Dressed in Downton

Way back in March I had the opportunity to visit “Dressed in Downton” an exhibit of costumes from the hit British television show, Downton Abbey. The exhibit was held at the Spadina Museum (pro. spa-DEEN-ah), a 55-room mansion nestled in among a neighbourhood of rich midtown Toronto. Spadina is perhaps no substitute to Downton, i.e. Highclere Castle, but it is beautifully maintained historic building built in the 1860s and styled for the 1920s/1930s era.

Spadina House.

And now the exhibit!

On this outing we were also testing out our new Sony smartphone attachable lens. This is a DSLR lens that communicates with any phone/tablet via an app and its own dedicated wireless connection. Very cool. And also fabulous for this kind of exhibit: because the lens and viewfinder are not connected, you can stick the lens in inconvenient locations and still have a visual of the photo you are going to take without, you know, contorting your body.

The show was by appointment, with the exhibit followed by an accompanying tour of the mansion. We were led first up to the third floor servant quarters to get a chance to get a first taste of mansion life and ogle some gorgeous costume eye candy.

Wealthy American, Martha Levinson

Lady Cora’s Red Embroidered Gown

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East Meets West Meets History: Vogue Korea

One of my absolute favourite places to look at fashion – and by extension, costume – inspiration is Vogue Korea. I absolutely cannot read a single character of the Korean language, but the images truly speak for themselves.  So many gorgeous photo-shoots, and so many heavily influenced by both Eastern and Western historical fashion.

Obviously Vogue Korea’s website can be a little difficult to navigate for the Korean illiterate, but it’s worth the exploration to find some seriously gorgeous gems.

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Images via http://www.vogue.co.kr/