You know you have been doing too much historic costuming…

…when you start to dress everyone in the period that most suits them in your mind.

I got so fascinated with a raving 17th century beauty and a perfect Pre-Raphealite lovely that I completely messed up in swing class this week.

Has anyone ever told you that you have the face of a 17th century princess?


  1. Oh, I have the same problem. I have a hard time not staring at someone when I register what time period they should be in. There was a girl in my masters program who looked like she walked out of a Van Eyck painting. I was dying to put her in a truncated henin.

  2. I know what you mean! There’s a really popular American commercial, and the soccer mom in it looks like she stepped directly out of a Waterhouse painting–it throws me every time!

    PS I’m into swing dancing, too–have done Eastern/East Coast for years, am currently working on lindy and am taking Charleston in the spring 🙂 It’s such fun!!

    • I’ve never done East Coast – someday I want to learn! I do Lindy, and a bit of Charleston, and I’m learning Balboa right now. I love Bal because you can do it in elegant dresses!

      • East Coast is fun–it’s really versatile, so you can cut a rug in a pert little dress, or slow it down a little to accomodate something more gown-esque 🙂 I even managed to East Coast in my crinolined ballgown of a wedding gown!

        I’ve never tried Balboa–but you’ve piqued my interest!

  3. I do that all the time, and people do that to me too (I’ve been told I look like a victorian doll, victorian, and that I look like I’m from paintings by someone famous that I can’t remember the name of)

    • You do have a very doll-like face! You look like a Boucher to me, particularly his paintings of Louise O’Murphy (only much, much more modest!). I love how you have adapted late Georgian round-gowns to make your blue summer dress btw.

      • Aw, thanks. I much prefer the georgian era to victorian era anyways 🙂 Also I’m glad that you saw the round gown similarities in the dress!

  4. I’ve been told I look like a raphael madonna i have that rosy round face thing going on and look really young for my age. it pissed me off when i was younger but it ages well!

  5. Oh, so that’s why you told me on my blog that I look like a medieval… someone? 😀
    I don’t usually do it. But I’m afraid now I will!
    And that 17th century beauty somehow looks a bit like you to me.

  6. Snookie says

    How funny how all these interests intersect! I’ve been swing dancing for years, and I’m surprised at how often it comes up in the historical costume blogs I’ve been reading lately. And speaking of time periods that suit a face, I’m usually told I have a perfect late 30’s/early 40’s face, so I guess it works out!

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