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Princesse Mathilde

Princesse Mathilde was an aristocrat, but a wild character: her wealth was based on...
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Japanese Courtesan

Westerners assume that the point of women’s fashion is to emphasize the “hourglass” shape...
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Shady Men: Charles, duc de Morny

People are always asking us if there are any shady *men* in art. Well,...
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Shady Ladies Museum Tour, Utter Delight, by Alix Cohen

Shady Ladies Museum Tour – Utter Delight Andrew Lear’s Shady LadiesTour is conceivably the...
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Fashion History in Art

We have been giving fashion history tours at the Metropolitan Museum for several months...
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Why were high foreheads once considered a sign of beauty?

This painting portrays Saint Justina of Padua as a Renaissance fashion plate. The pearls,...
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Courtesans and mistresses in art

Elegant women are a huge theme in art history, and people mostly assume, as...
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Courtesans of Paris tour—in the cemetery!

One of my favorite things to do in Paris—really—is explore the cemeteries. The most...
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Shady Ladies Featured In O, The Oprah Magazine!

We are so grateful for being included on the ‘Gratitude Meter‘ 5 Things We’re...
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Shady Ladies of the Philadelphia Museum

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is not as big as the Metropolitan, and it...
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