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sentimental Herculean cravats

Cravats cartoon from a Milan newspaper, 1827, scanned from The Art of Sewing: Classic Techniques, by the editors of Time-Life Books, 1973. Bookmark it so you’ll have something to refer to the next time you’re seeking a Byronic Irish gastronome or a sentimental ballroom mathematician.

sentimental Herculean cravats

More from this series of books coming very soon — they’re amazing. In the meantime, see how nice they look in a stack here. I didn’t buy that whole stack but I’ve got a good start on my own stack.

the blue god

Staying with the Russian theme for one more day, here are some works by Russian painter, set designer and costume designer Léon Bakst. Many of these costumes were for the Ballets Russes.

the blue god
Costume design for “Le Dieu Bleu,” 1912, watercolor, gouache and gold paint.

Design for the costume of a pilgrim
Costume design for pilgrim (in “Narcisse”?), 1911, pencil, watercolor, gouache and silver paint.

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