Ten Reasons Why Victorian England Is The Perfect Setting For Murder Mysteries
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Monday, May 02, 2022
One of my favorite things about writing historicals is—the clothes!!! The Wilkins sisters of “The Dollar Duchesses” series (especially beautiful Rose!), as American heiresses, could afford any of the finest gowns of the day. But of course she would first go to Worth, as everyone of the day did! A lady simply had be dressed by The House of Worth, especially ladies with a mother like Mrs. Wilkins, determined to wed her beautiful daughters to English nobility. Rose, as the most stylish lady in London Society, often wears his gorgeous gowns—and hopefully her estranged (but still deeply loving) husband Jamie notices...
Charles Frederick Worth, the designer who dominated Parisian fashion in the latter half of the nineteenth century, was born in Bourne, Lincolnshire, England, on October 13, 1825. As a young man, Worth worked as an apprentice and clerk for two London textile merchants. In addition to gaining a thorough knowledge of fabrics and the business of supplying dressmakers during this time, he also visited the National Gallery and other collections to study historical images for inspiration in his romantic style of design
Worth’s designs are notable for his use of lavish fabrics and trimmings, his incorporation of elements of historic dress, and his attention to fit. While the designer still created one-of-a-kind pieces for his most important clients, he is especially known for preparing a variety of designs that were shown on live models at the House of Worth. Clients made their selections and had garments tailor-made in Worth’s workshop. This spread his fame far beyond the designers known only to those “in the known.”
With his talent for design and promotion, Charles Frederick Worth built his design house into a huge business during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. His sons, Gaston-Lucien (1853–1924) and Jean-Philippe (1856–1926), took over their father’s business following his death in 1895 and succeeded in maintaining his high standards. Jean-Philippe’s designs in particular follow his father’s aesthetic, with his use of dramatic fabrics and lavish trimmings. The house flourished during the sons’ tenure and into the 1920s. The great fashion dynasty finally came to an end in 1952 when Charles Frederick Worth’s great-grandson, Jean-Charles (1881–1962), retired from the family business.
Sunday, May 01, 2022
(fun things to read, a little late this weekend!)
Saturday, April 02, 2022
Monday, March 21, 2022
Coming Soon! The last book in my "Dollar Duchesses" series, the tales of 3 American heiress sisters who marry English dukes. I loved writing this one, especially getting to virtually visit Venice whil during lockdown...
To save their marriage!
Suggesting divorce to her estranged husband, Jamie, Duke of Byson, takes all of Rose Wilkins’s courage. Years of distance and heartbreak have taken a toll—she needs a new start. But Jamie won’t hear of divorce, because of the scandal alone. His counteroffer is a trip to Venice… Might discovering Venice’s delights together rekindle the still-simmering desire that drew Rose to Jamie as a starry-eyed young American heiress?
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Benefit Ukraine Auction (I have items up for auction here!)
How "Vikings Valhalla Actor Leo Suter Turned Into A Warrior (I am obsessed with this show right now!!!)