Madame Isis’ Toilette is a new blog about 18th century beauty products and recipes to make them.
Fashion and culture from the 1700s.
This blog is sadly neglected these days , I don’t have the time and energy to update it regularly.
Here’s something I had to share though. A very interesting and well researched article by Madame Isis’ Toilette about supposedly poisonous ingredients in 18th century makeup and their effects: Death by makeup- An 18th century beauty myth?
So far the information is often scarce, the photos are often small or of bad quality, and the clothes are often badly mounted or not mounted at all. Still there’s lots and lots of great stuff to see, and the search function is great, except for the fact the session times out if you leave it too long.
Livrustkammaren (The royal armory), The Hallwyl museum and Skokloster castle have put their large collections online, containing many18th century costumes and other objects. The search function is great but the photo quality isn’t always the best. Click the picture to go to the website.
P.S. I just added a Databases category where I will be adding all the posts about 18th century related databases.
I feel terrible for neglecting this blog so much lately, but here’s a great 18th century blog I just discovered. At the Sign of the Golden Scissors talks about 18th century costuming and has some great articles about 18th century clothing with a focus on historical accuracy.
I just found this via Isis’ Wardrobe.
Before the Automobile is an absolutely amazing costuming blog by a Finnish girl with some of the best 18th century costumes I’ve seen. She also makes beautiful 19th century costumes.
My favourite post is one about making her own 18th century shoes, something I have been planning for some time. Maybe now I’ll finally get around to making a pair!
I’m very sorry I have neglected this blog for so long. I have been working on my bachelor’s thesis in History and have been too stressed out to focus on anything else, but now I’m back!
First something I’m sure you’ve already heard about elsewhere, but check out Colonial Williamsburg’s online exhibition Historic threads: Three centuries of clothing. There’s also a reproduction clothing exhibition coming soon called New Threads.
I just discovered this American 18th century blog with lots of costuming, A Fashionable Frolick.
John Singleton Copley - The complete works is a website where you yourself can upload missing paintings and drawings to complete the collection. I think it’s a great idea.
18th century notebook is a wonderful and very useful collection of links related to 18th century costume.
I just came across a new 18th century blog, Helt rococo. It’s in Norwegian but if you don’t know the language you can always check it out for the photos.