Chapter Five begins on Christmas Eve, with Ezra Faber spotting a girl listening to a barrel organ. This girl is Natalie Flood.
I adapted it for the 1890s using this period dress
She wears a sable fur toque like this one worn by Michelle Dockery as Princess Myagkaya in Anna Karenina
That evening, Mrs. Ackerman has a family dinner party.
This plate of paper dolls also inspired the dinner dress worn by her niece Melanie.
Jimmy gets his first lesson in the social structure when Madeleine’s older sister tells her not to play with a ragged urchin like Jimmy.
The older sister’s dress comes from another one of Samatha’s holiday dresses.
Ashlyn’s Christmas present from her husband is a chataleine to carry her sewing supplies
Aunt Deirdre wears a stylish beige suit
After being brought back to the Ackerman home by her brother, Sarah chats with her roommate Hannah before going back to work. Hannah has just returned from going to the nickelodeon with her footman sweetheart.
Fashion: The 50s saw economic prosperity which meant that women could spend more money on clothes. Picking up where the 40s left off, femininity was firmly back in fashion. Post World War II, Christian Dior presented the “New Look” which featured voluminous skirts puffed out with crinolines that emphasizied feminine curves. Also worn were curve hugging pencil skirts and peddle pushers. The dress I’m wearing I bought at an antique clothing store at was marked “Early 1960s”. Fashions changed little from the 50s over to the early 60s.
Perms and elaborate bouffant hairstyles were popular in the 50s and early 60s. I went for a high ponytail of the type I used to call “Sandy ponytails” because I associated them with the heroine of the musical Grease
Makeup: World War II significantly decreased the male population so women had to work harder to catch a husband. Makeup had made the full circle from the Victorian era. When fifty years ago makeup was considered suspect, by the 50s, most women would scarcely ever go out without it. But heavy makeup was still associated with loose women.
What I’m Reading: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953)
Why It’s Scandalous : The act of reading itself would be considered scandalous in the futuristic dystopia depicted in Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury wrote what is considered his finest work to warn against the emotionless conformity of the television age and it has been taken as an allegory for government censorship. The story shows how television turns people into mindless couch potatoes who are only aware of what the government shows them via television. Reading can make people sad and leads to differences of opinion and disagreement, disagreement with authority.