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Unbelievable Couture Auction on Dec. 8

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Hey Frocktalkers – Wanted to alert you to the most beautiful auction of costume items I have ever seen.  It’s in Chicago on December 8, and you can bid from the comfort of your own home on these items.  It has left me breathless – over 600 unique lots of Victorian & Edwardian clothing, jewelry, accessories, tons of 1920s – 1940s stuff, furs, hats, shoes, handbags, lace, contemporary things… it’s stunning.  Please take a look at it here: http://www.susanins.com/

It’s Auction number 129, just click on the “catalog” section and then click on “complete catalog”.  OMG, you guys.  Spread the word.  This collection is so beautiful, it deserves a new home with people who appreciate it… people like us! I’ll be bidding, FOR SURE… will you?

– KMB

Albert Nobbs

Release Date: 1-27-2012

Run time: 114 min.

Period: 1860s Ireland

Costume Designer: Pierre-Yves Gayraud

Continuing on the theme of the sexual politics of dress, Albert Nobbs is a very interesting costume piece. Set in 1860s Dublin, our titular character Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close) is not at all who he appears to be. And that is, a she. For thirty years, Albert, a woman, has been dressing as a man.

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Comic Con: Day Three – Steampunks!

Detail of a backpack worn by Professor Jager

Detail of a backpack worn by Professor Jager

What is steampunk?  Is it a genre?  A special-interest society?  A sub-culture?  An aesthetic movement?  I think the answer is: yes!  Steampunk has its roots in the Victorian-era science fiction writing of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.  Consider The War of the Worlds (1898), The Invisible Man (1897), and The Time Machine (1895) by Wells, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1872), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1871), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) by Verne.  These books were revolutionary when they came out – it was the birth of science fiction.  Steampunk is born from this period – a time when the world was on the verge of the technological explosion that led to widespread use of electricity and automobiles.  Steampunk captures an era where steam (as a power source) held infinite potential, horse-drawn carriages roamed the land, and brass, leather and wood were king.
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