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Saturday, 30 July 2011

Filthy Victorians 2012

So since y'all already read Kitty's blog (right?!) you should already know about Kitty's upcoming project-slash-challenge. In a nutshell: the inspirational Ms. Lovett is going to be dressing as a Victorian lady - every day, for a whole year.

An original Victorian mourning dress from the 1880s.
Source: NYTimes.com
Sayeth the pink-haired one, "Is there anyone who would like to join me in this new venture?"

Duh.

Hang on, let me rephrase that.

ME! ME! OVER HERE! PICK ME!!!

2012, my dodgy darklings, is going to be the year of the Filthy Victorians. Now, I can't guarantee one hundred per cent historical accuracy, because I probably can't afford it and because I can't give up bat-patterned things. But I will do my very best to be as faithful as I can. Right down to the underwear.

To read more about Kitty's random stroke of genius, check out her post on the subject over yonder.

I'm off to stock up on bloomers.

One Year As A Victorian Lady? Count me in!

Oh, job interviews are going to be FUN.

39 comments:

Chloris said...

Oh my god. Oh my god. This is gonna be amazingggg

Tenebris In Lux said...

I can't wait to see the photos ^^

I should do a challenge in 2012 .. knowing me, probably about music?

Have fun :--P
(No really -- please do! I believe Victorian attire is very striking and lovely, but I don't have the money nor the knowledge to really pull it off)

Abilene said...

Oh my God. I can't wait to see these photos! I love Victorian dresses. =D

CookingChinchillas said...

If anyone can succeed with this challenge,it is Kitty.She is awesome !

Teresa said...

I wish I could join... Does this mean a lot of victorian tutorials? (Desired style: Neo-victorian.)

Also,I think a while ago you said you launched an online store? Where is it?

Naomi said...

This sounds so awesome. I can't wait to see some pics. I wonder if dressing in lolita also counts? Because I already do that every day :P

Unlacing the Victorians said...

Damn. I don't have the guts to do such a thing, but I am amazed by her dedication. I wish I had the same initiative.

It'll be pretty amazing to see unfold- for 365 days!

akumaxkami said...

Sounds like a lot of fun, but I don't have enough Victorian style clothing to partake in such an event. Maybe next year...lol.

On the upside though, bloomers are like the easiest thing in the world to make. ^_^

Fae said...

That Kitty is a brilliant Lady. I would do it but I can not but if I could I would. <3

Anonymous said...

This is totally and completely off-topic, but can one possibly be only half-goth? or is it all or nothing?

Teresa said...

@anon. You either are a goth or you aren't- You decide. What do you mean by "Half-goth"? Only wear gothic clothing sometimes? The clothing is really just optional, but most prefer it. Plus goth doesn't mean you have to give up color. And just because you do something not very gothic doesn't mean you can't be a goth. Otherwise none of us would like it.
Just don't dress up in full goth gear as a "costume". You need to have some apreciation for the subculture.


(Pretty good for a babybst. Even though I just copied what others have said)

kitty said...

Oh wow, this sounds like too much fun. :D I may give it a go- im working on making my very first handmade outfit right now, along with some christmas presents for an eldergoth who's dying for a velvet cape and a parasol to call her own.

VictorianAndroid said...

That would be so awesome!! I couldn't do it for a full year, but that's just an amazing concept.

Kitty Lovett; The Unadulterated Cat said...

Shit, I guess you've forced me into it now. XD

I woke up today and had thirty emails, mostly from my blog. Dicks!

I finally responded to them all (took approximately forever), and got on my dashboard.

Ninety followers?! "Holy shit! How could this have...amy."

Alright, alright....better get sewing then!

Kitty Lovett; The Unadulterated Cat said...

http://katafalk.wordpress.com/2009/03/14/how-to-sew-a-victorian-skirt/

A fantastic tutorial for anyone interested to use. I'll post it on my blag also.

Jessie said...

I can't wait to see this! And I really do hope you experiment on ways to create unique self inspired victorian outfits. Fashion is usless without a little style experimentation.

ultimategothguide said...

@ Teresa - I don't have an online store, but I am clearing out some of my old clothes which I will be selling cheap on this here blog in August. ^^

There will be tutorials, 'pre-posts' regarding my preparations to go all Victorian, handy shoppng links and reviews, daily outfit posts and weekly documenting of my experiences.

@ Kitty Lovett - I can't deny I'd probably get cold feet if I hadn't posted about it immediately. I mean, this is a big change when your wardrobe consists predominantly of tutus, T-shirts and New Rocks!

Honestly though I'm really excited!

@ Anon - I'm not precisely sure I get you. Being Goth basically comes down to liking and enjoying 'real' Goth music (the fashion and culture are also large parts of it, but there are plenty of people who like Goth music and consider themselves Goth but don't dress Goth, and plenty of people who like, for example, Goth art and literature, but aren't into anything else Goth at all) which would be difficult to half-do. Did that even make sense?

Also, what Teresa said.

Kitty Lovett; The Unadulterated Cat said...

tutus are made of yes, and if you disagree you are wrong. :|

And I want to point out I don't really like much "goth" music. I was raised on hippie music and classic rock. Can't blame me.

.......although i do have an extensive collection of musical soundtracks.

ultimategothguide said...

@ Kitty - *puts on my Gother Than Thou Hat* I will forgive you your music taste because you have awesome ideas, hair and sewing skills, but you can consider this a first black mark on your Goth Card. How dare you be your own person. Goodness gracious me. *takes off hat again*

I am curious though - what attracts you to a music-based subculture if you're not keen on the music?

Kitty Lovett; The Unadulterated Cat said...

Several reasons. I don't dislike all goth music, i'm just not into industrial. I like emilie autumn-style music, what with being a singer and all. I'm also attracted to the fashion - curious as to how something defined by fashion is music based, too - and really, try and get a chav to sit through Les Mis or listen to you rave on about 19th-century britain, then get back to me.

A subculture that approves of tophats is a subculture I must be a part of.

ultimategothguide said...

I would define it as music-based because the fashion is often seen as 'optional' (as Teresa says above) and because I'm not convinced that the Goth community would have formed the way it has without the original post punk and Goth rock bands... sure there would always have been romantic and melancholy types with a penchant for black, but the music ties it together. IMO, anyway.

Hmm *strokes beard* your description does sound 'Goth' to me... all right then, I amend my statement. Goth is USUALLY a music-based subculture UNLESS your awesomeness is equal to Kitty's, in which case overriding subcultural norms becomes possible.

Fair enough?

Kitty Lovett; The Unadulterated Cat said...

To be honest most of my dislike of industrial goth music comes from that one ex I had, the total alphagoth.

I can't explain how offputting it is when you're trying to have sex but your boyfriend won't put something other than german goth industrial on.

It's enough to make you want to be a nun.

The Green Fairy said...

See..I could probably start this now, because I have enough clothes..But..I'm not giving up green hair, and I'm too lazy to get up early to put make up on and..I don't wanna give up my current obsession with Black Milk tights...

I'd maybe do it for a month :P Maybe when I'm in Melbourne?!

ultimategothguide said...

@ The Green Fairy - go for it! <3

@ Kitty - yeah, I can understand that. Angry shouting German men is not usually what I wanna hear 'in the moment'. I did once have sex to Beatfreekz (or however it's spelt) cover of Somebody's Watching Me, which I do actually like, but unfortunately it was on repeat... the whole time. >.<

I think this is straying into TMI territory.

Also, I'm now wondering where I could get a Victorian nun outfit.

ultimategothguide said...

Hey, I just thought! My 21st birthday is in 2012! o.O I'm thinking... historically accurate Victorian harlot outfit?

Betsey Noire said...

That is possibly the coolest thing ever ever ever, I think you officially just rocked my world

chaoskitten[DF] said...

Ooh, I love Victorian Goth. My preferred style is Gothic Lolita but when I dress in it, I lean heavily towards Victorian Goth as an influence. :)

Can't wait to see this. Maybe I'll do something like this myself sometime....

LovleAnjel said...

ooo, how fun! Can't wait to see!

Teresa said...

Ooh, yay someone admits they don't really care for much of the music! My favorite music (in the entire universe) is pretty much anything by Emilie Autumn or Voltaire, because they are great singers and their music is delightfully creepy. (Or deep. Comparing Emilie to Ke$ha is like comparing an ocean to a puddle.) But I don't really care for... A lot of the other stuff. I'm fairy-like and dainty, I don't "Do" punk.


In other words... I bet I could spend January in Victorian clothes. I will do research.

ultimategothguide said...

@ Teresa - I could probably give you some recommendations if you're interested. :-)

Kitty Lovett; The Unadulterated Cat said...

Opera's where it's at. :3

captcha=foons. i lol'd

ultimategothguide said...

This is my life now. Shopping for bloomers and arguing opera vs. trad goth with pink-haired Aussies. Oh god.

Kitty Lovett; The Unadulterated Cat said...

Opera is the most traditional goth music. There was actually a similar movement in the Victorian era, where they listened to despressing opera and wore mourning dress all the time. I'm pretty sure they were called English. xP in all seriousness they did exist and were similar to the Bohemians in ideaology.

ultimategothguide said...

I so need to research that. ^^

Kitty Lovett; The Unadulterated Cat said...

I've heard it mentioned only in passing a few times. They were usually the fans of poets like Edgar Allen Poe and Oscar Wilde. If you can find any references that would be awesome.

NephaeliaVonDaemonen said...

Oh my Gods, this sounds amazing *-* Sadly though, I cannot do it as I will hopefully be going on exchange trips to France and Germany... I may try to do it as much as possible though ^-^

Juliet said...

Oh, I'd love to do this! But, sadly, I have school... It would be a bit... unreasonable... to wear Victorian attire. I also have absolutely no Victorian clothes, nor do I have the money. Well, I suppose I could be off to the thrift store.. My town always has wonderful old things, thanks to the Victorian-and-earlier era houses lining the streets! (Mine is actually a Victorian hotel!) I think I'll do my best, and wear Victorian clothing for special events, at the very least. C:

SkeleDuck said...

I want to do this!! Because I've already started... And indeed, the clothing bill will be horrible. I'm crying at the thought of sewing a decent amount of underwear to get myself through; I too cannot sew a button back on.

But hell, on with the show.

InfiltratorN7 said...

Maybe you could do your own version Green Fairy as a neo-Victorian so you can keep the green hair and keep making your own twists on the Victorian look.

(Yes, just found this earlier post on the topic, didn't realise you'd planned to do this as far back as July!).

Regarding the music vs. fashion debate. I really love Jillian Venters approach in her book by footing them on an equal footing and devoting a chapter section to each side of the debate.

It sounds like you're discussing the decadents Kitty. A movement which also included the likes of Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine and of course, Oscar Wilde. Here's the wiki on it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decadent_movement
Some more info about themes in their writing:
http://www.victorianweb.org/decadence/decadence.html

In the 1990s they made a cool film about it called Total Eclipse which I recommend tracking down if you're interested in the decadents. Sadly it's hard to get hold of, at least in region 2.

I also recommend both films The Trials of Oscar Wilde and the later film Wilde in which Oscar Wilde is played by Stephen Fry. I think they're both good films.

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