victorian

Love & Sex

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… READ MORE »


Celebs

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… READ MORE »


Love & Sex

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… READ MORE »


Style

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… READ MORE »