Mid Modern Period

(1750 – 1914)

Time Travelling; Georgian Style…

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Source: no1royalcrescent.org.uk Imagine stepping through a door that will take you back in time. Where would you go? What would you see? Well, on the 21st June 2013 that is exactly what you will be able to…

The Real Housewives of Versailles

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My husband and I were warned prior to traveling from Paris to Versailles; apparently we would be sorry to spend more than a day there. “You’ll be bored silly,” people scoffed. I now realize those…

The Earl and The Showgirl

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It sounds like something from a bad romantic fiction. It’s the 1850s, and Henry the 7th Earl of Stamford, handsome, rich and powerful, heir to several estates scattered across the country, meets and pursues the…

Can You Cancan?

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Ooh la-la! Long skirts, frilly petticoats, stockings, feathers, whooping and high kicking ladies in a line. This is the saucy and sassy image we conjure up when visualising a performance of the cancan. The outfits…

Hameau de la Reine: A Queens Playground

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It’s pretty clear that Marie Antoinette was rather indulged, bless her soul. Her dresses were crafted by the mother of Haute Couture, Rose Bertin. Her hair was personally dressed by prolific hairdresser of the day,…