Monday, July 2, 2007

French Fashion

I brought this plaque home from my visit to Toronto - "Paris Fashions from 1500-1900." A gift from someone several years ago, it is one of my favorite little pieces even though in reality it is just a magazine page someone attached to a plank of wood.

I love costumes, especially dresses. A few years ago I went through a phase of making Renaissance costumes (whatever do I do with them now?) and for a production of Moliere's "The School for Husbands" I took a stab at 16th century dress making - including the corset and bum roll! One of my (many) dream jobs is a theatre or film costume designer.

The costumes on this piece remind me of Alexander Dumas - the Count of Monte Cristo, or the Three Musketeers (I am speaking of the books, not the films. Read them if you have not. So good).

Lately, I have been trying to make normal, everyday clothing instead of Renaissance gowns. Not nearly as much fun, and, to be honest, much more frustrating. I just don't think I am quite ready to make puffed sleeve chemises and lace up overdresses my daily attire. Its really too bad.

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At July 2, 2007 at 1:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you imagine men in lace stockings, smoked jackets, with ruffle collars? But you know when I watch movies like Marie Antoinette I think those men are handsome and kinda sexy too ;)

At July 4, 2007 at 12:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Lord, Amanda May,

Are you really French? Your English is amazing. I lived in France for 3 years (Montpellier), and my French is very good, but not as good as your English.

I really like these illustrations. I think that men's clothing has become so boring. The other day I met a very "masculine" man wearing a poofy short skirt and a lifeguard shirt. It was refreshing and, as Tongue in Cheek says, kind of sexy.

I came to you via EB's blog.


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