Be an extra on TURN: Washington's Spies

TURN returns!  The filming of the second season of TURN: Washington’s Spies is about to begin.  TURN is filming in the Central Virginia/Richmond area, and Arvold Casting is seeking paid Extras who look authentically from the Revolutionary War era and are local to the Central Virginia/Richmond area.

Filming for the second season begins Monday, September 29th and continues through February, with a hiatus from December 18th to January 4th.  Casting will be ongoing for this project until the final shoot date in February, so keep that hair growing!

Arvold Casting is holding an Open Call this Sunday, September 21st, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia, and would love to find some new faces as well as see familiar ones.  We really want to meet you in person!


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I’ve just started watching the Swedish series "Anno 1790" and it looks AWESOME. It’s a criminal series that follows a doctor (just comming from the Swedish-Russian war) working for the Stockholm police while being against the monarchy.

Photo: Johan H :son Kjellgren, Linda Zilliacus, Peter Eggers and Joel Spira in a still from Anno 1790.

3 days ago 10 notes
I love your blog it's simply AMAZING! ^_^

Thank you! <3

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.

1 month ago 17 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.”

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

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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 12 notes

Robe a la Française, 1760’s

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

Source: fashionsfromhistory

8 months ago 28 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”.


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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 25 notes

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

1 year ago 7 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.

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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 218 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 29 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.

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