Coat of embroidered wool, detail

Black wool, embroidered with cotton, lined with silk and linen, made in the 1790s, England.

Now in storage at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

2 weeks ago 15 notes

Absolute and immediate follow!


Bringing the Stately @cheateaugudanes Back to Life

For more photos and videos from the restoration of the chateau as it progresses, follow @chateaugudanes on Instagram.

When Australian couple Karina and Craig Waters began the search for a French cottage, they had little idea of the adventure they would ultimately find: restoring the regal Chateau de Gudanes (@chateaugudanes).

As they embarked on their venture in French real estate, the options they turned up were disheartening—so much so that they nearly abandoned the dream. After their son stumbled upon an online listing for a large abandoned chateau in the Pyrénées, however, they ventured back to France.

"We had no idea where the Pyrénées were geographically," Karina explains. "We drove from Paris to Toulouse then headed towards the Midi-Pyrénées. By the time we drove past fields of sunflowers, towards snow capped mountains linking earth to heaven and then entered the little village and saw the chateau tucked gently in a glorious valley, we were speechless. We made an offer a couple of days later."

At long last, they had found Chateau de Gudanes, a stately home and grounds that dated back to the 13th century before being reconstructed by famed French architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel as a lavish home for the Marquis Louis Gaspard de Sales.

The dilapidated chateau required substantial work after years of disuse—an undertaking Karina and her family have embraced wholeheartedly. With nearly 100 rooms including a central chapel and a newly discovered underground chamber beneath the basement, the challenges of structural renovation form a constant process around which Karina has developed an eager community on Instagram. “I make a coffee, post a photo and then hours later from the other side of the world, I receive a comment from someone saying, ‘This is the best part of my day, making a coffee and seeing what the photo is for today.’ I love being here onsite, sharing what I love, experiencing it and knowing that someone else feels the same way.”

3 months ago 2,354 notes


People reenact a balloon flight for Paris’s 2,000th anniversary, June 1952.Photograph by Justin Locke, National Geographic

4 months ago 1,650 notes

Robe à la française, detail

Yellow silk dress, made between 1750-1575, European.

Now in storage at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

8 months ago 9 notes

Robe a la Française, 1760’s

I jut love the pink and green combo in this dress.

Source: fashionsfromhistory

8 months ago 25 notes

This new Louis Vuitton advertising is a glorious homage to the Venice carnival with all it’s period weirdness filled with LV hints (a monogram full print gold painted dude, anyone?).

AND it has the great David Bowie accompanied with model Arizona Muse and directed by Romain Gavras, singing a harpsichord version of “I’d rather be high”.


9 months ago 3 notes
23 notes
Portrait of the Duke of Berry, future Louis XVI, by Jean-Martial Fredou.
Just acquired by the Versailles museum.

Portrait of the Duke of Berry, future Louis XVI, by Jean-Martial Fredou.

Just acquired by the Versailles museum.

1 year ago 23 notes

Working on the parquet in the bedroom of the queen at Versailles.

1 year ago 5 notes

18th century fashion doll dress. It is half-size and this kind of doll were sent all through Europe for people far from the Versailles court could know and wear the latest fashions.

1 year ago 15 notes



The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of English has created an incredible historical reconstruction of the first-ever retrospective of the work of Sir Joshua Reynolds, held at the British Institution in 1813. See what Jane Austen and others who attended this major social event would have seen in this e-gallery:

Couldn’t resist reblogging this one. You have to click through: the site is amazing!


1 year ago 171 notes

Keira Knightly as Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire in the film “The Duchess”.

"Portrait of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire", Thomas Gainsborough, 1787.

I love the way the portraits are used as inspiration for all the costumes in the movie. 

1 year ago 26 notes

Waistcoat, French, between 1780-1790.

Silk and silk embroidery.

Now in storage at the Costume Institute in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

1 year ago 26 notes


La Virgen del Apocalipsis, Miguel Cabrera, 1760.

Museo Nacional de Arte, México, D.F.

1 year ago 3 notes

Mantua, back detail.

Made between 1740-1745, altered between 1875-1900 to fit the late 19th centiry dress.

Made in England, now in storage at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

1 year ago 12 notes

Chatsworth House, North Derbyshire, England.

The seat of the Duke of Devonshire since 1549.

Originaly build in 1553 based on the “Court of Chetel” from the times of Edward the Confessor. The building now a days was first re-built between 1687 and 1707 in the site of the original Tudor Mansion (built between 1553-1560’s) by the 1rst Duke of Devonshire, the south and east front were completed in 1696 by William Talman . In the early 19th century the 6th Duke (the Bachelor Duke) added the north wing made by Jeffry Wyatville.

1 year ago 24 notes