As she have done for the last few years, Emily Dahl is hosting an advent calendar on her blog, this time fashion related, asking her readers to participate. Behind the first “window” one finds this challenge: berätta om din stil (write about your style.)
Now, I am going to be terribly boring and answer that I don’t really consider myself to be dressing according to a certain style, or even several styles combined. Mainly I am inspired by historical fashion, costume dramas and my favourite novels, and I have a tendency to covet certain items of clothing or jewellery for periods of time (at the moment it is byronian turbans.) I am not sufficiently interested in clothes (in relation to myself that is, not in a historical context) to have developed a distinctive style, but I do have a few favourite items of clothing. Among these are:
My bunad (Norwegian national/folk costume), mostly worn on the 17th of May and for formal events such as weddings. Mine is a modern interpretation of a traditional costume, by Eva Lie.
My Regency clothes, which I wear for Napoleonic re-enactments. The blue gown is made by Marion May and the yellow is the work of Margarita Martinez. This particular gown is actually available to rent, as I did, before I commissioned my very own, in light blue. Unfortunately I never seem to get a proper photo of it, as I am usually the one running around photographing at events!
My made-to-measure Dig for Victory dress, inspired by 1950s-60s cocktail dresses.
Lastly, and this is close as I get to a “signature style”; I love sticking foliage in my hair and my Renaissance hat is my most treasured item of clothing.
On the first Saturday of July I attended the first annual Dress Like a Georgian Day; a picnic arranged by Kitty Pridden and Rose Deacon of Bramfoy’s Purveyors of Living History. I opted for Regency dress code wise, grabbed my reproduction glassware and a bottle of champagne and headed for St. James’s Park in the sweltering heat.
I wore my hair in an earlier style than I usually do, so instead of sleeping soundly the night before with only my fringe bound up, I tossed and turned on a head covered in rag-curls instead. I was however ridiculously pleased with the result, and I also appreciate any opportunity to wear a turban. The dress is by Marion May, the neckerchief by Historika and my cameos are late Victorian; the earrings are a part of a set I got at an auction in Oslo and the necklace is from Covent Garden.
The activities of the day included elevated conversation, games of chess, duels, reading in the grass while sipping champagne and off course the intake of copious amounts of food and cake. I was very pleased to have an occasion to use my 18th century-style reproduction glasses from Scanglas, both two wine glasses (shown in the first photo of this post) and a pair of gilded ones (pictured above.) The gilded ones are based on an extant item from the collections of The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History.
To read more about Dress Like a Georgian Day, head over to Huzzar, an 18th Century inspired fashion and lifestyle webzine (yes, such a thing does exist) and have a look at their post about the picnic.
Jeg fortsetter i rykk og napp på julekalenderen til Emily Dahl og dagens luke er en bild på dig när du ser ut så som du alltid skulle vilja se ut. Vel, aller helst vil jeg tilbringe hverdagen i enten regencykjole eller bunad.
Det første alternativet er et bilde fra det årlige ballet til Jane Austen Society of Florence, holdt i Villa Gerini utenfor Firenze. Jeg har på meg en kjole jeg har lånt fra ballets vertinne, men fikk senere sydd en kopi til odel og eie.
Alternativ nummer to er et bilde tatt på syttende mai for et par år siden, da jeg nettopp hadde fått ny bunad – jubileumsdrakten for Oslo designet av Eva Lie. Jeg vil ikke gå inn på hvor praktisk det hadde vært å være ikledd lange skjørter på en daglig basis eller utforske historiske kjønnsroller i forhold til klær, men simpelthen konkludere med at jeg savner en tid da det var mulig “to know the Principles of each man by the cock of his Hat.”
Forrige uke hadde jeg høstfarger i håret og gull på øyelokkene, fikk blomster, spiste middag i Spitalfields og arrangerte middagselskap med Regency tema.
I dag forbreder jeg meg til kveldens storslagene Regency middag mens jeg ler av logikken til Mrs Allen. (Northanger Abbey 2007)