ornamentedbeing: 
Research chemist William Perkin was trying to make quinine when he instead came up with a substance that has ensured the world is a brighter place. 
“… For that privilege, thank a young Victorian research chemist. His attempt to create the anti-malarial medicine quinine from coal tar in his flat in Cable Street in the East End of London went serendipitously wrong as he worked over Easter 150 years ago… . Appropriately, considering the origins of Perkins’ colour, he was to receive a helping hand from the two most famous women of the day - both empresses.
"Queen Victoria caused a sensation when she stepped out at the Royal Exhibition in 1862 wearing a silk gown dyed with mauveine. In Paris, Napoleon III’s wife, Empress Eugenie, wowed the court when she was seen wearing it. To propel the scientist further on the way to a great fortune, the fashion of the time was for crinoline skirts that, happily for him, needed a lot of his revolutionary new dye.” 
The entire article is fascinating! 

ornamentedbeing

Research chemist William Perkin was trying to make quinine when he instead came up with a substance that has ensured the world is a brighter place. 

“… For that privilege, thank a young Victorian research chemist. His attempt to create the anti-malarial medicine quinine from coal tar in his flat in Cable Street in the East End of London went serendipitously wrong as he worked over Easter 150 years ago… . Appropriately, considering the origins of Perkins’ colour, he was to receive a helping hand from the two most famous women of the day - both empresses.

"Queen Victoria caused a sensation when she stepped out at the Royal Exhibition in 1862 wearing a silk gown dyed with mauveine. In Paris, Napoleon III’s wife, Empress Eugenie, wowed the court when she was seen wearing it. To propel the scientist further on the way to a great fortune, the fashion of the time was for crinoline skirts that, happily for him, needed a lot of his revolutionary new dye.” 

The entire article is fascinating! 

ornamentedbeing: c 1805–10

ornamentedbeing: ca 1760 Robe à la Française, France

ornamentedbeing: ca 1760 Robe à la Française, France

lepetitpoulailler:

Spanish Lace, boxed silk and lace antique wedding handkerchief

lepetitpoulailler:

Spanish Lace, boxed silk and lace antique wedding handkerchief

indigodreams: textile design by Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (English 1857-1941)

indigodreams: textile design by Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (English 1857-1941)

indigodreams: ca 1650 Lahore Carpet via  Victoria & Albert Museum

indigodreams: ca 1650 Lahore Carpet via Victoria & Albert Museum

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myaloysius:speciesbarocus:Source 1850-1 Curtain; England, Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore (designer); Bannister Hall (possibly, printer); Frederick Crace & Son (manufacturer)

myaloysius:speciesbarocus:Source 1850-1 Curtain; England, Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore (designer); Bannister Hall (possibly, printer); Frederick Crace & Son (manufacturer)

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From Sweden’s ‘Sweet Home’ magazine

From Sweden’s ‘Sweet Home’ magazine