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Seersucker Suits Invade Capitol Yearly

Caption: Talking up their stylish suits, from left to right: Senators Gordon Smith, R-Ore.; Ben Nelson, D-Neb.; Kit Bond, R-Mo.; Trent Lott, R-Miss.; Susan Collins, R-Maine; Ted Stevens, R-Alaska.

Our nation's senators might not be able to come together on immigration or energy, but when it comes to wearing thin, striped, wrinkled-looking suits, there is consensus.

"It's the first day of summer, and the Senate needs to lighten up and loosen up," said Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., sporting bright pink socks that accentuate a striped suit on Seersucker Thursday 2007.

When asked the origin of the tradition, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said, "It comes from watching Lott preening on the floor."

"Seersucker is the South's fashion gift to the nation to help cope with the heat and humidity of D.C. summers," said Lott spokesman Nick Simpson.

Full article: Seersucker-Suited Senators Dress for Success

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Highwaymen Video: Plunkett & Macleane

Here's a fan video for the 1999 movie Plunkett & Macleane, about a pair of notorious 18th century Highwaymen.  The movie stars Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle as the title characters, and Liv Tyler as the love interest.  The video is set to the song "Stand & Deliver" by Adam and the Ants.

Watch it on You Tube:

Plunkett & Macleane: Stand & Deliver!

Warning: Rated PG for a non-graphic scene of "rumpy-pumpy" and one (muffled) naughty word. 
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I need your help!

I apologise in advance if this is the wrong place to ask. Can anyone link or suggest novels/critical pieces written between 1790 and 1830 that contain elements of the Fop or the Dandy? Naturally I've been looking at Austen and 20th Century writers too - Heyer and Orzcy - but I would like to expand on this and look at pieces that aren't perhaps as popular.

Thanks, old chaps!

18th Century Eyegasms

What goth fashion buff, dandy or fop....hell, fashion buff from any walk of life doesn't drool and die just a little seeing items like this?!  The hand beading and embroidery alone must take thousands and thousands of hours to accomplish!  True master craftsmanship at work in the modern day!

All in German (originator of the very first "Goths"...ha ha) but it's easy enough to navigate, see the incredible detail and learn about their inspirations!

Makes me want to curl up and watch all my period costume dramas over and over again just to really do me in completely.  What a marvelous death indeed!  Either that or rob Fort Knox just to afford these garments....or die trying.

I'm so envious! 

It also makes me contemplate gothic attire.  While traditionally pulling from cyber, Victorian or even early 20th century culture and giving it a darker edge (let's face it....there is a large majority of black, purple or burgundy pieces in your wardrobe and mine), I tend to think that vibrant color too can only add to the antique, romantic quality of the goth asthetic!

For me, I've never been one to place strict guidlines on what is goth and what is not, so I figure any time period is fair game and welcome it into my ever expanding passion for alternative fashion!

I posted this link simply to share and hope that you all might enjoy it too!
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Photo Diary

I have now created the start of my Photo Diary which can be found here:

I shall update you all on a weekly basis as I update the Diary and we'll see how it goes. Be kind with the first photograph, I'm a terrible model and my partner isn't much better as a photographer!

I hope to obtain photographs of myself outside of the house too, doing what it is we do. Eventually there will be more obvious foppery, I'm sure.