les Miserables Cosette Dress

I am super excited for the new Les Miserables movie coming out this Christmas. I just love the costumes already:

In the novel, Victor Hugo conspicuously, colorfully overdressed Cosette to the point of bad taste to illustrate that Valjean was overindulging her, and that Cosette, with no mother or other girls to guide her, was highly isolated from the rest of society. I think only in the French version of Les Miserables do they really capture that plot point in the dress.

But most years Les Miserables ran on Broadway, Cosette wore what I called the doily dress:

Not until the 25th Anniversary Les Miserables Concert, do we see something with way bigger sleeves, and in a color wealthy, young girl would have liked.

Claire Danes as Cosette in the Liam Neeson version. (I can't believe the little cherub is now portraying a wild-eyed, fouled-mouth stalker/CIA agent on the show Homeland.)

Virginia Ledoyen as Cosette in the French 2000 mini-series. I love the dress she is wearing. But um, can I just say I also have a girl-crush on her? Something about the French...

More costume photos from the movie can be seen here.

Here's a 1830s dress that Cosette might wear.

Description from the original listing written by ThimblesandAcorns: "By the 1830s sleeves became a new focal point. They grew to exaggerated proportions and combined with the large bell shaped skirts they worked together to further diminished the appearance of the waistline. There were at least a dozen different styles of sleeves for day wear with romantic names such as "Cavalier", "Donna Maria", "Sultan" and "Medici". This dress features a Gigot style sleeve also known by its less refined name as the leg-o-mutton sleeve. The fabric is a 19th Century reproduction print and the skirt is calf length, which was the appropriate length for a pre-teen girl during the Victorian Era."

Photographed without a crinoline...

What's your favorite outfit featured in the Miniature Historian?

I have to make space in my doll closet. But my dolls all love their outfits. Which ones would you tell them to part with and let someone else enjoy them?

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Lucy Washbourne's Dress

I always imagine Lucy Washbourne from the children's novel Rifles for Watie, might wear a dress like this made by Doll Clothes of Yore to the local ball.  Lucy was a Cherokee character, whose family living in Indian Territory fought on the side of the Confederacy. Her love interest is Jess Bussey, who is a Union spy...

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Isabelle's Colonial Polonaise Gown

This colonial polonaise gown was created by CountryHandmaiden.

I made the hat from burgundy ribbon, lace, and and dried hydrangeas.


Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Other Boleyn Girl

Philippa Gregory wrote a great novel called "The Other Boleyn Girl", which is about Anne Boleyn's sister Mary. Apparently, the prettier Mary had been the mistress of Henry VIII before he became involved with Anne. The smarter Anne though didn't want to become a mistress. She wanted to become queen.

My favorite Philippa Gregory novels are A Respectable Trade (about the 18th century slavery) and The Virgin Earth (about early colonial Virginia). I met Philippa Gregory once and had her sign my copies of The Other Boleyn Girl and The Constant Princess, when the new Natalie Portman movie first came out the latter book was first published.  Do you have a favorite novel by Gregory?

From the movie, "The Other Boleyn Girl":
Tudor gown is by CarmelinaCreations