November 29, 2012

The Fashionable Male: amazing 18th century Frocks

The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has an incredible collection of 18th century frocks, and I just had to share them with you!  Not all of these garments are on view at the museum but fortunately for us, they are available to see via the online collection.   After spending hours (ahh for real) browsing the garments I pulled some of my favorites to share here.

I picked out these based on materials, colors and details. Take a good look at them (if you click the image you can see the larger image) the embroidery and buttons are just incredible!  Plus I am sucker for sparkle, so I had to throw some of those in too!






French, Ensemble in yellow. ca. 1765, silk, metal. Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.



French, Coat in green and black pattern [1999.105.2]. 1790s, silk. Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.




French, Suit in green [C.I.60.50a–c]. 1775-80, silk. Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.



French, Coat in burgundy with embroidery [51.47.2611]. 1775, silk. Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.



French, Suit with ruffles [1989.69a, b]. 1760-75, silk. Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.



 French (probably), Coat in sage [C.I.41.124.64]. ca. 1792, silk. Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.



French, Suit in pink [C.I.60.22.1a–c]. 1775-80, silk, metallic. Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

November 27, 2012

Tis the season for a holiday giveaway!

I am starting to get ready for the holidays early this year (if you consider this early!).  And although I do not yet have a real shopping plan, I have our holiday give-away all set!  So without further a-do....

I am excited to be giving away the Juicy Couture edition of Clue to one lucky reader! Perfect for hosting parties with tea, finger sandwiches and scandal! ;)



Complete with a fun description:

Discover the secrets behind the Crimes of Couture. The favorite Clue® game gets a very Juicy makeover. 
The game features:
-Custom game board's floor plan depicts Juicy locales such as The Shoe Salon, a Candy Room, and a Design Studio.
-Six movers.
-Nine silvertone Couture pieces.
-Six personality cards.
-Deck of rumor cards.
-Deck of intrigue cards.
-Custom score pad.
-Scandal envelope.
-Two dice.

How to Enter:
To enter simply leave a comment on this post with your favorite bit of 18th century gossip: a story about something or someone or fun fact, it can be something you have learned here or elsewhere, anything at all relating to the 18th century!


The giveaway starts now, and you may enter through midnight December 8st.  I will post the winner on  Sunday December 9th.
Good luck!

November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving: American Landscapes

Hill, John, 1770-1850. Fairmount Water Works (Philadelphia). ca. 1825, Intaglio print. Philadelphia Museum of Art.


John Frederick Kensett, The Langdale Pikes. 1858, painting. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College.



James M. Hart, Village Scene near Albany, New York. 1850, oil on canvas. Smithsonian American Art Museum.



Worthington Whittredge, Home by the sea. 1872, oil on canvas. Addison Gallery of American Art.



I hope everyone celebrating Thanksgiving today has a lovely one!

Here are some holiday related posts:
On the origin of the holiday (in the colonies)
Jane Austen's Thankful prayer
Family Dinners: Regency Style
Sharing a Meal and Giving Thanks

November 20, 2012

Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette


When the Louvre sends art work to you, you go visit it!  The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has just opened their latest exhibition: Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette.  The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have been in conversation with the Louvre in hopes of arranging this five year agreement for programming, and now it is on! So we can expect to see more special collections traveling to California for display.

This exhibition features a special rare collection of items both bought and commissioned by those such as Louis XIV, Madame du Barry, Marie Antoinette, Louis XV and Louis XVI.  This show is particularly special because it is the first time that many of the works have ever left France! If you can, be sure to check this show out before it ends.  November 17, 2012 - March 17, 2013

If you can't make it to the exhibit, you can still see the works and get all the details from the exhibition catalog (pre order!)
Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette

Here is a look at what will be on display:

Coffee grinder, 1756-1757. Jean Ducrollay, goldsmith. Gold in three colors, steel and ivory. Musee du Louvre.
Portrait of Louis XIV, 17th century. Goldsmith-jeweler: Laurent Tessier Montarsy (?-1684). Miniature painting, silver and diamond.
Agate ewer. Paris, c. 1650. Enameled gold mount. Entered the collection of Louis XIV before 1673.
Famous Bust of Marie Antoinette. Commissioned by Prince Alexandre Kourakine. 1782. Hard-paste porcelain.

November 17, 2012

Marie Antoinette at the Yale Repertory Theatre

Marie Antoinette YRT, T Charles Erickson http://tcharleserickson.photoshelter.com tcepix@com
For a limited time Marie Antoinette was performed at the Yale Repertory Theatre.  The production was produced by Rebecca Taichman, and was a take on Marie Antoinette that was contemporary and playful, and very colorful (literally!). 

The costumes also bordered on the modern, and in a recent NYT review, they were described as "sumptuous finery...rewarding to look at." A more glowing review can be found here, both insisting that visually this is a very stunning play.  I missed the show, did you see it?  There is a show at 8pm tonight!

Check out a peek at the show:

November 02, 2012

Marie Antoinette's Birthday!

Just in case you didn't know- let's have some cake and champagne today!

I will be off this weekend celebrating festivities with my friends, (um as in loads of champagne AND pink cake) but may occasionally check in on twitter.  Talk to you there!

Have a great weekend ~Lauren