This spring, some of the most awesome historical nerds I knew posted an event on Facebook called:
And described it as a meetup/picnic for everyone who’s tired of the whole “Historical accurate” discussion:
“Trött och ängslig att du inte är HK? Har du innerst inne närt en dröm om att bära den där fantastiska Marie Antoinetteskapelsen i vit glansig nylon? Nu kan du kasta korsett och siden! Klä dig i polyester och kardborrband!
Välkomna till Plastique Fantastique!”
(“Tired of worrying about Historical accuracy? Do you dream about that awesome Marie Antoinette gown in shining polyester? Lets throw away the corset and the silk! Adorn yourself in Poly and Velcro!
Welcome to Plastique Fantastique!”
(Yep, the text’s all about ironic, and humor)
Since I love all the quirky and crazy side of costuming as much as the hand finishing, of course I wanted in.
A quick googling gave me overloads of beautiful (if not totally historical accurate) versions of the 18th century.
Lets start with the o so lovely masquerade costumes:
18th century Halloween costumes – because nothing says 18th century like short skirts and high heels…
(also, read my rant on over sexulized female costumes here)
Who can resit a purple polyester perm?
“I’m a 18th century pirate wench” (in gold lame and pink…)
You just got to love the lovely polyester shine…
Does she have a table under that skirt?
Oh, that’s one way to use grandmas curtains…
Gold and bows – what can go wrong?
Then there are some fine examples of movie costumes:Stage costume from “The Phantom of he opera” (2004) – It’s got extra everything! I love it!
18th century Velvet and gold through 1950s eyes.
And couture:John Galliano for Dior fall/winter 2000/2001
And dress patterns:Change the fabric, remove the zipper and make he stomacher detachable and you do get a pretty good looking 18th century gown – but for now It fit perfectly for my purposes
Then there are the ones that’s more like beautiful art pieces then costumes:What is that marvelous material?
I just got to have those lips!
Pastels, huge hair and heart shaped mouches – whats not o love?
“Ops, I forgot my dress” (so beautiful)
“It need some more height, don’t you think Monsieur Léonard?”
Lady in (hair)distress
Ghostly beautiful. Is that paper?
And Asian styled Antoinette
“Let them eat cake!”
I need to try this sometime – any volunteers?
Couture (clearly influential by Sofia Coppola…)
Promo pic from “Marie Antoinette” (2006)