Advent Calendar – Day Eleven

11 December 2013






Evening gown, France, c1860-1. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, New York.

I have to admit that I’m more than a bit in love with this dress even though I know it would absolutely shocking with my blue hair! Isn’t it gorgeous though? Even though the colour is one that I will always associate with bridesmaid dresses in the late eighties, it manages to transcend this awkwardness and still be beautiful plus as I’ve said before, although the corsetry and crinolines of this period may have been cumbersome as hell to wear, the silhouette that they created is one of the most becoming ever.

I am still poorly and spent most of yesterday draped on a sofa watching Young Victoria, which I absolutely love. Emily Blunt makes a flawless Queen Victoria and this dress, even though it’s a couple of decades later (and therefore rather bulkier about the skirts) than the gorgeous gowns worn in the film certainly recalls them to mind with its softly hued prettiness.

Set against the infamous Jack the Ripper murders of autumn 1888 and based on the author’s own family history, From Whitechapel is a dark and sumptuous tale of bittersweet love, friendship, loss and redemption and is available NOW from Amazon UK, Amazon US and Burning Eye.

‘Frothy, light hearted, gorgeous. The perfect summer read.’ Minette, my young adult novel of 17th century posh doom and intrigue is available from Amazon UK and Amazon US and is CHEAP AS CHIPS as we like to say in dear old Blighty.

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