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.'
Source: Daily Mail
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.