March 18, 2014 § Leave a comment
As the 1900s emerged, women were no longer hosting works of art in their hair or needing a maid to maneuver them into an extravagant gown. The style was softer, however shape and silhouette grew more apparent. Dresses hung to show off the figure of a woman rather than distort it. Women were clothed in long dresses, many were designed with embroidery, lace or silk. Styles such as the lampshade skirt and the hobble skirt were seen in this decade. A common style for every-day was a grey silk suit, similar to a modern day fitted suit except worn with a long and draped skirt and often a brimmed hat. Dresses and skirts now hung at the ankle; women were involved in more outdoor activities, a shorter hemline was necessary for this. Bodices were worn at a high-waist, while sleeves were still draped.
For men the outfit was a suit, no if’s or but’s about it. Men looked sharp. Trousers fit well and were buckled at the waist. On top would be a white-collard shirt; if not white, a shirt that had neat pin stripes. Necks were short; collars were worn with a tie hung properly. Jackets were black, brown or grey and would usually match whichever brimmed hat they wore that day. Some men paraded around a cane, usually to show off their level of class.
March 12, 2014 § Leave a comment
When we run out of mascara, it’s only a hop, skip and a drive to the store keeping us from once again lengthening and darkening our lashes with a fresh tube and wand. While mascara is considered a miracle-worker by some of us, have we ever considered where this magical black applicant originated? What holy outlet do we have to thank? The truth is, the emergence of mascara dates back thousands of years ago while having evolved amongst many different groups; from Egyptians to Romans.
Dating back as far as 4000 B.C., mascara was derived from native plants and animals, as the Egyptian women would use these natural resources to create a black pigment. The trend of emphasizing women’s eyes branched out to the ancient Greeks and Romans and later into the Renaissance era.
Mascara was first seen in the form of powder, being pressed just as our foundation and blush cosmetics. Women would then apply the powder by dampening a small and thin brush and stroking it cautiously onto their lashes; the moisture of the powder would allow the substance to stick. It was made through a concoction of soap chips and pigment that were mixed until a powder was then contrived. Later these same ingredients, plus a natural wax for consistency, would introduce creamy mascara that was bottled like lotion in small tubes.
It wasn’t until the 1960s that the use of a wand would be popularized and mascara would become and remain liquid. Over the years markets have introduced waterproof, lengthening and volume-enhancing formulas.