Showing posts from August, 2012

V244: Modeling Regency at the Nevada Museum of Art

Aug 31, 2012 7 comments

Hi all!  A couple nights ago I modeled for the historical costume painting class at the Nevada Museum of Art. I wore one of my favorite...

V243: Pompadour Heels At Last

Aug 30, 2012 0 comments

I'm really excited to finally be taking delivery of the Pompadour heels tomorrow.  They've cleared customs and are truckin' the...

V242: 1790s Robe Royaliste: Almost Done!

Aug 29, 2012 20 comments

I had intended to bust out this giant purple chemise style gown quickly, but then between being mad sick and then lazy, it's taken me *t...

V241: September Call for Sponsors

Aug 28, 2012 0 comments

Hello Ladies and Gents!  Are you an up-and-coming small business that might benefit from advertising here on American Duchess?  How about...

V240: Robe a la Francaise, 1740

Aug 27, 2012 10 comments

Bwah, it's one of *those* days, so here's a beautiful gown to gaze upon... The Met Robe a la Francaise 1740s Bri...

V239: Cassell's Household Guide

Aug 26, 2012 3 comments

There is something so -udderly- wonderful about household guides of the 19th century.  And what is even more wonderful is that they are...

V238: What Is This Style of 18th Century Jacket?

Aug 25, 2012 13 comments

A beautiful image popped up on my Pinterest feed this morning: 1730-60, French manufacture, held in the Digitalt Museum I find this ex...

V237: Absinthe

Aug 24, 2012 14 comments

I'm going to a Steampunk Absinthe Party tonight.  I've never tried the stuff, and I'm not much of a drinker, but I am a little c...

V236: Please Vote - What's Your Favorite 1920s Spectator?

Aug 23, 2012 22 comments

Spectator shoes are so cool, don't you think?  I want to add a 1920s t-strap spectator to the Historical Footwear collection next year -...

V235: Pompadours and Kensingtons are On Their Way

Aug 22, 2012 7 comments

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at what's now making its way across the Pacific to our warehouse... White Pompadours, and more R...

V234: What Kind of Heel Is That? A Quick Guide to Historical Shoe Heels

Aug 21, 2012 25 comments

Following yesterday's post about why we no longer have proper French heels on shoes, I thought it would be good to add to and defin...

V233: The Death of the French Heel

Aug 20, 2012 25 comments

VandA, 1760-70 Why don't we have killer French heels, the likes of which were *the* heel style for hundreds of years, on shoes the...

V232: Velvet Patches for 18th Century Dress Up, by Ruby Raven

Aug 19, 2012 4 comments

Hi Ladies! Whilst visiting Costume College, a lovely lady, The Ruby Raven , gifted me with a delightful little box of velvet patches, or ...

V231: Indienne Chintz a la Waverly Window Curtains, 1780s

Aug 18, 2012 8 comments

Good 18th century style Indienne print chintz can be hard to find.  For some reason, rambling, graphic florals, in a limited color palette, ...

V230: Small Biz Betties: When Are You a "Professional?"

Aug 17, 2012 13 comments

Hi again! Welcome to this week's Small Biz Betties, where I'll be waxing poetical on how to know when you have taken the leap and...

V229: Analyzing Hedgehog Hairstyles

Aug 16, 2012 10 comments

I am always on a quest to achieve bigger, better 18th century hair styles.  Some hairstyles are super complicated, like the poufs of the ...

V228: New "Valois" Shoe Buckles

Aug 16, 2012 8 comments

Finally, after forever in development, we've got the Valois buckles for your Kensington shoes .  Chris is doing official product photos ...

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