I’m so tired I might be crazy but I don’t think I’ve ever been more convinced that a show is going to be frickin amazing then I am about the Rose performance of R&J tomorrow.
Ophelia (1864). Thomas Francis Dicksee (British, 1819-1895). Oil on board.
Portrays Ophelia, a look of despair on her face, as she first addresses Hamlet (“Good my lord, / How does your honor for this many a day?”) Presented three-quarter length in a high-necked dress, her arms are crossed in front of her, her prayer book in one hand with her place in it marked by her thumb.
I wouldn’t call it a look of despair so much as a look of being entirely done with Hamlet’s shit.
Attr. Louise Neut
A respected costume historian (Valerie Steele?) said that people feel smug when looking at historical underwear, because they think about how free women are now. What they don’t consider is that we have replaced “a physical corset with the corset of the flesh”, meaning that it isn’t good enough to be squeezed into the fashionable shape. Now you have to have the fashionable shape naturally, no matter what shape your body and bones are.