Choose Lora Leigh's <em>Collision Point</em> Cover! Choose Lora Leigh's Collision Point Cover! Team H & H Which Lora Leigh cover belongs on bookshelves? Vote now! <i>Shameless</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Shameless: Exclusive Excerpt Nana Malone and M. Malone "You know, I hear you can go blind if you use those things too much." <i>Wed to a Spy</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Wed to a Spy: Exclusive Excerpt Sharon Cullen "Aimee closed her eyes and drew in a deep breath..." <i>Outlaw’s Honor</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Outlaw’s Honor: Exclusive Excerpt B.J. Daniels "He's determined to protect her—and he'll risk his life to do it…"
From The Blog
May 23, 2017
Dirty Dancing’s Johnny and Baby Last Forever
Mala Bhattacharjee
May 23, 2017
Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Bennett, Douglas, Witt, Dee, York, Willoughby, Dean, and Vaughn
Team H & H
May 23, 2017
Bonnie and Clyde: History's Most Infamous Couple
Jenni L. Walsh
May 20, 2017
ICYMI: Latest Free E-Book, The White Princess, Binge Read, and more!
Team H & H
May 19, 2017
Start Reading Roni Loren’s The Ones Who Got Away!
Roni Loren
Showing posts by: Loretta Chase click to see Loretta Chase's profile
Tue
Jun 24 2014 12:00pm

A Flare for Fashion in the Nineteenth Century

Vixen in Velvet by Loretta Chase Today we're pleased to welcome author Loretta Chase to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Loretta's latest release, Vixen in Velvet, is the third book in her Dressmakers series, and its heroine Leonie is the third Noirot sister and co-owner of the Maison Noirot dress shop. Clothing and fashion is an integral part of the series, and Loretta shares some of her fashionable findings with us today. Thanks, Loretta!

Readers have asked this Nerdy History Girl some wonderfully nerdy questions about my dressmakers and their profession. Did successful shops like Maison Noirot, run by women, actually exist? Were the rivalries as vicious as as I’ve painted? And just how big a deal was fashion then, anyway?

To start with the crucial-to-my-dressmakers-question, fashion was a very big deal for a class of people who consumed conspicuously. The 1835 Court Journal (one of my main resources) describes the dresses Royals and certain other important ladies wore to major events like Royal Drawing Rooms. Ladies’ magazines went to the expense of including hand-colored fashion plates, often featuring both London and Paris fashions. Magazines had a Paris Correspondent who described what fashionable Frenchwomen were wearing. These notes were guides for both aristocratic English ladies planning trips to Paris and dressmakers wanting to be in fashion’s forefront. Magazines unable to afford a Paris Correspondent simply copied what the other magazines printed. Piracy was rampant. In fact, Godey’s caused a stir when they dared to copyright their contents.

[How dare they, indeed...]

Tue
Jun 28 2011 1:00pm

Now Win This!: Loretta Chase

 

Sorry, this sweepstakes has ended.

Check our Sweepstakes page for more offers!

 

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta ChaseClick here to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. You must be 18 or older and a legal resident of the 50 United States or D.C. to enter. Promotion begins June 28, 2011, at 12 pm ET, and ends July 5, 2011, 11:59 am ET. Void in Puerto Rico and wherever prohibited by law. Click here for details and official rules.

 

[Read more...]