January 21, 2009

Sumptuous Gowns

Last night, I was perusing my copy of Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century.  I cherish this book. If you are interested in 18th century fashion, you will love the scenes and paintings in this book.

Besides the historical notes in the text, the photography allows you to closely examine the clothes. You can clearly see the construction, lace, fabrics, and trims on the clothing. It is exquisite.

I was going to point out a favorite gown, but my mind cannot settle on one. I love too many.



October 17, 2008

The Golden Leaf Bookstore

I recently added an Amazon-affiliate store to Aurora's Dream. It is called The Golden Leaf.

The Golden Leaf offers an eclectic assortment of books, magazines, perfumes, and music.  I have included children's books, books about dolls or doll collecting, magazines, and literature.

You can use The Golden Leaf to purchase anything you want from Amazon (even if I haven't included it in the store).

I'll be updating the links in the store regularly. Enjoy!!!

March 18, 2008

Heian era literature

Over the past few months, I have been reading about Heian Japan. I read The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu. I have also read The Diary of Lady Murasaki and The Tale of Murasaki. My studies of the literature, history, and culture of Heian-era Japan are not finished. I intend to read some of the poetry and books written by Murasaki's contemporaries. I have also been reading about Japanese kimono from various eras.

I love the poetry (called waka) from this time. It is filled with many natural images. It is very serene. When I read the waka, I often think of peaceful afternoons spent in quiet reflection on the shore of a lake.

Here are some of my favorite waka from The Tale of Murasaki:

Why do we suffer so in the world? Just regard life as the short bloom of the mountain cherry.

 --Lady Murasaki


How can I view the birds on the water with indifference?

Like them, I float through a sad, uncertain world.

--Lady Murasaki


Cloudlessly clear unto etermity, the reflected moon lodges

peacefully on the water's surface.

--Lady Murasaki



Eventually, I shall be creating some dolls that represent women and girls from this era. It will be thrilling to create the silk robes and layer them in various color combinations.