|London! Paris! Rome!|
I've been slack about blogging lately and I am sorry. During June and July I was trekking ( weeel mostly rental-car-ing) said places of awesome and more. Once home, I fell sick, blah blah, bought an overlocker, busy busy, but now I'm back!
OK, enough blab, you wanna see holiday pictures. FYI I didn't realise I was travelling in Scaffolding Season, sooo many of the touristy hotspots were being repaired and cleaned...
|Trevi Fountain, Rome. No water but plenty of scaffolding.|
I did manage to get a few classic tourist photos, like Venice gondoliers, Big Ben, the Effiel towers, the Tardis and blurry shots of Royals.
|Gondolier school in Venice|
|Big Ben & parliament & the London Eye. Did I mention there was some kind of 'Ride your bicycle naked' event going on?|
|Harry points me out to his Granddad|
|As spotted in the market town of Werthby just outside York|
Such fine cultural icons aside, I went travelling for one reason: Museums of Frocks.
The V&A! Be still my heart, seeing with my own eyes the Victorian dresses that I had poured over in library books. *sigh* Wish there had been more.
|Victorian dresses at the V&A London|
Kensington Palace had a good selection, some display on Diana's frocks, which I hurried past to get to the good stuff: Queen Victoria's outfits!
|Queen Vic's riding jacket|
Speaking of everyone's favourite Queenie. The Globe theatre had a stunning aray of Elizabethan style stage costumes.
|Awesome theatre gear at the Globe. I have no plans to re-create this. This is strictly for experts.|
Out of London, the Fashion History Musuem in Bath was a trip highlight. While the sections on each era are quite limited, overall there's a lot to see.
They even have a fun dress up portion.
|Just takes a clip to get your old Vic on with plastic buckle clasps|
And I think I've found a potential new historical sewing obsession: 18th century frocks! *swoon*
|Genuine 18th century dress and stomacher at the Bath Fashion History Museum|
If I had been in Bath in September a huge bonus would be seeing the gathering of Jane Austen fans in their Regency outfits. As it was only July, instead I went hawking. Even though there were no historical outfits involved it was THE BEST.
|I've heard of hat hair, but Hawk Hat hair?|