Hey Bernadette, I was wondering if perhaps sometime you could put together a little video on how you’ve gotten your apartment to look nice to you? I’ve been attempting to make my bedroom look more Victorian and more mature, and I’m not finding much help online (when I try to find resources on Victorian bedrooms, it gives me odd neo-Victorian vampire-style stuff). Thank you! I love your videos 🙂
This was phenomenal, thank you for sharing! Do we know how often they styled their hair? I can't imagine undoing the style just to brush it out everyday, which they said is integral to "cleaning" the hair.
My goodness! I saw this event advertised and wasn't able to attend. Thanks for recording it! It's also amazing how tight-knit the community of history/fashion/living history enthusiasts is! I recognize some people here 😉
Love this! The Georgian/18th-century era is one that I have felt drawn to ever since I was a very small child. I became so utterly obsessed with it in my youth that I studied it almost exclusively at university and immersed myself in every tiny detail I could find. If only we'd had youtube back in the glorious 90's! 🙂
15:16 I’m so happy they included this! I’m a mixed female interested in 18th century and know nothing of free people of our culture’s appearance during that time. I wish there were more resources or a specific book that could go through the preparation of textured hair specific to WOC.
omg I actually just devoured that beauty book last week and have been dying to try out the pomade and powder at my next reenacting event. I'm new to learning about the women's side of things (was always a soldier) but now I've dived in and no looking back. This is fascinating. (Also coming across somebody wear one of those accordion bonnets in person is so jarring LOL)
Such a lovely video!!! A few years ago I downloaded a free book from project guttenberg. It's an old book of beauty recipes. What I found astonishing was even men despised getting gray hairs? The solution? Using ink as temporary hair dye!! You can YouTube how to make ink boiling walnut husks. You take that ink and run it through your hair with a tooth comb!!! So it's like their version of Just For Men!!!
I've been researching for historical products to clean my hair without shampoo (and my hair doesn't agree with baking soda-vinegar no-poo routine). It's really hard to do, since most written history are about the achievement and greatness of leaders king's and whatnot. Sadly I can't use pomade since it's made of.. Pig.
Small historical rectification: In fact, the post-revolutionary fashion, from the Convention thermidorienne time to, and especially, the Directoire time, was very influenced by the English fashion because of the French nobility. Indeed, she had fled the Revolution by going to England which was a safe place to escape from the scaffold. At the fall of Robespierre, the French nobility returned to France with all the influences of the country that had welcomed it. They dropped their old style to a new one and freed themselves from the nobility that had been slaughtered (such as their parents) or fallen and ruined. This point is well expressed by the movement, les Incroyables et les Merveilleuses. Otherwise, thanks for sharing this very interesting content ! 🙂 (and sorry for my rough English ^^)
Wonderfully interesting, enlightening & easy to listen to. Thank you so much (both to you & to the ladies who allowed us foreigners to visit with you). Thanks to your research & to your help in navigating Google Books, I am starting to regain the fondness I once had for the internet.
Just genuinely curious tho, did they have hairpins back then? Because from what I saw in the video, they were using the modern-looking hairpins we have today to pin the hair in that giant donut. Did that exist then? If not, does anyone know what did they use to make those elaborate hairstyles? And how did they end their braids without elastics?
I love how they made the conscious decision to make sure they were all inclusive even if the era they are discussing was not. When reading and seeing things about history that only include one view it makes it hard to image the era as a whole and can definitely make things more confusing.
Thank you for this interesting and very beautiful video. I have to have a pair of American Duchess shoes, the selection is stunning and the price in dollars is good. The craftsmanship looks straight out of the top drawer. 💖💖💖
This was insanely interesting. Especially the bit about the African experience. I love historical fashion and I've always wondered how it worked for people of color like me. Thank you for this! I will have to check out the book.
I'm pretty sure that the majority of people bathed more often than what is being said here? The research I have done largely debunks what was said about the general situation. Rich people may have been different, but for the most part, those who worked (got hands literally dirty, worked up a sweat on the regular), bathed. People who didn't bathe were the exception. Townsends has more videos debunking this kind of idea as well.