Posts tagged history
Posts tagged history
Government project: By the 1930s, surviving former slaves were old men and women; the time in which to capture their testimonies was running out, thus putting a sense of urgency to the project… One slave said in 1855: ‘Tisn’t he who has stood and looked on, that can tell you what slavery is – ‘tis he who has endured.’
Another man, John W. Fields, 89, said: ‘We were never allowed to go to town and it was not until after I ran away that I knew that they sold anything but slaves, tobacco, and whiskey. Our ignorance was the greatest hold the South had on us. We knew we could run away, but what then? An offender guilty of this crime was subjected to very harsh punishment.’
I can’t not reblog a badass chick from history.
Often mistakenly referred to as “female samurai”, female warriors have a long history in Japan, beginning long before samurai emerged as a warrior class.
dude look at how cool this lady is
Well, I guess there’s no one way to wear a corset, as the underwear layers worn by women have changed to much over time, but generally, from the stays of the 18th century to the corsets of the 19th century, your layers of underwear went kind of like this:
Your starting layer is a chemise…
I am really intrigued by this. Hope there’s a way for me to view it stateside.
We’ve shared some fan-taken on-set photos from the production; now we have our first OFFICIAL set of photos released today - one above, the other below.
Recapping… British actor/writer/director/producer Amma Asante’s period drama, titled Belle, about the trials and tribulations of a mixed-race girl, in the 1700s, stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Miranda Richardson, Tom Wilkinson, Sarah Gadon, Sam Claflin, and Matthew Goode.
Mbatha-Raw is of course playing the lead role, Belle.
The project, which was developed and supported by the British Film Institute, with Bankside Films, the UK-based international film sales company repping the £6.5 million ($10.1 million) film, which also co-stars Tom Felton (from the Harry Potter movies), Sam Reid (playing Belle’s love interest), James Norton and Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey).
Damian Jones (The Iron Lady) is producing, while executive producers are Steve Christian, Julie Goldstein, Ivan Dunleavy, Steve Norris, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross.
The story takes place in the 1780s, is based on a true story - specifically, the true story of Dido Belle, a mixed-race woman raised as an aristocrat in 18th-century England; it follows Belle, adopted into an aristocratic family, who faces class and color prejudices. As she blossoms into a young woman, she develops a relationship with a vicar’s son who is an advocate for slave emancipation.
Her full name was Dido Elizabeth Belle, born 1761, died 1804; she was the illegitimate daughter of John Lindsay (a white British Naval officer) and an African slave woman known only as Belle.
We’ll continue to watch Belle, so any developments will be reported here.
It’s expected to be delivered in spring 2013.
Costumes look 1770’s, hair looks 1760’s, but I’ll take what I can get. Yay for historical films with non-white (*coughKeiraKnightleycough*) leads!
If you’re able to get to a library, Valerie Steele’s book, The Corset: A Cultural History, is the best text on corsetry I’ve ever read.
I am really loving this mini-series.
In case you haven’t seen it yet…
Medieval costume porn.
Promotional still of Queen Isabella, portrayed by Clémence Poésy, on the set of the TV movie Richard II (2012)
A Brief History of Swimwear