From the charlestonmuseum .
As exercise began to increase in popularity in the late 19th century, women’s clothing emphasized freedom, movement and the ability to explore the world outside. Taking walks became fashionable, and women’s walking skirts shortened in length to accommodate movement. A woman’s walking suit might consist of a durable fabric like tweed or wool in two pieces – a bodice or jacket and a skirt – like the garment shown here. The illustrations of Charles Dana Gibson for Life Magazine in the 1890s epitomized this sporty woman. She became a symbol of emancipation and modern independence through her tailored and practical outfits.
Our tweed suit, c. 1895, follows this new fashion aesthetic. The bodice is ornamented with brown braid and has stylish, huge leg-of-mutton sleeves. The smooth, gored skirt was favored by this modern woman, making activity – both at work and at play – easier. This outfit has a blue silk lining which is unfortunately in very fragile condition. It was given to the Museum by Col. & Mrs. George B. Buell in 1980.
By 1893, the “hourglass” figure had taken shape. Ballooning sleeves and widening skirts helped to make an already tightly corseted waist seem even smaller. It was an era of exaggeration – everything was done in a big way, especially the sleeves. Voluminous sleeves, not seen at this level since the 1830s, actually increased to the point of absurdity by 1896. There was even a patent for a wire hoop in some of the most expansive. The skirt was gored rather than pleated or gathered to result in a smooth, snug fit at the hips. Sometimes, godets (additional pieces set in which were wider at the bottom than the top) were added for even more flare without waistline bulkiness. Skirts were usually unornamented, as is this one, and just brushed the floor or was a inch or two shorter.
Our suit is also pictured in this posting with a bicycle, 1895. This Model 102A Racycle Self Oiling bicycle, was patented Dec. 3, 1895 by the Miami Cycle Company, Middleton, Ohio. It was sold in Charleston by their agent, the Army Cycle Mfg. Co., at 22 Broad Street. It has a metal frame and wooden wheels (the tires are missing). It was given to the Museum by Mrs. John R. Cone in 1965.
Susan B. Anthony stated that “the bicycle has done more for the emancipation of women than anything else in the world.” Gaining popularity since the 1860s, bicycling for women allowed greater freedom on many levels. While considered an excellent form of exercise for both men and women, women especially were now able to travel unchaperoned by bicycle as far as they chose. Many who were once confined to the home found new independence.
This suit is currently on exhibit in Seasonal Fashion: Autumn in Charleston.
TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection. Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our new Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday
1. There will be some days when you close your eyes while crossing the street, maybe because you want to see what fate has in store for you, or maybe because your depression is running rampant again and you don’t know how to calm her. It’s okay. I will still love you.
2. There will be a year, or a series of years when your birthday doesn’t feel special. Celebrate anyway. Because people spent time baking you a cake and buying you cards and even if they’re your family and they’re obligated to, they still love you. Cherish that love. Revel in it. It is the best gift you will ever receive.
3. You will learn that the saddest word in the English language is stay. Whether it’s your mother’s voice whispering it before you leave for college, or your ex-lover’s desperate screams as you walk out of the house, it will always be a hard word to hear. Sometimes you should listen to it, other times you shouldn’t. Trust yourself. Go with your gut.
4. Along with hearing the word stay, you will also hear the word why from every person who is remotely related to you. Why did you get that tattoo? Why did you try to kill yourself? Why aren’t you married yet? You don’t have to answer them. Be selfish. Keep some things to yourself.
5. Some nights you won’t be able to sleep. You will lie awake at 2 am and contemplate existentialism and wonder if the French had a point. Get up. Get out of your bed. Do something. Because even if there is no God, what you do matters, who you are matters. You matter to me.
6. Some days you will want to run away and never return. So go. Drive to a small town in the Northwest, maybe Oregon, and settle down there for a while. Tell people your name is Elizabeth, because you loved Jane Austen as a child and because this a town full of strangers and who’s to know the difference? Don’t be selfish. Call your mother each night and remind her that you love her. Come back home when you find yourself seeing your sadness painted in the shadows, and when you feel more at home in the arms of a stranger than on your own.
7. There will be several nights when you lose yourself in the medicine cabinet, because liquor and morphine seem like a faster cure than time. It’s okay. I will still love you in the morning.
8. One day, in the midst of work, you will learn to forgive. It will start out with a simple reminder of the past, maybe a facebook notification from an old schoolmate or a wedding announcement from an ex-lover. In that moment you will learn that yearning for the past isn’t romantic, it’s stupid, and that if Gatsby had just let go of the green light he would’ve lived. So forgive your past, it didn’t know any better, and move on.
9. Leaving home will hurt, but soon you will learn that home isn’t a place but a feeling, and that there is a compass on your heart that points directly to that feeling. Follow that compass. Don’t get sidetracked by boys who don’t care or alcohol that doesn’t forgive. If you follow that compass, no matter how lost you get, you will always have a home.
10. The hardest lesson you will ever learn will be to love yourself. But you can do it. There will always be days when you hate yourself, days when you wish you had never been born. But darling, you are beautiful, and if Shakespeare had met you, you would’ve inspired his 18th sonnet, and if Monet had known you, he would’ve given up painting water lilies and chosen to paint you instead. I know it’s hard to love yourself, but sometimes it’s okay to be a little selfish with your love.
11. When you begin to feel worthless, remember that the stars died for you. You are made of elements that are thousands of years old, elements that make up every atom of your being. When you want to cut your wrists, remember that the souls of stars live in your veins. Don’t kill them. Don’t be selfish.
12. Some days will be beautiful. Live for those days. Live for the days when the sun shines on your soul and the smile on your face isn’t forced. Live for the days when you don’t give a fuck what anyone thinks because your scars are a part of your story and you don’t need someone else’s approval to wear them with pride.
Live for the life you always wanted but were too scared to pursue.
Live for you. Live for me. Live for every person who has ever loved you, for the people who have come before you so that you may be here today.
Live for the fire that burns in your soul, that tells you: keep going, you’re almost there, just a little farther. Because when Rome burned down, the emperor didn’t run away, he stayed and he sang for his people. Stay. Sing for your people. Sing for us.
Are you listening? Because this is your life, singing a siren song to capture your attention and steer away from the rocks, to guide you back home.
Brave + hair porn
SYNCHRONIZED PUPPY FALLING
if you could’ve seen my face the moment I saw this
do you ever say something that actually took some courage to say and then the other person doesn’t reply how you wanted them to and makes you feel stupid so then you’re just so embarrassed and regret saying anything?
This is actually the reason why I never say anything I need them to know
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
I can’t tell if too many people have looked at me as if I’m crazy for singing out loud and dancing in the rain and being ecstatically excited about mundane things
or if I’ve just grown up.
Makeup is FUN, creative, colorful, and an artistic form of expression.
Women and men can wear it for whatever reason they want…and most of the time, it’s NOT because of the social demands for beauty or to simply “impress” people. And even if those were the reasons, LAY OFF.
I am all right with this ad campaign. It uses simple text that emphasizes that individual women have their own individual reasons for wearing makeup as opposed to just putting some airbrushed celebrity at the forefront and making people feel ugly.
This ad campaign does get to the point as to why I wear and love makeup: because I want to. I wear makeup because I think it’s pretty, interesting, versatile, dynamic, and it makes me feel like I want to feel. I don’t need to wear makeup. I do not wear makeup for anyone other than myself. Makeup is about joy and becoming whomever you are!I love this. (Specifically the one about bright eyeshadow!)
But second one cinna is that you
Okay but my favorite is that none of these are gender specific. All around awesome. You go Maybelline!
For years my mum made me feel like make-up was a Waste of Time, and a Bad Thing, so any time I put any on, especially if I experimented with bright colours (which show up more), I felt guilty and wrong. I’m only just beginning to learn and accept what these adverts are saying, and I love that they’re out there to help others realise it sooner than I did (I’m 23)
THE GOLDEN RULE OF TUMBLR
my god, we’re all Ross.
So in conclusion, we are all the men of Friends, combined.
Not just the men.
Phoebe is basically a walking night blogger when she’s got a guitar. Admit it.
In conclusion, we are the show Friends.
we all need this on our blogs
This is the most beautiful post on all of Tumblr.
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