Saturday, 21 March 2009

Moodboard - Explorer

For the main part of the Festival I shall wear an outfit that has the feel of a Victorian adventurer and naturalist.

I have been inspired by vintage pictures of women hunters, Annie Oakley, adventurers such as Isabella Bird and naturalists such as Charles Darwin and Beatrix Potter.

Depending on the weather I shall wear a tilley hat with goggles perched on it, or just the goggles perched on my forehead. The goggles represent travel either in a new fangled motorcar or a open airship, or maybe even on a Camel in the desert.

I shall probably wear my hair in a messy bun, which gives a bluestocking feel. I might have a pair of glasses, but I will have a magnifying glass and a hand lens.

I will not be wearing much make-up, just the usual mascara, and maybe a little brow and lip colour. I will however have hennaed hands which shows that I have picked up interesting foreign habits while travelling.

My top with probably be an off white blouse, and I shall wear a large amber coloured necklace that a friend made for me.

I would like to have a short corset or waist cincher in a brown colour as a nod to feminine propriety.

My skirt will either be a green one I already own, or a pair of green denim trousers I have taken apart. If it's the green denim I will probably add tweed godets to make the skirt fuller and as a nod to the tough and tweedy women of England.

On my feet I would like to wear a pair of sensible shoes in brown, either brogues or old style walking boots, I will be scouring ebay and the charity shops for these) if I can't find any I will wear my LARP shoes.

Depending on the weather I will wear either knee high woolly socks or leg warmers that I can take off if I get hot.

I will be carrying a canvas bag with a field notebook, field guides and other essentials.


  1. Wow, I love the explorer style outfit, excellent.

    Stitchery is a very proper activity for a bluestocking, as higher philosophy may be cogitated upon during the sewing and embroidery.

    Thanks for the link :)

  2. I'm tempted to add a Suffragette Rosette too, if i can make one.