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How Princess Diana changed her culture

Why Diana Mattered Rebel Heart: From shy bride to passionate campaigner, Diana, Princess of Wales didn’t just transform herself—she changed her country by Catherine Mayer, Time Magazine, August 16, 2007 The British have always been good at silence — at family … Continue reading

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Life in the Romanov Palace

Maria and Anastasia’s Bedroom from The Alexander Palace Time Machine Immediately after the departure of the Romanovs for Siberia in August 1917 the palace was closed for a short for inventory, and then a series of rooms, mostly Parade Halls, … Continue reading

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Imperial Russia, in Living Colour

Rare Color Photos Of The Russian Empire At The Turn Of The Century These rare color photos by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii document the Russian empire between 1909 and 1915. With the support of Tsar Nicholas II, Prokudin-Gorskii traveled throughout the … Continue reading

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America in Color: Depression-Era Photography

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943 These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The … Continue reading

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The New Woman and the Bachelor Girl

The New Woman, 1880-1915 by Evangeline Holland,, March 17, 2009 The Edwardian era appeared rife with social movements, but none caused as much furor as the “New Woman.” From Paris to London to New York to San Francisco, this … Continue reading

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In the words of that lovelorn teen Taylor Swift, “go pick out a white dress” … 1890 style

Ah, the big princessy wedding gown. It was worn through the early/mid Victorian era (when Queen Victoria made white the bridal colour), in the 50s by Grace Kelly, and in the 80s by Princess Di. But what about wedding fashion in the non-poofy decades? For … Continue reading

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And you thought the wedding industry was nutty now…

The Art of Dressing a Bride, March 1894 “Of all people in the world the French are the ones who most positively combine sentiment and frocks. The rich lace, the costly jewel, the much-trimmed gown never belongs to the unmarried … Continue reading

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The Lolita Generation

Why are we dressing our daughters like this? Eight-year-olds in fishnets, padded ‘bralettes’ and thong panties: Welcome to the Junior Miss version of raunch culture LIANNE GEORGE, Macleans, Jan 1, 2007 In his most recent visual tome, Katlick School, the famed … Continue reading

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