December 2nd, 2011

[ANON POST] 1920's Non-Flapper Style Fashion

I need some costume help for a short play set in London in the early 1920s. Characters are two women, working (not specified but implied that's it's an office/secretarial/clerking job), but with small private/family income. Far from rich but not destitute.

One actress is fine for 'typical' 20s dropped waists, tubular silhouettes, boyish dress cuts and spaghetti strap party dresses. The other is a 5'3", very curvy, hourglass, size 14. Is there any authentic early 1920s style that will genuinely flatter that body shape? How unusual would it have been for a young independent-minded woman to buck the 'flapper' trend and wear fitted dresses or even trousers instead?

Ideally I need one day/office wear and one dance/nightclub/party look.

Thanks in advance.

Google Searches for '1920s fashion', 'working women 1920s', 'women's wear 1920s', as well as looking for general photographs from the 20s, looked at designers such as Chanel etc. Also browed through online clothing collection of the V&A and as YouTube clips of film from the 20s as I could find.

[ANON POST] General Questions about Funerals and Morticians during the 1800s.

My story takes place somewhere in England. Most likely a city near London, I haven't decided yet, in the 1800s. Most likely 1810.

I want my main character to be a mortician (or as close to a mortician as existed), it's central to the story but I'm not quite sure how to go about things. I don't know how death was handled back then. Did they have funeral homes? Who made the coffins? Who buried the bodies? What were they called? Was it all one person? Was it a family business? How much money did they earn? Where they well off? Where were bodies kept? Were they buried immediately? How deep were bodies buried? General things like that concerning the actual business of death, not really funerals themselves. And also I need info on body-snatchers if possible.

I've googled every search term I could possibly think off and gone to all the closest libraries but haven't found anything useful. Only recently did I discover this place. I have seen a few books online concerning funerals during that time but can't find previews of them and I can't find them at libraries and don't want to buy something without knowing it will give me the answers I want. I'm afraid they'd only contain information concerning the actual funerals which I don't really care for.

I know those were lots of questions but any help is appreciated.

Christianity and Faerie Folklore

Search Terms: Christian influence in faerie tales, Christian influence in folklore, Christianity and Faeries/fairys/fairies/faierees, fairy weaknesses; also looking up every individual faerie I can find on Wikipedia. Also also searching through the folklore and christianity tags on the site.

I'm looking for ways that Christianity interacted with faeries in post-Christianity folklore. I am not looking for the big metaphyical things, like how they are servants of the DEVIL and so forth. What I am looking for is along the lines of how faeries were repealed by church bells, and so forth. I'm looking for ways that Christian symbols and beliefs interacted with faeries. Specifically Christian symbols, so not stuff about milk and cold iron and such.

Some examples include: faeries being repelled by holy ground or church bells (as above), faeries being unable to recite the Lord's prayer, redcaps losing a tooth if a verse of scripture was quoted at them, Huldrafolk losing their tails and glamor if they were converted to Christianity or were married in a Christian ceremony. 

Obviously I have a few, but I need more, and am wondering if anyone here knows any.