Entertainer. Musician. Style activist. This month’s feature is one of the most fashionable and talented people in the vintage community and beyond. Bandleader Dandy Wellington is known for both his jazz music and his colorful and classic wardrobe.
Are you working on an Edwardian- or teens-inspired outfit? Perhaps you’ve made or purchased one of our s-bend or underbust corsets and are now wondering what to pair with it to build the perfect historical silhouette. Ender the bust bodice. Or the bust improver. Or the brassiere. Whatever the advertisements called them (and, wow, did they love naming them), the goal was the same: create an ideal figure while supporting and shaping the bust.
This month’s featured business is perfect if you are looking to accessorize your latest Regency costume creation. With everything from patterns to finished bonnets, Timely Tresses is a great place to find all your millinery needs! They have styles spanning the late 18th century to the mid-19th century, and to date, they have published 22 patterns, 28 fashion plate collections, and 4 millinery guides. They have over 100 extant bonnets and 1,000 original fashion plates in their collection, and they use these period resources in combination to design historically accurate patterns.
Like we mentioned in our article exploring the Victorian belly curve, corsetry throughout the second half of the 19th century emphasized a nipped waist with a rounded bust and hips, but there was a significant amount of variation over the span of 50 years. Fashions changed rapidly, and a typical corset from the 1850s did not look like a typical corset of the 1890s. There was a wide variety of styles and shapes in the period, with contemporary patents and advertisements often touting the last corset innovation.
But if you are looking to make or buy your own 19th century corset from Redthreaded, what is the difference between our 1860s Victorian Corset and our 1880s Victorian Corset, and how do you choose the best one for your project?