Sunday, November 4, 2012

How Many Layers?

I never realized when I got to play with the Phantom, just how much involvement I'd have in clothing. Yes. Clothing.

I'm not much of a historical writer. I'm not. I love research and I love to learn new things, but I had no idea how many layers of clothing people at the turn of the century wore. Write a sex scene from that period. You'll find out how danged hard it is to get the people in and out of those clothes. Like this:
CORSETS satin fil ecru
Not only does that thing look hard to get into, but hard to get out of. Then there's the slip that goes under it and the dress over top. Oh, and if you had to go to the bathroom, from what I learned, you had a slit in your drawers. Drafty? Sounds like to me.

But I ran with this. Sure! The heroine is in a bulky costume and the hero in a special suit, why not have a quickie? He doesn't have to whip much out and she's got a slit. Shrug. I ran with it.

And then I realized I was writing people wearing clothes like this:
Fashion Plate 1909

Or these dapper gents:
Två unga män i utomhusmiljö - Nordiska Museet - NMA.0054262
I enjoyed learning about the time period for the Phantom. I got to step back in time and appreciate what my great grandmother wore and how she struggled. Made me appreciate what I've got now, too.

The Classics Exposed…

A chance sighting at the Opera, fated love, and three lives in turmoil.

One man pledges to own her, while another wants her heart. The Opera sets the stage for romance and intrigue. In the catacombs below the building lives a man rife with sorrow and passion. The Phantom. But he’s not content to live alone. He wants to possess the one woman who can set him free.

His Christine.

Viscount Raoul de Chagny doesn’t believe the rumours of a Ghost living below the Opera. He only has eyes for Christine, his childhood friend and first love. Together they embark on a sensual journey of discovery and fiery desire.

But she can only have one man. Will love raise her up or tear their world apart?

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I always dreamt of writing the stories in my head. Tall, dark, and handsome heroes are my favorites, as long as he has an independent woman keeping him in line. I earned a BA in education at Kent State University and currently hold a Masters in Education with Nova Southeastern University.

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Debby said...

I studied clothing once from long ago ears. They were cumbersome and not everything was sewed together.
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Wendi Zwaduk said...

Absolutely. I don't think I could've done it. :-)

Molly said...

I always tell myself that I adore the clothing of the past eras, but in actuality I really don't know if I could do it. I think it would be hard to be layered up all day long and being stuffy.

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Wendi Zwaduk said...

I know I couldn't. I love my layers. Hoodies are my fave, but I hate unlayering in the winter when I play outside in the snow. So wearing that all day...yeah wouldn't happen. :-)