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I Spend My Cash On Looking Flash And Grabbing Your Attention [May. 13th, 2008|10:30 pm]
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Honored Ladies and Gentlemen:

A Sampling of Delights from The Vast Reaches of The Internets, Culled for Your Delactation:

Stand And Deliver in Which Sir Adam of Ant Dances and Preens for Our Amusement:

Trinkets Featuring Salacious Poets--Let a Libertine Caress Your Neck!

John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester:

Aphra Behn:

Pastry Rings Inspired By The Luxuriant Dauphine, Marie Antoinette:

For those Desiring A Pale and Powdered Complexion for Fopperies and to Accentuate Marks of Beauty, The Sisters Manic and Panic Carry the Folowing (used in my Portrait)--Does Note Fade During The Hardest Masquerades!:

Virgin White Pressed Powder:

Virgin Dreamtone Foundation:

Inspired Work.

I Remain, Ever Yours,

Jessica Melusine
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Frock me, Amadeus [Mar. 16th, 2008|01:55 am]
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You've probably already seen the newly-discovered portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

One of the most important pieces of evidence for the painting being of Mozart was this letter of his to Baroness von Waldstadten from Vienna, 28 September 1782:
(Mersmann/Bozman translation: London, 1928)

"...That beautiful red coat which took my fancy so vastly, pray, pray let me know where it is to be had, and at what price—for that I have quite forgotten, having been unable to take in anything at the time but its splendor! Indeed such a coat I must have—one which will really do justice to certain buttons with which my fancy has long gone pregnant! I saw them once, when I was choosing buttons for a suit, in the Kohlmarkt at Brandau's button-shop, opposite the Milano. They are made of mother-of-pearl, with some sort of white stones around the edge and a fine yellow stone set in the centre of each. I should like to have all my things of good quality, workmanship, and appearance! How is it, I wonder, that those who have not the means would be prepared to spend any amount on such articles, while those who have the means— do not do so!..."

The scholarly conclusion: Mozart shopped like a girl. Or a Goth. I'd hazard a guess that after reading that, you may be feeling a sudden kinship for the man.

I like his metaphor about the buttons impregnating his fancy. In a later letter Mozart thanked the Baroness "for having immediately taken so much trouble over the beautiful coat." She was a patroness of his, so she probably helped him purchase both the coat and the much-coveted buttons. A button which seems to match his precise description, with part of a second, can be seen on the far lapel of the coat in the new portrait.

Next time I'm in Vienna, I think I'll take time to visit Mozart's memorial (the exact location of his grave is, of course, unknown) and leave him a suitably fabulous button.
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Perfumes Based on A Scented Palace [Feb. 21st, 2008|01:40 pm]
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[mood |coldcold]

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present...
Perfumes from DSH perfumes based on recipes in A Scented Palace--there are delactable blends worn by Marie Antoinette, Madame de Pompadour, Madame du Barry and more. These were based on a lecture given to commemorate the Denver Art Museum's ARTISANS and KINGS exhibit and it is well worth a visit:


Oh la! Are they not charming?
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The Smelling Salts Please, I am Undone [Feb. 10th, 2008|10:19 pm]
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Simply beautiful 18th century clothes. Verily, I am dazzled.
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From The Ever Delightful Married To The Sea... [Jan. 28th, 2008|11:16 am]
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Married To The Sea
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Petit Trianon Themed Pretty Underthings Magazine Photos! [Oct. 8th, 2007|07:44 pm]
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(from Lady A., a Friend to Fops)
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Foppish Photoshoot [Jul. 31st, 2007|11:46 am]
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Amazing photoshoot for Dolce & Gabbana 2007 including powdered wigs, frock coats, riding boots and all the other good stuff :)

Click the pic to see the rest.
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A Special From The Comtess Lizs18 [Jul. 25th, 2007|08:07 pm]
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Trashy Lingerie late of Los Angeles in the Californias has a most beguiling Marie Antoinette line:

Miss HollyMarie, paramour to Duc Hugh d'Hefner also has some fancy attire to add:

(delight in the white stockings and the spurious comments about Louis XVIs potency--Trashy seems to think that there may have been a crowning of the alliance much sooner had she had that outfit...perhaps they're right. No word on the Axel von Fersen line yet....perhaps for International Male!)
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New Community for Venice Carnival! [Jul. 17th, 2007|07:20 pm]
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We are hoping to talk to other 18th century lovers who have been, will go or want to go, to Carnival in Venice.

Please join us!

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(no subject) [Jul. 10th, 2007|06:41 pm]
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Just thought you all ought to see this. It's a collection of 18th-century inspired photographs taken for Vogue Paris in 1998.

xposted to foptillyoudrop, panniers and 18thcentury. I apologise if some of you see this multiple times.
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