if you were alive in the middle ages, chances are, you were un-educated and illiterate. you’re hard pressed to find anybody quite so smart and clever as eleanor of aquitane. as far as medieval women go, she was miles ahead of the rest. her father did his best to get her the best education possible and made sure that when he was gone, she wasn’t only taken care of but wasn’t taken advantage of…good man. at fifteen, eleanor married louis vii and was crowned queen of france. aside from her political duties, eleanor also fought in the second crusade, oh yah she went there. badass. shortly after returning to france she divorced her husband and married king henry of england, the couple bore 8 children. the marriage wasn’t exactly happy but served it’s political purpose. estranged from henry, eleanor set up the fabled court of love in aquitane where scholars of all kinds and leading women discussed matters of love, marriage and duty. later in life, she served 16 years in prison for supporting her sons in a rebellion against her husband but was set free upon henry’s death. see? she was really really badass. eleanor is also acknowledged as one of the most beautiful women in history. lucky her.
1: eleanor of aquitane: dress by tsumori chisato, shoes by proenza schouler, cuff by jean paul gualtier
2: queen of france and/or england: alexander mcqueen
3: crusade bound: dress by elie saab, crazy war armor by jean paul gaultier
sorry, this has nothing to do with fashion but it made me laugh because i’m a big nerd. a tweeting of the declaration of independence.
via the gq eye
after tsarina alexandra yesterday, i figured i’d ride the revolutionary russia wave as far as i could. naturally, the most ‘editorial’ of all these cats would be rasputin. now i’m sure most of the people who read this blog are familiar with him from the anastasia movie. i hate to be the bearer of bad news but i don’t think he sold his soul for a vial of demon monsters to destroy the romanovs. rasputin was a mystic, some revered him as a prophet and others dismissed him as a lunatic. regardless of the public, tsarina alexandra turned to him to aid her son’s illness. rumors swirled around the tsarina and rasputin, but the czar refused to send him away for fear his beloved wife and son would feel betrayed. as his relationship with the royal family grew, so did his influence. ultimately driving the country’s nobles mad with jealousy and fear. and everybody knows what happens when you’re jealous and frightened enough. too bad for rasputin. please note: these captions are taken from this song
1: he was big and strong and his eyes a flaming glow: coat by rick owens, shirt by givenchy, pants by ysl, boots by ann demeulemeester
2: ra-ra-rasputin, russia’s greatest love machine: coat by john galliano, pants by ann demeulemeester, boots by tim hamilton
3: though she’d heard the things he’d done, she believed he was the holy healer who would heal her son: coat by burberry prorsum, shirt by neil barret, man-skirt and leggings by givenchy, boots by burberry prorsum
note: anastasia was posted ages ago…but check it out, one of my favorites.
maria louise of savoy is more commonly referred to as the princesse de lamballe. as was customary she was married at a young age to one of the greatest heirs in france. the match was arranged by his father who thought it wise to pair his debaucherous son with the beautiful and pious princess. despite his wishes, lamballe’s husband quickly returned to his ways and soon after marriage died of an STD. too bad so sad. widowed, lamballe traveled to the court at versailles where she became a close friend of queen marie anotoinette. we all know how that ended. lamballe met perhaps the worst end of all, after agreeing with the revolutionaries on the rights of man but refusing to renounce her friend and queen she was brutally (like bruuutallly) given up to a mob. her head was paraded around on a pike in front of marie’s windows and that’s not nearly the worst of it. oh well, she probably had some kick-ass refined style.
1: let’s be best friends, marie: dress by oscar de la renta, coat by reem acra, shoes and tights by ralph lauren
2: i feel like we should be working on something: dress by marc jacobs, fur by dennis basso, bag by marc jacobs, shoes by zac posen
3: party at versailles: dress by donna karan, coat by brian reyes, shoes and tights by ralph lauren
when i think of queen victoria the word that comes to mind is dignified. perhaps it’s just because of the imagery i’ve seen of her, who could forget that statue where she’s enthroned and looking out into the distance? it’s a pretty powerful image and you can tell that she means business. my favorite of her accomplishments (along with her husband albert) was the crystal palace exhibition where the world showcased technology and culture. to me it seemed one of those pivotal moments in history where everybody realized the future is going to come barreling towards us and we’ll be charging right at it. of course she today would walk that fine line between dowdy and dignified (a feat not accomplished by some of her contemporaries).
1: i mean business: suit by oscar de la renta, shirt by stella mccartney, tights and shoes by yves saint laurent
2: state function time: dress and shoes by reem acra
3: opening the crystal palace: coat by prada, trousers by stella mccartney, shoes by rachel roy, shirt (you can barely see) by reem acra