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I am all about fairies and their magic. When I come across someone else who has the same love of the fey-people, I like to let others know about them. This is one of those times.

In their words:

Faerie Magazine is a quarterly print magazine that celebrates all things enchanted—from a scattering of mushrooms in an ancient forest to a sweet, scented gown made only of roses. Every issue features exquisite photography, original fiction and poetry, travel pieces (from bioluminescent bays to Scottish fairy hills and castles), artist profiles, recipes, home décor, otherworldly beauty tips, craft tutorials, and much more—with a dash of faerie (and mermaid, and dragon!) magic sprinkled throughout.

And finally, you might want to peruse the Faerie shop and all its autumnal treasures that we’ve gathered in this handy Autumn collection

Not only does it feature this new midnight rose bracelet:

Learning about Victorian Fashion

Source: Victoriana Magazine

In order to truly envision the fashions of the past, we need to examine period photographs.

Leafing through a 19th century ladies’ magazine, you will find an abundance of black and white engravings depicting period fashions; this is how a Victorian lady was kept up to date on current styles and accessories. Conversely, today’s digital marketing has dramatically redesigned how we visualize the latest fashions through glossy magazines, lively video presentations, and interactive online catalogs, making these quaint sketches appear as primitive as caveman drawings. In order to truly envision the modes of the past, we need to study antique garments from museums or private collections. Another way is to examine period photographs.

1862 Blouse

For example, presented above is a “Muslin Body with Puffed Yoke” originally published in an 1862 issue of Peterson’s Magazine. This Civil War era blouse has a drop shoulder, fine pintucks, and bands of puffs.

1860s Blouse

This 1860s sheer white cotton blouse features similar gathers, puffs and trimmings of the Peterson’s design.

1860s Clothing

Nevertheless, the Peterson’s Magazine illustration pales in comparison with this period photograph featuring a young woman sitting pretty for the photographer in a similar garment. Her blouse or bodice is of pure white muslin with puffs divided by bands of embroidered insertion and a narrow frill at the neckline. By putting both period magazines and photographs side by side we can truly envision the fashions of the Victorian era.