Pardon my fur because fur is a hot topic in the fashion world. I remember once when I was 12 years old, in New York City, seeing a protest outside Neiman Marcus against fur. Truthfully, I’m not sure about which side I stand on in this issue – more research is required on my end. I have seen fur skillfully and artfully used by Isaac Mizarhi, for example, in the documentary Unzipped – showcasing how Eskimo culture inspired his fur based collection. Ironically making an appearance in the film is supermodel Christy Turlington (half Salvadoran) who has taken a stance on fur. She photographed in the nude back in 1993 for a PETA anti-fur campaign. I won’t stand on the fur political soapbox for too long, but I will say that I do wonder if we learned to respect ALL living things – animals, plants, etc. maybe we could then translate that to respecting each other including our own self-images (interjecting with love for the panza and fellow tanchis).
On a lighter note, Cora’s mother, Martha Levinson, is moving ever so nonchanantly with her air in baroque print, extravagant hat, glove use, and cozy fur. Edwardian folk are all about extravagance, exaggeration, and the grandiose.
Fur today in our Downton Abbey Steam punk Vintage inspired look is styled like this:
A vintage cream colored lace top with beautiful details including trims and ribbon – high collared of course. Bringing back the black bling beads (everyone in the house wears them) for a necklace, more gadgets with a brass glove holder of small hands clasping (similar here – Vintage Figural Ladies Hand Glove Purse Clip), and holding purple suede like gloves (similar here – Vintage Purple Gloves Leather and Suede also Vintage Purple Gloves Suede Lined. The purple compliments the golden vintage Phillip Lim, sunflower metallic-print skirt. Last, but not least is the fur. The fur items soon to be on sale at Madame X Vintage – are curious. The pieces were originally rummaged in Ohio – which explains why they are real and still have the heads on them. These are great, luxurious, cozy pieces – accenting a great outfit for a visit to the Downton Abbey House.Currently TionDesign has some great finds in her etsy shop.
I can’t talk about attire for Downton Abbey without including the fur. These pieces are remnants of fashion in history and practical for colder climates like Ohio – not to mention for looking chic without the Edwardian attributes. Pardon my fur – but I’m heading to Downton Abbey.