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Restoration Era Sex Manual Is Finally On Sale

You know how the Victorian era was all fainting couches and chastity belts? Evidently, the Restoration era* was off the chain.

Per The Guardian, a book called Aristotle’s Compleat Master-Piece is now being brought to auction. While the book was originally published in an era best referred to as the Restoration, around 1680, the copy in question was produced somewhere in the neighborhood of 1760 in the so-called Georgian era.

Art, architecture and smut (fine, pornography and erotica) has coexisted since the first cave bro sketched a spear going from his crotch into a cave woman’s crotch rather than from his hand into a mastodon’s keister. Tell me that pyramids don’t remind you of early man trying to cover his turgidity with a gauzy linen sheet. Read more…

Unlikely Style Icon: Brat Pitt In “Interview WIth The Vampire”

Before there was Team Edward and Team Jacob, sparklevamps,”The Vampire Diaries,” and “True Blood,” there was just Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise and baby Kirsten Dunst. Yup, “Interview With A Vampire,” was the best vamp movie of recent years. And Brad Pitt has never looked better than when he was playing reluctant vamp Louis de Pointe du Lac opposite Cruise’s pervy, bloodlusty Lestat de Lioncourt. In honor of Brad and his cool Victorian vampire style, we’ve given you all the key elements to steal his iconic goth-y vampire look. Deets after the jump! Keep reading »

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Don’t Worry, Victorian Era Dating Was Also Completely Confusing

Flirting And Marriage
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If you think dating is complicated now, wait until you see how frigging confusing dating in the Victorian era was. Sure, there were all the constricting social rules and mores that dictated how one was supposed to behave. But there was also an esoterically complicated thing called “Handkerchief Code.” Check out the must-know hankie rules after the jump!

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Valentino’s Spring Campaign, All Ladylike and Such

Bette Franke, Maud Welzen, Fei Fei Sun, and Zuzanna Bijoch star in this gorgeous ad for Valentino’s Spring 2012 collection, as shot by fine art photographer Deborah Turbeville. These dresses — and the look of the shoot — remind me of Gustav Klimt’s reform dresses, mixed with classic buttoned-up Victorian elegance. Which is to say I want to wear all of them.

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