Artistic Dress

Transgressive Fashion in the Victorian Era

Floppy but Manly

I promise, if you read through a bit of exposition, the reason for the title shall become clear. It has been a shamefully long time since I have updated this … Continue reading

April 29, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Myth of Pre-Raphaelite Dress

It’s Pre-Raphaelite Day! What does this mean? Well, this is, ostensibly, the 164th birthday of the Pre-Raphaelites. It is being celebrated across the web, at the instigation of the fabulous … Continue reading

September 8, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Original Sartorialist

While (sadly) perusing the latest in Hollywood gossip a few days ago, I was fairly surprised to see this post on ‘Edwardian Street Fashion’ as photographed by Edward Linley Sambourne … Continue reading

July 22, 2012 · 3 Comments

Women in White

I was remiss in posting last month! Luckily, the thought-provoking Kirsty Walker has made a call to art detectives today at her blog The Kissed Mouth, which has inspired this … Continue reading

June 9, 2012 · 5 Comments

Thank you, Mrs Leyland

This post is a bit more personal, inspired by a brief moment I had at work this week. I haven’t yet made the official ‘I’m a Doctor!’ post because, in … Continue reading

April 7, 2012 · 1 Comment

William Morris and ‘The Lesser Arts of Life’

When I came to the subject of Artistic Dress, I had a great many assumptions about it, particularly in terms of who wore it, and who promoted it. Some of … Continue reading

March 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Failing the Basics

I had an outraged email from my friend and fellow researcher in fashion history, Emily, regarding this 2008 post on the MTV website. Their caption for the image above states: … Continue reading

March 4, 2012 · 2 Comments

Remembering Elizabeth Siddal

Yesterday marked the 150th anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Siddal, artist, poet, and wife of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. To honour this, events were held at the gorgeous Highgate Cemetary … Continue reading

February 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

A Private View… of Aesthetic Dress

One of my favourite Victorian paintings is a bit of a standalone in that it is not made by one of my favourite painters. Don’t get me wrong, Frith is … Continue reading

February 6, 2012 · 1 Comment

Artistic dress : Berg Fashion Library

Much of my research deals with trying to clarify a definition for Artistic Dress, as it has been treated in vague and conflicting manners. I was interested to note that … Continue reading

January 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

Header Image

'Mrs Luke Ionides' by William Blake Richmond, London, 1882. Oil on canvas. Collection of the V&A, Museum no. E.1062-2003. Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund and the Friends of the V&A.