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The Legend Of Blue Willow China

China with it's patterns can be most beguiling. No pattern could be more so than Blue Willow. The legend was created to promote the sales of Minton's original china pattern. There are several versions of the legend that have circulated, but this is my favorite. This china pattern has clearly stood the test of time, most likely due to it's fantastic marketing with this romantic story. The Willow Legend There was once a Mandarin who had a beautiful daughter, Koong-se. He employed a secretary, Chang who, while he was attending to his master's accounts, fell in love with Koong-se, much to the anger of the Mandarin, who regarded the secretary as unworthy of his daughter. The secretary was banished and a fence constructed around the gardens of the Mandarin's estate so that Chang could not see his daughter and Koong-se could only walk in the gardens and to the water's edge. One day a shell fitted with sails containing a poem, and a bead which Koong-se had given to Chang, floated to the water's edge. Koong-se knew that her lover was not far away. She was soon dismayed to learn that she had been betrothed to Ta-jin, a noble warrior Duke. She was full of despair when it was announced that her future husband, the noble Duke, was arriving, bearing a gift of jewels to celebrate his betrothal. However, after the banquet, borrowing the robes of a servant, Chang passed through the guests unseen and came to Koong-se's room. They embraced and vowed to run away together. The Mandarin, the Duke, the guests, and all the servants had drunk so much wine that the couple almost got away without detection, but Koong-se's father saw her at the last minute and gave chase across the bridge. The couple escaped and stayed with the maid that Koong-se's father had dismissed for conspiring with the lovers. Koong-se had given the casket of jewels to Chang and the Mandarin, who was also a magistrate, swore that he would use the jewels as a pretext to execute Chang when he caught him. One night the Mandarin's spies reported that a man was hiding in a house by the river and the Mandarin's guards raided the house. But Chang had jumped into the ragging torrent and Koong-se thought that he had drowned. Some days later the guards returned to search the house again. While Koong-se's maid talked to them, Chang came by boat to the window and took Koong-se away to safety. They settled on a distant island, and over the years Chang became famous for his writings. This was to prove his undoing. The Mandarin heard about him and sent guards to destroy him. Chang was put to the sword and Koong-se set fire to the house while she was still inside. Thus they both perished and the gods, touched by their love, immortalized them as two doves, eternally flying together in the sky. Source: International Willow Collectors Not a happy story, but romantic nonetheless. Sherry I will link this to: Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage A Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day Do Tell Tuesday at Maybe She Made It Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House Share your Style Thursday at Common Ground Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of the Home What to Do Weekends at Shoestring Elegance Idea Box Thursday at Mila's Little Things

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Blog de Robe d'Exception sur la couture, les nouveautés, les gravures anciennes, la mode anciennes, les costumes historiques.

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A timeline of women’s fashion from 1784-1970

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WikiVictorian on Twitter

“Afternoon dress by Anna Dunley, 1905-06. Cincinnati Art Museum.”

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1876 Costume reference by baronessboomboom on DeviantArt

This is actually an educational handout I did for Stone Mountain Park a few years ago. It happens to be one of my favourite costuming periods. 1876 Costume reference

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Fashion History Dolls 4

The last group! 1888: 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." 1889: Marron. 1890: Georgette Renal. "This dress was inspired by a design by Redfern. British-born designer John Redfern opened his salon in the English seaport town of Cowes. As the house's popularity grew in Britain, it was expanded to the United States, and later Paris in 1891 under the design direction of John Poynter. After years of success Redfern was "By Royal Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen and H.R.H. The Princess of Wales" in 1888. After Redfern's death the house continued under the direction of Poynter, becoming a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture." 1892: Germain Lecomte. "The inspiration for this dress came from a painting by Leon Bonnat (1833-1922)." 1894: Fourrures Max 1896: Bruyere. "Though the exact garment is not known, the inspiration for this dress came from a design by Jacques Doucet (1853-1929)." 1900: Calixte. 1902: Robert Piguet. 1903: Canada Furs 1904: Louis O'Rossen. 1906: Elsa Schiaparelli. So, which one is your favorite? I'm rather in love with 1902, but I do also like 1867, 1788, and 1762.

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Reddit - femalefashionadvice - Women's fashion in every year from 1784-1970 (crossover post from r/history)


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