This past Monday was the first day of spring. Huzzah. Ordinarily, I cover the modern fashion trends with a decidedly Victorian twist. For the past few years I have focused on women’s fashion as they are more pictorially prevalent. NOT this year! This year, I am making a point to include more masculine tastes for a change. Consider it, my step into equality. Since, Vogue took over my go-to site for up-to-the-minute fashion, things have not been the same. However, there are some upsides, like a slew of fashion trends for the Spring and Autumn seasons, a departure from style.com’s less than a dozen featured trends. This works well for my first 19th Century Modern’s Gentlemen Fashion post in years. Of course, ladies may wear all these recommendations as well, as the trends stem from the Women’s Fashion Collections. Below are eight of the hottest spring trends for 2017 and how a Victorian fellow, might accommodate the flights of fancies and all out swag. So I am introducing our 19th century sartorial man about town: “Frederick Fashion” to give us his perspective and interpretation.
Evidently February AND March are kicking my behind with back-to-back crazy activities and unexpected expenses. –How are you faring, Dear Readers? Ready to move beyond your own little dramas and catch up on the news? I am! *raises hand*
Below are the eight headlines for March. If you think Victorian is staid and stuffy you are in for real surprise, when you learn the 19th century’s authors tips and symbolism to the hotter sex scenes than 50 Shades of Grey. Pictures galore speculate on the nature of gentlemanly displays of affection from one man to another. Was it culturally acceptable at that time? It makes one wonder when the “Macho Man” ideal came into play, here in the United States. In a similar vein, in the 1800s hardcore science was for “wimps” or those who batted for the other team. Really?! Read more on it below. Another article addresses sexism. For those foodies, there is a piece on Victorian on local Southwestern Victorian fare. Talk about a fascinating niche market! Looking for stylish 19th century trains? Thomas can assist you in your endeavors. It is rare to find information on 19th century Hawai’i since their monarchy was in decline and colonialism was turning ugly, learn some new history. Lastly, as a nod to Arizona, there is an article about the my state’s largest annual Steampunk convention with a slew of pictures to ogle at!
As a Librarian I am constantly coming across interesting books via donations, read a ridiculous amount of book reviews and quickly make decisions based on collection criteria in hopes it will be a highly checked out title of great use or interest to our City’s population. Thus said, every librarian, will occasionally buy books of personal interest to them. Any one that says otherwise is lying. To my credit, I seldom do this since my interest are not “popular” in my area, but I still try to purchase titles that I know will be checked out by other people, besides myself. Not too long ago I purchased a book on the history of how some of everyday household item were first invented. Below is a partial excerpt from the book.
*Citation listed at the end
“[King Camp Gillette] came from a family of creative dynamos . . . “My impulse to think and invent was a natural one,” Gillette wrote in his memoirs. . . .While [his father] never hit it big commercially with his tools, he urged King to keep at it: “Just invent something that the people need, and you’ll make yourself wealthy for life. Keep looking. You’ll hit upon something that a lot of people want.”
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Or as the popular meme goes, “Still a better love story than Twilight,” because today we are talking all about stories. It is time for our monthly Pre-Reads post! If you are new to the blog, here is a little explanation. Each month on the last Wednesday, I tap into my Librarian powers (erm–resources) and comb through copious amount of reviews of titles that are set to debut this month. By nature of the date, I have not read these books nor will I be able to recommend one title over another in good faith. However, I can vouche all these 19th century inspired tomes are highly reviewed. My sources include Amazon, Baker and Taylor Firsts, Kirkus Review, Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly. Below are eight fiction titles and eight non-fiction titles that will be of interest to any Victorian minded fanatic. I like to make sure the suggestions are well rounded to accommodate for a variety of tastes. Naturally, they are put in alphanumeric order, because I am a Librarian. I have made an asterisk to note which titles I have actually purchased for the library which I work at. What books from this month haul is going on your To Read List?