Category Archives : christmas


Light up the Palace at Hampton Court   Recently updated !

It was one of the happiest days of my life when I found The Tudors on Netflix. Okay, I also own it on DVD, but there’s something really satisfying about spending a few hours lazing on the sofa, remote control in hand isn’t there? Anyway, I’ve been binge watching it all over again over the […]

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Advent Calendar – Day Twenty Five   Recently updated !

Evening gown, American or European, c1905. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. MERRY CHRISTMAS! You’ve all been amazing this year and I honestly think I have some of the best blog readers ON THE WHOLE INTERNET. This is the twenty fifth and final dress in this year’s Madame Guillotine advent calendar of terrifying flounce […]

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Advent Calendar – Day Twenty Three   Recently updated !

Evening gown, Vionnet (Paris), Winter 1938/9. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. All this Foyle’s War watching has made me hanker for the sophisticated, glamorous styles of the 1930s and 40s so I swapped today’s scheduled dress for this fabulous Vionnet evening gown from the end of 1938. Of course, the costumes in Foyle’s […]

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Advent Calendar – Day Twenty Two   Recently updated !

Ball gown, Mrs Osborn Company (American), 1910. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. I think the twenty second dress in my flouncy advent calendar of DOOM is exceedingly Christmassy as it incorporates and, indeed, makes full use of that most Christmassy of colour combinations – green and gold. Lovely isn’t it! This particular dress […]


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Advent Calendar – Day Twenty   Recently updated !

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 Eighteen   Recently updated !

Court gown, British, c1750. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Behind the eighteenth window of my advent calendar of FLOUNCY DOOM there is this completely ridiculous court dress from the 1750s. What joy. Not really one for making an entrance unless there’s a massive doorway involved as otherwise you’d have to sidle in pathetically […]


Advent Calendar – Day Seventeen   Recently updated !

Evening dress, Worth (France), c1898-1900. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Crikey, not long to go now! Behind the seventeenth window of my advent calendar there is this most magical gown by who else but Worth. What could be more redolent of Christmas than the delicately shimmering gold stars against a pale oyster silk […]

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Advent Calendar – Day Fifteen   Recently updated !

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   Recently updated !

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 […]

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Advent Calendar – Day Twelve   Recently updated !

Evening ensemble, Marguerite Robes (Paris), c1865. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. I have a most fabulous Parisian evening ensemble from 1865 behind the twelfth window of my advent calendar. In a period when dresses could be massively expensive, ordering a multi purpose ensemble piece like this with different bodices and perhaps an extra […]


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Advent Calendar – Day Ten   Recently updated !

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 […]


Advent Calendar – Day Nine   Recently updated !

Evening ensemble, Philippe and Gaston (France), c1925. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, New York. Maybe I’ve been inspired by all the production shots of the Downton Abbey Christmas special that have been floating about the place, but I just really fancied featuring a really gorgeous 1920s ‘flapper’ style dress of the type that […]

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Advent Calendar – Day Eight   Recently updated !

Evening dress, R.H White and Co (Boston), American, 1885. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, New York. Behind the eighth window of my rather flamboyant advent calendar there lurks this rather gorgeous evening dress from 1885. I don’t know about you, but to my mind, this gown just SCREAMS Christmas – probably because of […]