Tags: 20th c

vintage corsets

Sorry I'm posting so much today!!

I found an interesting group of 1910-ish corsets for sale on E-Bay today and just thought I'd post.   Interesting to look at.

Here they are (scroll down a bit)

I was especially interested in this one:

I don't know a thing in the world about corsets from this time-era, so I'm intrigued by the placement of the grommets.  What is the function of having the big group together around the waist?


So, James does WWII in addition to Rev War and Civil War, and he has been hinting at me putting a kit together and coming out with him to various events.  He also works aboard the USS Yorktown and helps plan their living history and special events.  
Here he is in his USMC kit:

Check out those awesome spats!

Anyway, I've been resisting.  For one thing, I don't want to be one of those reenactors who does 10,000 time periods.  I would much rather devote all of my time to putting together one incredible impression that I can back up with research and a great kit.  And second, I just don't have the interest.  I don't know much about WWII, I don't have much desire to learn more about it.   It's just meh.

Until I read this post.  Everyone looks so fabulous!!  How can't you not want to do 1940s after you see them?  How did I manage to go so long without understanding the wonderousness that is this time period?   The hats!  The hair!!  The jewelery!!  The ability to machine sew clothes that are accurate!!!  This is all I've been thinking about for days.  I've absolutely got to do it.  

So, for those of you out there that do this period, can you point me to any good websites where I can start my research?


The Illusionist

I went and saw The Illusionist last night.  It was incredible.  I highly recommend it to anyone.  I can't say much for the costuming, because A) I know nothing about 1900s Austrian costume, and B) it was very understated.  It mainly served as a back drop for the incredible performances of the actors.  Edward Norton (Man Candy!) was spectacular, as always.  I've long thought he was the best actor of our times, and this just solidified that.  Paul Giamatti was also mesmerizing.  I find him to be one of the most compelling actors to watch because he is so nuanced and natural.  Rufus Sewell (also Man Candy!) had a smaller role, but was equally good.  Jessica Biel was incredibly lovely.  She looks beautiful in the garments.  It's a good time era for tall women.  As for her acting? meh.  I think she would have been good with any other cast, but among such titans she just couldn't hold her own.  And she has almost no chemistry with Edward Norton, which is a shame.   It certainly didn't do anything to detract from the movie, which was magical and mysterious and captivating.  I should warn you, however, that it is a little bit slow, but still one of the best movies I've seen this year. 

And here is my favorite thing she wore.  Doesn't she look lovely? 

And because he is so handsome and dashing: