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Friday, 16 December 2011

Filthy Victorians: Julia Wood, modern-day Victorian extraordinaire

Yes, fellow Filthy Victorians, the Daily Mail revealed this week that a nice lady named Julia Wood (whom they describe as an 'eccentric spinster') not only dresses like an extra from Downton Abbey each and every day but has spent thousands of pounds decorating her home with 19th and early 20th century antiques and sees herself as 'an ambassador for a lost age of beauty and elegance.'

Julia Wood
Source: Daily Mail
At the start of each season, 42-year-old Julia meets with a personal dressmaker to discuss the designs she has come up with for the wardrobe she wishes to be attired in. She is a university graduate, a writer, passionate about Oscar Wilde, and finds a parasol to be 'great self-defence against the hoodie generation'.

Julia's obsession with all things Victorian began in the 1980s (go figure) when she was 17; after a trip to see The Importance of Being Earnest she began wearing silk breeches to school. Her one-bedroom flat in Leicester is resplendent with velvet and mahogany - as she describes it, "the sort of room you'd be comfortable having a seance in," which is perhaps why her home did not win ITV telly competition May The Best House Win in November...

Julia does own a TV and a laptop, but only likes to watch Midsomer Murders and states that jeans 'represent everything that is wrong with modern society. Everything is too casual these days. There is casual sex, casual talk. Everything is disposable - from microwave meals to morals.'

Unsurprisingly, Julia's daily outfits recieve mixed reactions from fellow Leicester locals. Whilst old ladies are fond of Julia's unusual style and builders have been known to serenade her with songs from Mary Poppins, the younger generation is usually somewhat at a loss. Julia mentions that she did once dress as 'a 21st century person' for a fancy dress party, and was amused when 'everyone else' went as... her.

You can read more about Julia, and admire a selection of her Victorian and Edwardian furniture and lovely outfits on the Daily Mail's website here.

Julia, we Filthy Victorians salute you.

12 comments:

linnea-maria said...

What an interesting lady!

silsmile said...

I admire her devotion. I'd get bored, dressing like that everyday. But good for her--doing what makes her happy, every one else be damned. :)

Admiral Barca said...

Julia' flat decor reminds me of my grandad's cottage, but with less mannequins, chemistry equipment and musical instruments taking up all the space o.O Gorgeous place, pretty much my dream house!

Traicetrak said...

Isn't she just a beauty, though! It tickles me pink, too, to see someone create a life built right out of their imagination. Kudos to her!

Sal Kaye said...

Thanks for sharing! I hadn't heard about her until now. Will have to google her. :)

Hexotica said...

What a lovely, eccentric lady! I'll have to google more images about her.

GothPocket said...

Gosh that is so neat!

Kamyria Magdalena Mourn said...

What an awesome lady!! :)

Gothy Girl said...

Oh gosh, that's going to be me when I'm forty :) Except with bustles.

The HouseCat said...

I love how she's decorated her flat! I'm sure after being seen in the Daily Mail there'll be fan-mail from Romanic Goths, Dandies and Steampunks galore. I'd love to live like that... But with my laptop! My partner's too much of a minimalist to let me do the house like that though.

akumaxkami said...

Awesome! >_<

Maeam said...

...I.....I LOVE IT~!!!

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