This Photographer Recreated Rembrandt with IKEA Products!

Dirdal Rembrandt card Christmas IKEA

Norwegian photographer Stig Håvard Dirdal was commissioned to produce Christmas cards for  Stavanger Foto, a camera shop on the west coast of Norway. “Being granted full creative freedom in making the card, I went back to the old masters for inspiration. The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt in 1632 was a fantastic starting point for my … Read more

Five Rather Sexy Facts on Elizabethan Ruffs

Sexy to another plate-swallowing bird maybe but nonetheless from our earliest history lessons to advanced costume studies the ruff is an incredible work of art almost totally lost to our present-day culture and yet ingrained in the Early Modern period in Europe. One puritan Philip Stubbes recorded his highly critical views of the frivolous fashion in … Read more

Lookbook: Elizabethan Courtier

Elizabethan

The Elizabethan period was certainly a dramatic one when it came to dress. That is despite the suggestion that it was an age of artistic decline after Henry VIII’s patronage faded and the Reformation brought conflict and division to England. But the menswear of the Elizabethan court is truly a feast for the eyes with … Read more