Week 2: War & Peace. Curated Theme Shop and Much More!

I am happy to announce that Curated Theme Shop is now live! You will be able to shop new theme every week and find beautiful, original hand-picked items every day. Check the Shop here.


Moreover, I would like to share few interesting links and videos with you. Of course they are all related to War & Peace Theme. 

1. My favourite scene from War & Peace (2016).

A breathtakingly tender and romantic scene of Andrei Bolkonsky (James Norton) and Natasha Rostova (Lily James) falling in love while waltzing in Episode 3 of BBC's War & Peace 2016.

2. Amazing article

Top 5 Costume Inaccuracies and Accuracies in War & Peace on my favourite blog Frock& Flicks. Click here to read it.

3. Regency Era Hairstyle Tutorials.

An elegant hairstyle with a braided headband; the style mimics the hair seen in portraits and modern film depictions of Regency Era ladies. 

Share your 'War & Peace findings' with me!

This hair tutorial is inspired by the hair styles of the Regency Era. 

Week 2: War & Peace. Regency Era White Dress

Pastiche on Regency Era. War & Peace, Russian Regency, Jane Austen fashion inspired

I am very excited to share this 'Regency Era' inspired look with you. I found this beautiful white dress in Walter Baker's new Spring/Summer collection and immediately thought I could use it for the War & Peace Week. It is a perfect modern version of a classic Regency Era day dress you have seen so many times in Tolstoy's War & Peace screen adaptations and of course in all films based on Jane Austen's books.

The Regency Fashion Era (1800-1820s) was heavily influenced by the democratic ideals of the French Republic (French fashion was always à la mode in Europe), and drew inspiration from classical Greece and ancient Rome. Simplicity, purity and elegance were highly praised opposed to multiple layers, complicated styles and heavily decorated fabrics of preceding fashion era during Marie Antoinette's reign.

The most popular style was a high waisted, lightweight, 'columnal' shaped dress called the Empire dress. Inspired by magnificence of white Greco-Roman sculptures, clothes were primarily of the white colour. Pastel dresses and even bold colours later became fashionable in the Empire style as well.

It is interesting to note that despite the fact films often show the Regency Era heroines wearing dresses that reveal arms and bosom during the day time, historically it was proper only in the evenings!

Have a look at the inspiration board for this look, and let me know what do you think about my outfit and my 'Regency hairdo' I managed to create in two minutes.

THE REGENCy Era FASHION in art and films:

Regency Era Fashion in films and art. Sense and Sensibility, War and Peace. Emperial Style White Dress
Regency Era Hair in two minutes. Pastiche on Jane Austen, War & Peace, Regency Era female fashion, white dress and blue ribbon
White dress, lace summer, beauty Regency era inspiration, historical fashion, England, Russian,
beauty English Rose. Jane Austen blogger-actress modern Regency look fashion-history-outfit-white
White Regency Era inspired look
War & Peace inspired week on Regency Era fashion blogger
Young actress, blogger playing the role of Natasha Rostova, white Regency era dress


Week 2: War & Peace. Russian Winter Fairytale

Russian winter fairytale love war and peace peasant look Walter Baker

I have created several War & Peace inspired fashion looks, especially the ones that I could imagine Natasha Rostova wearing if she would magically appear in our era.

Here is my first look, the one I call 'Russian Winter Fairytale'. It has a very soft, feminine touch to it. The outfit is a little bit peasant-y, but still very rich in fabric and somehow noble; something Natasha would wear when she and other Rostovs visited her uncle in the village of Mihkaylovka. There, in his wooden hut, surrounded by peasants and dancing to a Balalaika, Natasha wonderfully connects with the spirit of simple Russian men and women. 

Blogger Ulia Ali in Park City, Utah. As Natasha Rostova in War and Peace on blog

Of course such open shoulders are a little bit more risky than what women usually wore during the beginning of the 19th century. Additionally, women of the aristocracy during that era would wear their hair up. However, films often disregard historical facts, and I wanted to show more of Natasha's closeness to simple folk by braiding my hair in this look.


Russina braid inspiration. Art 

Regency Era Fashion:

Pink and red Regency Era dress
azerbaijani blogger in Utah. Fashion look
Ulia Ali in Utah. Style blogger in New York and Utah 
Ulia Ali - top fashion blogger in New York and Utah.
Outfit by  Walter Baker .

Outfit by Walter Baker.

   The screens from the series taken from another wonderful blog  Frock&Flicks


The screens from the series taken from another wonderful blog Frock&Flicks

I hope you enjoyed my first pastiche of Natasha Rostova's character. Stay tuned for more looks this week!