Sunday night period drama withdrawals. Gentleman Jack has finished and Sundays have become mundane, you know, like when you were at school and Monday morning loomed and Sundays were the ultimate enemy. One of my favourite Sunday night dramas was ITV’s Victoria which I now know is on a long break between series. It’s so sad.
However to fill my Queen Victoria drama void is a Yorkshire delight! During the drama’s first series Harewood House in Leeds, which was a major set for the programme, held an exhibition of one of my favourite things – dresses! A selection of dresses used on the show were display in the beautiful period rooms of the country estate.
I took these photos a very* long time ago and found them recently! I never got round to writing a post surrounding my visit to this exhibition at the time.
“At all events if a crinoline must be the fashion then every lady should wear a fire screen.”
I find historical fashions fascinating. Fashion, textiles and popular crazes can be analysed to be more than aesthetics. I particularly enjoy the medical impact of fashion. Fashion has power over the physical body, it manipulates and shapes the anatomy. The productions of fabrics often contained cocktails of dangerous chemicals, poisoning and scarring the body overtime. Fashion also contributed to sudden and accidental deaths – deaths you only associate with horror movies, nightmares and exaggerations.
This post focuses on “beauty” within 19th century society. This time period is a favourite of mine due to elements of social development, that of fashion, medicine and ideals. The Consumptive Look is of particular interest to me as it integrates all these elements and became central in my academic and personal research interests and projects.