The Elegance Of High Heels

Women have been wild about high heels for a long, long time! They were originally created around the year 1600 in order to keep a rider’s foot from slipping forward in the stirrup. The “rider’s heel” was then born and to this day is 1.5 inches high for just that reason. Since then men and…

A Magical Good Luck Charm

Throughout history. People have believed in many kinds of good luck charms nearly since time began. From certain metals, to gems, to flowers, to locks of hair, to religious artifacts, to animals…..there have been so many different objects that are thought to bring a person good luck it is not possible to list them all….

Women’s Panties In The 19th Century

Not to be confused with corsets. Panties, or more correctly called “drawers”, “pantalettes”, or “bloomers” by the mid 19th century woman, were much like they are today and not attached to their corsets. The idea of wearing frilly drawers (or frilly anything ) out of the public eye was so impractical to the American woman…

19th Century Hair Pins

More than just functional. Hairpins date back centuries ago to ancient China and were used on a regular basis by women to secure what was sometimes very elaborate hairstyles. The single prong pin was originally made and it came in various lengths and with many different accent ornamnets attached. Materials ranged from silver, gold, wood,…

Corsets In the 19th Century

Pulling it all in. That’s what the woman of 1840 and indeed women for many decades after that, wanted to do most of all. The idea of a tiny waistline was en vogue for lots of reasons. One of them I believe is that it automatically gave dressmakers work by way of adding tucks in…