From My Closet - The Better Dresses Vintage Blog

"Marie-Antoinette Is Dead" by Fabiola Jean-Louis

Gallery Visit - Rococo Reality Check at "Re-Writing History"

... Fabiola Jean-Louis' paper and photographic masterpieces contrast the lush beauty of 18th century finery and the ugly truth of slavery ...
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Shoes exhibit at SCADFash

Exhibit Visit - "Shoes: Pleasure and Pain" at SCADFash

... Here's a review of the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibit, which was chock full of amazing shoes spanning 2,000+ years! ...
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Liza of BDV at the Parthenon in 1986.

It's Greek To Me: "Noble Marbles" Lecture and Exhibit at the Carlos Museum

... also a few amusingly clueless depictions of the ancient sites as imagined by those who’d never been ...
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Quick & Easy Regency Hairstyle Tutorial

Quick & Easy Regency Hairstyle Tutorial

... Here's a relatively quick and easy way to fix your hair for your next Jane Austen Festival or other Regency era event ...
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A Tip from the Clever Hostess

Potluck in a Party Dress

... I'd argue that your Evite's "Message From Host" section should be reserved for helpful hints, not distribution of labor ...
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For New Year's Eve, a 1920s Dress From a 1980s Top

For New Year's Eve, a 1920s Dress From a 1980s Top

... I found this sparkly 1980s top at an estate sale. It looked like the beginning of something ...
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More Regency Regalia: Cobbling a Costume for a Jane Austen Event

More Regency Regalia: Cobbling a Costume for a Jane Austen Event

... Once I had my gown and a bodiced petticoat to go underneath, I set about completing the outfit. I needed a purse, a hat, and a pelisse or spencer ...
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Go Big or Go Home: Trimming an 18th Century Hat

Go Big or Go Home: Trimming an 18th Century Hat

... What I discovered was that just about anything goes. Ribbons, flowers, birds, feathers, fruit, wheat. You name it ...
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Repairing an Antique Blouse

Repairing an Antique Blouse

... It was the collar I worried about. The stitches attaching its satin-covered boning framework were mostly gone, leaving the whole thing collapsed and disheveled. I had to do something ... 
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Wearing our cobbled bonnets

Making a Regency Bonnet

... Always looking for new dress-up opportunities, I contacted JASNA to see what Atlanta-area events might require head-to-toe Regency finery ...
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Going Solo to the Summer Soiree

Going Solo to the Summer Soiree

... I wasn't going to let my lack of a dance partner or a partner-in-crime stop me from attending a mid-Victorian ball ...
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My antique Edwardian parasol

Making a Strap to Fasten My Antique Parasol

... It would need to be attractive but inconspicuous, made of period-correct materials, and not hamper the mechanism or damage the lace ...
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