21 thoughts on “Answering Your Most Pressing Questions: the Fourth

  1. Doesn’t the reference to a rendezvous on the Champs-Elysees in the fashion plate caption imply that the lady in the bare-boobs dress is a hooker?

    1. I read an interpretation of that infamous image a couple of years ago which suggests the diaphanously dressed lady is not a hooker, but may have been mistaken for one, because she is making a highly offended hand gesture at the Incroyable who has propositioned her.

  2. Great post Kendra
    For all those toilet questions try this:

    Mainly Victorian I know but the skills could be transposed.

  3. lifting the skirt meaning Did they expect an answer on the lines of Newton with lifting having to do something with gravity and change of potential energy?
    I think FF can offer a lot of advice to the shadier(well not that shady)sites on the web.These pressing questions reflect a deep insight into the taste and demands of the concerned citizens.Hats,crowns and a whole lot of paraphernalia that could be the foundation of an entirely different genre on the subject of visceral bliss.

  4. About the 1st and pressing issue: Have you heard of/seen Anna Dorothea Therbusch’s portrait of Wilhelmine Enke Countess Lichtenau, mistress to the Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm II, in her very practical hunting habit? It is of representational size but was meant to be hung in the king’s private rooms – which she designed – at the Potsdam Marmor Palais, if I remember that correctly. The ‘neckline’ hardly has anything to do with the neck anymore – probably could have been made ‘presentable’ only with a carefully draped fichu or sth like that – or would the lapels have been turned up usually?


  5. Regarding prawn hats, apparently a milliner called Alice Henri made a hat from artificial shrimp in 1954. I’ve only read about it, never seen an image of it.

    That’s the closest Frock Flick historical equivalent I can think of.

  6. Lucy Worsley pointed out some barbed metal devices installed at Hampton Court to keep people from peeing in the corners of the outside walls.

  7. I looked up when the Spanish Princess is back (October 11). The promo image of Catherine in armor is…wild? Abominable? Unrealistic? Non-functional? Camp?
    Double the windmills, baby, it’s season two!

  8. Thank you for posting a link to the “mansplaining” chart. I feel that will come in handy one day. And bless you for the work you do. Stay safe out there.

  9. I read something the other day that said that people think the reason women love Mr. Darcy is because he’s handsome and rich, but in fact it’s because he respects and acknowledges Elizabeth’s feelings about his behavior and instead of defending himself, takes steps to be a better man with no expectation that it will magically win Elizabeth over.

    And that’s the difference between Mr. Darcy and other men!

  10. I love these posts! 1. I wish I were draped around Ralph Fiennes’s neck in Wuthering Heights and/or IRL! 2. The ’95 Emma is not that bad, people! 3. Cowgirls films: a. Even though her costume is atrocious in that pic, Joan Collins is totally owning everything in that still from The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch. b. Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek were in a western film years ago that I think takes place in the past. 4. That mainsplaining diagram was the laugh I didn’t know I needed until I read it!

  11. So entertaining! A big thank you for including Wild Women of Chastity Gulch— a very, very bad movie that is so ridiculously fun I’ve lost count of how often I’ve seen it. ❤️
    (And long live Mr Darcy in all his iterations)

  12. The only times a woman has any reason to hike up her skirts is when she’s climbing a steep staircase or running hard. Otherwise no. A slight, very slight, lift of the upper skirt may occasionally be used to show off a decorated underskirt or maybe even a trim ankle.

  13. Thank you for this hilarious (and obviously necessary) post! A few comments on the pee side: Versailles was actually famously lacking latrines, and when no valets were around people tended to pee behind the curtains (see for example de book “Les lieux, histoire des commodités”, which is basically a history of toilets in the period 1500-1900). Also, the girl on the painting by Boucher might not be peeing but washing herself (as the title of the painting suggests).

  14. Oh my gosh I might be the “versailles pee floor” person. I think I first came across this blog when I was looking for the scene in Versailles (the series) where Philippe talks about himself and Louis peeing on each other in a fight as children and says something like “you pissed on your brother, but I pissed on the king”. I never did find a clip, sadly :( but I found Frock Flicks, and I’m extremely grateful for that!

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