Category Archives : christmas


Advent Calendar – Day Twenty 5

Evening gown, Hoschedé Rebours (Paris), c1885. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Day twenty! Cor blimey, guv’nor, five more days to go! Unless you hate all that Christmas stuff, in which case I apologise for my unseemly over excitement. The twentieth dress in my advent calendar of flouncy DOOM is this completely fabulous frothy […]

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Advent Calendar – Day Fifteen 3

Evening gown, Liberty (London), c1880. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Behind the fifteenth window of my pretend flouncy advent calendar there lurks this fabulous saffron yellow evening gown by Liberty, which dates from the early 1880s and brings to mind the intricately draped garments worn by women in Ancient Greece and Rome. Liberty, […]


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Advent Calendar – Day Thirteen 10

Evening gown, Worth (Paris), 1898-1900. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Okay, after all the excessive flounce and furbelow of the last couple of days, this dress is probably going to seem more than a little bit plain but honestly how could I resist that sumptuously rich berry red velvet? If the ombré flapper […]


Advent Calendar – Day Ten 1

Evening gown, French, c1805-10. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, New York. Behind the tenth window of my advent calendar there is this rather beautiful French gown from around 1805, which may well have been worn by one of the sophisticated denizens of Napoléon’s court. I’ve seen several dresses that were worn by Empress […]

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