"1715 Doll" from the Gratitude Train

Marcel Rochas


The inspiration for this dress came from the painting L’Enseigne de Gersaint by Watteau. Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) was best known for inventing the fete galante, a genre characterized by outdoor parties and bucolic scenes in idyllic settings. L’Enseigne de Gersaint was actually completed in 1720, five years after the date of the Rochas design. Watteau created this work for his friend and art dealer, Gersaint’s shop, where it is believed to have hung in the window as a sign. This painting, in addition to being an interesting study of everyday life in an art dealer’s shop, is an excellent example of the famous “Watteau pleats”. The fashionable women in Watteau’s fete gallants were so often depicted wearing this style, that they became known as Watteau pleats.



"1888 Doll" from the Gratitude Train

House of Balmain


The inspiration for this dress was a design created by Worth for the Empress Elizabeth of Austria. Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898) was the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph (1830-1916). She was known for her keen fashion sense as well as strict health and beauty regimen.







This is what pisses me off about Tumblr. You all say you’re so accepting and you don’t want to offend anyone, but then thousands of people reblog something like this because Christians aren’t the minority. You wouldn’t want to offend a Muslim, and if this were offensive to them or another minority, there’d be so many comments about it. But everyone is completely fine with offending a non minority. “You’re not oppressed, you can’t talk!” You know what? I’m a Christian and this offends me and my faith, but nobody’s going to care about that because I’m not oppressed. Tumblr is hypocritical and that needs to stop.

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Oh my precious lambs:

Examine why you are being offended. Because this is literally how a sunset works. There is not room for debate on this question. There is less room for debate on this than there is on just about any other thing. We are not reblogging because Christians aren’t the minority, dear ones. We are reblogging because after the debate a few days ago, creationists were given the opportunity to pose a question for non-creationists. One of these questions was:

"How can you explain a sunset if their is no god?" (sp.)

Questions, we assume, are posed so that someone might answer them. And yes, there is an answer of how exactly one can explain a sunset given the absence of a divine force. Now, you can certainly posit that God is the creator of all things and so all things came from him including the sun and light refraction and anthrax and kittens and famine and all that jazz.

But you don’t get to deny that THIS IS HOW A SUNSET WORKS, and of the necessary elements of this equation (Sun + Atmosphere + Angle = Sunset), God is not one of them. That’s because everything else is an observable phenomenon, and God is not. You can explain a sunset without God. You can go ahead and believe that God’s part of it all. That’s cool. Lots of people believe stuff like that, and I encourage you to delve into the ways that people make science and their faith jive. But if you are offended by being shown the basic scientific principals behind a sunset, you must be offended by damn near everything. And that seems exhausting. 

In short:

People getting butthurt over science, fucking love it.


"1762 Doll" from the Gratitude Train

Edward Molyneux


Molyneux’s contribution features janseniste panniers, and was inspired by a portrait of Madame de Pompadour by de la Tour. Janseniste panniers were shorter and lighter-weight, stiffened with horsehair or boning and popular in the second half of the 18th-century. They were similar to English pocket panniers and allowed the wearer to access pockets in undergarments. Maurice Quentin de La Tour (1704-1788) was the French portrait artist to King Louis XV of France from 1750 to 1773. During his tenure, one of his many subjects was that of Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764), the famous courtesan and official mistress of Louis XV. “Madame Pompadour” (1755) depicts her in her home surrounded by books and works of art, alluding to her desire to enlighten the French court with the intellectual developments of Parisian culture at the time.


Trying to pay $50 for a $300+ costume commission is like trying to get French champagne on a Sprite budget.

MaryAnne Vivandiere, seamstress and owner of Vivandiere Designs, on cosplayers asking for ‘reasonable prices’ for custom made costumes, without taking into account the hours spent patterning & fabricating said costume, as well as the cost of materials. (via msjayjustice)


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Tried to convince someone today that $10 to ship something from the UK to the US (OVER AN OCEAN) wasn’t asking too much. I run into this kind of thing so often, and it’s just…really frustrating, because people don’t get it. Time is a resource, and resources are kinda by definition limited and valuable. More simply, THINGS COST MONEY IN THIS WORLD.

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Reminds me of the one time someone repeatedly tried to commission me to make a replica of something off Fan+Friend. Essentially a replica of a replica if we’re being honest. AND she wanted me to do it for 30% cheaper. FAN+FRIEND IS MADE IN CHINA. Do you have any idea how different the costs of living and labor are from the USA to China? They will always be cheaper! You pay for the quality, time, and concern I put into a garment. I will get you swatches, answer your multiple emails and questions promptly, send you a muslin for fit, and adjust my pattern for you. If you want cheap you should just order it from China. I’m totally in support of that. Don’t act like something handmade in the US is cheaper than China for some reason you weirdo. Also they were in the UK and wanted the shipping to be cheaper than from China too. *facepalm*