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WHAT TO WEAR WHEN: You Are An Evil Queen Donning the Full Regalia
We’ve discussed casual evil queen chic, but what about when you have to do full black-tie evil queen stuff — banishing weeping prisoners to the Oubliette of Shadows, sucking the youth from a peasant maiden with your evil unhinged jaw, sending a well-muscled henchman to take some too-cute princess into the forest and cut out her heart, etc.? Don’t worry — we’ve got a look for that too.

The long black gown is a powerful villainess fave for a reason: imposing and elegant, it has the added bonus of hiding bloodstains. From the front and side, this DSquared2 beauty gives you the sleek, terrifying silhouette of a demon queen rising from a pool of oily darkness:
Whip around to make your exit and reveal the magnificent spine piece — a jeweled web of bones, both decorative and parasitic, that suggests the hideous occult grandeur of your true nature.

These Camila Skovgaard sandals mix elegance and aggression, with a heavy tread on the sole to keep you from taking an embarrassing slip in a victim’s pool of blood. (Sure, you could kill everyone who saw you wipe out, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!)
Keep your jewelry minimal, with no necklaces to mar the featureless abyss-evoking darkness of your front silhouette. Sparkle-wise, that back piece should do most of your heavy lifting.
You may, however, adorn one hand (the sinister) with this killer hand bracelet from Delfina Delettrez — what’s $25k to a queen of your stature? — and double its lethality with a clawed finger ring.
Ideally you already have a crown made from the splintered bones of your enemies. If not, retailers from Topshop to Givenchy are producing imposing spiked headbands — but why not take the opportunity to go custom? Look around on Etsy, where talented small-scale couturiers like Miss G Designs can craft you something majestic and terrible beyond the comprehension of ordinary mortals. You’ll never have to worry about running into another high-fashion monarch wearing the same thing.


Dsquared2 long dress, $5,765 / Camilla Skovgaard leather shoes / Delettrez silver bracelet / Anello ring / Givenchy nail polish, $26

This blog gives the best fashion advice. 
"no necklaces to mar the featureless abyss-evoking darkness of your front silhouette…" 
I mean, that’s exactly it. 

what-wear-when:

WHAT TO WEAR WHEN: You Are An Evil Queen Donning the Full Regalia

We’ve discussed casual evil queen chic, but what about when you have to do full black-tie evil queen stuff — banishing weeping prisoners to the Oubliette of Shadows, sucking the youth from a peasant maiden with your evil unhinged jaw, sending a well-muscled henchman to take some too-cute princess into the forest and cut out her heart, etc.? Don’t worry — we’ve got a look for that too.
  • The long black gown is a powerful villainess fave for a reason: imposing and elegant, it has the added bonus of hiding bloodstains. From the front and side, this DSquared2 beauty gives you the sleek, terrifying silhouette of a demon queen rising from a pool of oily darkness:
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  • Whip around to make your exit and reveal the magnificent spine piece — a jeweled web of bones, both decorative and parasitic, that suggests the hideous occult grandeur of your true nature.

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  • These Camila Skovgaard sandals mix elegance and aggression, with a heavy tread on the sole to keep you from taking an embarrassing slip in a victim’s pool of blood. (Sure, you could kill everyone who saw you wipe out, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!)
  • Keep your jewelry minimal, with no necklaces to mar the featureless abyss-evoking darkness of your front silhouette. Sparkle-wise, that back piece should do most of your heavy lifting.
  • You may, however, adorn one hand (the sinister) with this killer hand bracelet from Delfina Delettrez — what’s $25k to a queen of your stature? — and double its lethality with a clawed finger ring.
  • Ideally you already have a crown made from the splintered bones of your enemies. If not, retailers from Topshop to Givenchy are producing imposing spiked headbands — but why not take the opportunity to go custom? Look around on Etsy, where talented small-scale couturiers like Miss G Designs can craft you something majestic and terrible beyond the comprehension of ordinary mortals. You’ll never have to worry about running into another high-fashion monarch wearing the same thing.

This blog gives the best fashion advice. 

"no necklaces to mar the featureless abyss-evoking darkness of your front silhouette…" 

I mean, that’s exactly it. 

fashion advice done right

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surauvers asked:

1/2 In my US History class the Professor went into talking about Histrocism and into how Christopher Columbus and other people who conquered around the world weren't really bad by the standards of the times they lived in since it was common place, he seemed to atleast be able to acknowledge the ramifications of slavery and colonialism but something about "everyone was doing it then so nobody thought it was wrong" bothered me. It seems like it lumps everyone together into a hive mind and that--

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medievalpoc:

2/2 just doesn’t seem right. He also made it out that just like they thought it was right we think it was wrong because those morals were ingrained in us as normal. But I believe as long as there has been oppression there has been opposition and as long as there has been status-quo and normalcy there has been deviation just like today. So couldn’t we agree that everyone then didn’t think the same and agree that everyone can disagree with anything? Or is it closer to what the professor said?

I’m kind of blown away by this, just because I’m not sure who your professor is theoretically surveying for opinions here. Because I am pretty fricking sure that if you asked the people being murdered and/or enslaved, they would say yeah, it’s pretty bad.

If we are limiting ~opinions on genocide and colonialism~ to Europeans, well. First of all, the idea of something being “normal” wasn’t actually a thing yet, and wouldn’t be for some time. At least, not the way we think of it today.

If we limit out “opinion survey” ONLY to Europeans directly involved with colonizing, there are a ton of examples that demonstrate acknowledgement of what we could call abnormal levels of violence that were routinely happening as a direct result of colonization. One of the notorious Captain Cook’s own men described his behavior as “irrationally violent," and desertions were pretty rampant. When Prince William Ansa Sasraku was sold into enslavement rather than being transported to England for English instruction, the novel written about it was quite popular. You don’t write a novel about something if it’s not an unusual occurrence. I’m not even going to get into stuff like King Leopold in the Congo because I will literally throw up. NO ONE thought that was “normal”.

I could give endless examples, but the real problem here is

1. the normalization NOW of violence in “the past”

2. apologism.

What we have here is a near-terminal case of “Things Were Just Like That Back Then”. There is a enormous cultural concept of the past as a cesspit of bloody-minded violence, oppression, exploitation, and nonstop existential horror that was supposedly so commonplace that no one would bat an eyelash at seeing their neighbors rent limb from limb as a matter of course on a Wednesday morning.

The thing I find so frustrating is that shaking people loose from the idea that history is a line graph that goes “things were really bad, then became better!” is almost impossible. I’m not just talking about non-academics, either…academics and historians can be even worse about it. It just isn’t true. Depending on what societies and eras you’re trying to draw comparisons to, violence is much more “normalized” NOW than it was in the past.

*takes a deep breath*

Anyways. What is a more fruitful line of thought is to consider why people try to serve up this kind of apologism for colonialism, genocide, and enslavement. It’s excruciatingly obvious that your professor is trying the line of “well, it wasn’t that bad because ____.” Apologism comes in all your classic white supremacist flavors: “Africa already had slavery”, “Native Americans were already at war with each other”, and of course, “Violence was just how things were back then so blah blah Social Darwinism.”

^^^ All of that nonsense is meant to justify how things are now, like white supremacy and gun violence in American culture, institutionalized racism, sexism, classism, and a bunch of other crap that so many facets of our history education are tailored to maintain. Exaggerating violence in the past is a way of making the present seem “less bad”, which is supposed to make us more okay with the violence and oppression that surrounds us. And the idea that even IF violence was normalized in the past in popular opinion, that it somehow is subject to some kind of moral relativism that we should all observe with “objectivity” is a moral failure in itself.

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