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montmartre-parapluie · 4 months ago
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So, someone has been Lurking a round the Shadow and Bone fandom - mostly inspired by the fabulously talented @orlissa’s and @jomiddlemarch ‘s glorious fics, which give a GREAT nod to a more historically grounded Grishaverse. And... I do keep going to Pinterest and staring at pretty gowns, (coincidentally in shades of gold and black)... so...
Oh, what the hell. I make no apologies, people. This mad historical fashion dump is my ‘give Alina ALL the imposing gowns and elegant outfits’ -and possibly a shadowmancer husband post...
A Radiant Ballgown - Literally!
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First off, I COULDN’T pass up this gown! It was designed by Charles Frederick Worth for an 1883 fancy dress ball in New York for one of the Vanderbilts, who appeared as the personification of “Electric Light”.
This was a very cutting edge costume for the time. The dress even came equipped with a battery to power an electric torch carried in one hand.
(But who needs batteries when you’re a Grisha Sun Summoner?)
It’s a glorious combination of butter yellow and white silk, with hints of lustrous black velvet at the hem. The spangled gold embroidery all over the gown would glitter under strong light - which is just PERFECT for a Sun Summoner to wear whilst demonstrating her powers. It’s also no bad outfit to wear if you have Unresolved Sexual Tension with your shadowy nemesis whilst dancing in the midst of a decadent Lentsov masquerade ball. This gown sort of begs for that kind of high-melodrama!
Keftas Galore...
Now, I don’t know whether I’m subconscious channelling some ‘last days of the Romanovs/Anastasia’ vibes when I think about keftas for Alina...
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(Not ... quite what I’m going for)
but... I ended up looking at Paul Poiret Edwardian evening coats for inspiration, and oh my goodness, the sheer luxurious drama of them all!
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Grisha keftas... because they’re worth it. (The one on the right feels very ‘Decadent Tango with the Darkling’ to me)
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I mean, if you’re going to have to rule as a benevolent dictator with your shadowmancer husband after overthrowing a corrupt regime in order to protect Grishakind and Ravka, you might as well look amazing while doing it, right? In colours which show how you “balance” each other out...
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The gorgeous yellow velvet robe on the right looks like maybe the costume designer from Shadow and Bone used it as inspiration for Alina’s gold kefta? either way, the black appliqué is GORGEOUS. And I would wear it in a heartbeat.
Plus, if you couple them with the breathtaking Mario Fortuny gowns of the late teens/early 20s, it gives a gorgeous look that very much plays into the ‘Sankta Alina’ image...
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They come in gold and black, for choosing your look: ‘Sun Summoner’ or ‘Dark Bride of the Starless Saint’.
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I have to admit, my shipping brain chose these last couple of fluttery dressing gowns for the fact they would be very tactical for persuading Aleksander to stop working on his battle strategies and come to bed.
I’m sorry. i’m trash.
A massive, massive thank you to all the wonderful fic writers out there!
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orlissa · 2 months ago
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1906, Girolamo Giuseffi
@jomiddlemarch @montmartre-parapluie @vesperass-anuna it's just so freaking beautiful
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jomiddlemarch · 2 months ago
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Good morning, Ravkan Fashion Squad! Here’s an entry for a sleek kefta upgrade for Alina, whether or not she is the Tsaritsa of Ravka, the General’s Bride, or some other, to-be-determined title that reflects her decision not to retreat to the orphanage at Keramzin with Mal.
I love the lines on this and the pleats and don’t forget those gloves!
@orlissa @montmartre-parapluie @vesperass-anuna @fericita-s @theburnbarreljester
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fericita-s · 3 months ago
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Title: Jacket
Date: late 19th century
Culture: Hungarian
Medium: leather, wool, metal, glass, silk
Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Museum Expedition 1920 & 1921, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 1921
Accession Number: 2009.300.51
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montmartre-parapluie · 2 months ago
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Another Shadow and Bone Costume Post...
@orlissa, you really shouldn't GIVE me the chance to assign gowns to characters like this. I get far too into it... @vesperass-anuna, @pia-bartolini, @jomiddlemarch, give me your dress headcanons too!
Right, where to begin!
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1) Woman’s Dress,” c. 1866–68, designed by Charles Frederick Worth, label Worth & Bobergh, Paris - You nailed it! This is DEFINITELY Alina.
There's a subtlety about that gold/cream that says Sun Summoner, but - in a gentle, refined way. (ALSO - although Alina may not have had a "proper" wedding ceremony in Terrible Beautiful Unsaid Things, I have a sneaking suspicion Aleksander apologises to her by having a gorgeous 'wedding anniversary' celebration ball the next year, where she wears this...)
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2)“Woman’s Dress,” c. 1866–68, designed by Charles Frederick Worth, made by Worth & Bobergh, Paris
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Genya. This is 100% GENYA. There's a cleanness, elegance and lack of fuss about this that feels very Miss Safin. She's avoiding the 'dressed like a wedding cake look' the Court demands. Plus tell me that colour wouldn't look AMAZING with her red hair. She would look like a Fae Queen, and David would 100% be heart-eying her behind her back.
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3)“Woman’s Evening Dress,” c. 1886–87, designed by Charles Frederick Worth
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I don't know what is is about this one - the perky bow on the front? that dash of deep crimson (Heartrender?) red? the gorgeous embroidered flowers with that yellow train?
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But this feels very "Fancy Nina" to me - possibly acting as a Grisha Ambassador to Kerch whilst spying, or something. It's got her irrepressible nature as well as her skills and subtlety there. (AND the bow on the bodice is at just the right height to ahem, "distract" Matthias...
4)“Woman’s Day Dress,” c. 1878–80, designed by Charles Frederick Worth
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Another Alina for me, I'm afraid! The colours with the golden flowers and that luxurious black silk are SO 'Darkling Sun Summoner Kefta' it hurts. I love it deeply.
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(and... you just KNOW Alina is probably wearing THIS corset beneath it, which... ahem, Aleksander probably makes this face when thinking about...)
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(Sorry for the unexpected Darklina thirst there, guys - oh who am I kidding, I apologise for nothing)
“Woman’s Evening Dress,” c. 1886–87, designed by Charles Frederick Worth
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This feels like "Deliberatively Provocative Nina", to me. The pink, the tantalising low neckline, the outrageous lace and embroidered silk and ribbons? This is all worn to provoke an uneasy 'Fjerdan Women are modest and would never dress so...so shamelessly' lecture from Mathias that you just KNOW is going to end up in a heated make-out session - with the offending dress on the floor.
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montmartre-parapluie · 3 months ago
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Happy birthday @orlissa!
Just thought I’d drop another Ravkan Fashion Squad submission as a birthday gift, because you’ve rewarded us all beyond belief with your wonderful fic updates! And... 1880s Worth reception gowns with intricately embroidered sunbursts feel very relevant to Alina in Life Unfolds iIn Chapters?
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(Tell me that isn’t Fabrikator/Durast made, @vesperass-anuna @jomiddlemarch @fericita-s ?)
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jomiddlemarch · 3 months ago
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What Alina wants to wear
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What Genya wants Alina to wear
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What Genya and Alina agree upon, but make the leather black or risk Aleksander’s side-eye.
@fericita-s​ @orlissa​ @montmartre-parapluie​ @vesperass-anuna​ @theburnbarreljester​
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orlissa · 3 months ago
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Coronation dress of Maria Alexandrovna, wife of Emperor Alexander II, from 1856.
Would fit nicely into Alina's court wardrobe, wouldn't it? @vesperass-anuna @jomiddlemarch @montmartre-parapluie
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jomiddlemarch · 3 months ago
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I found Nina Zenik’s boots! Wonder if Matthias helps her with the buttons...
@fericita-s @orlissa @montmartre-parapluie @vesperass-anuna @theburnbarreljester
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jomiddlemarch · 3 months ago
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If this had been the picture of Aleksander Baghra had hidden in the basement, Alina might have had some justification in running away. Or staying to rifle through Aleksander’s closet for the scarlet dressing gown and the jeweled slippers. 
Thanks to John Singer Sargent!
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orlissa · 4 months ago
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@jomiddlemarch​, @montmartre-parapluie​, you ladies are a bad, bad influence on me XD I just went through my #dress tag, looking for beauties that could be used as inspiration when writing Darklina fics :P And did I find some contenders...
(No historical basis this time, just pretty modern dresses, cuz why not)
Marchesa Notte Spring 2016
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Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2013--look at that cape!
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Alberta Ferreti Fall/Winter 2015--dress for some court function?
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Marchesa Notte Fall 2016
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Dur Sara Bridal Fall/Winter 2017--now imagine this in black
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Zuhair Murad Fall/Winter 2017
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Antonios Couture Spring/Summer 2016--the cape!!!! Maybe pair it with the first or third dress?
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Zuhair Murad Spring 2007--Also imganine this one in black
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Paolo Sebastian Fall/Winter 2016--It may be a bit too revealing for court, tho :P
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I couldn’t find any info about the designer for this one, but it just screams seduction
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Paolo Sebastian Fall/Winter 2018--New kefta design?
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Leila Khashagulgova--Also new, formal kefta design. Either in this white, or in black. Either is good.
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Rayane Bacha Medieval Reveries Collection, 2019
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Marwan & Khaled Couture Fall/Winter 2019--Coronation gown anyone?!
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Linda Friessen “The Raven Queen” gown--with golden applique instead of silver
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Evening gown c. 1913--cuz let’s finish with a historical piece
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jomiddlemarch · 3 months ago
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Double trouble! I see the ice-skate boots going in Alina’s closet for winter skating outings with Aleksander but the roller skates are all Nina Zenik!
The actual boots and accessories belonged to Queen Maud of Norway, c. 1900-1910.
These are free as prompts for fanfic, if the spirits moves you!
@fericita-s @orlissa @vesperass-anuna @montmartre-parapluie @theburnbarreljester
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orlissa · 2 months ago
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@vesperass-anuna @montmartre-parapluie @jomiddlemarch, Alina’s coronation gown? :D
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jomiddlemarch · 3 months ago
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Ravkan home goods entry: This is the rocking chair Aleksander made himself, in secret, for Alina in pretty much any babyfic AU. It’s 17th century, which speaks to his age...
@orlissa @fericita-s @vesperass-anuna @montmartre-parapluie @theburnbarreljester
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jomiddlemarch · 3 months ago
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Another addition for Nina’s closet! This Edwardian blouse is embroidered with baskets of cherries :)
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orlissa · 3 months ago
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BTW, here’s my pinterest board where I’m collecting all the Ravkan Fashion Squad/fanfic inspiration gowns and corsets and such
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fericita-s · 3 months ago
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Tula Arms Factory Pair of Flintlock Pistols
Have we done fashion/accessories for Jesper yet? This pistol set was part of the haul on one of Jesper's good gambling nights in Ketterdam. The Duke he got them from did not have a good night, especially since his carriage was robbed while he was in the Crow Club betting away a family heirloom.
(actually made for Grand Duke Constantine Pavlovich of Russia ca. 1801, on display at The Met, image is public domain)
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fericita-s · 3 months ago
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Romanian Coat (1900) at the Met Costume Institute
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ravkanfashion · a month ago
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Zuhair Murad Spring 2007
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