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UndercityIV Featured By Owner Edited Jul 11, 2017  Professional General Artist
Wow, it's too bad women no longer look anything like this anymore...Everything is very Westernize nowadays in almost every country. 
So when I see stuff like this, I'm amazed. I think the whole fashion itself is interesting. But no one in Europe wears any of these things, a fashion style that is terribly missed. But a lot of these people look more like royal families..Wealthy and Powerful like people. So I would assume that maybe they probably do still wear these things. 
in The Western world, "Royal" families wear suits and ties like ordinary business like people...Very bland and boring compared to these interesting people and their sense of fashions. 
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AlixofHesse Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017
On the one hand I understand you, as I love the fashion of that era. On the other, as a woman I'm grateful for the social changes behind the changes in fashion.  
Ironically, Alexandra's choice of dresses was considered by some courtiers boring and bland. 
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UndercityIV Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017  Professional General Artist
Well I know, I mean choice isn't a bad thing and I agree...But I wouldn't call everyone looking Westernize progress....I would call that trying too hard to look like American people. And nearly in every country it's like this making visiting anywhere globally pointless unless you are going just to stare at buildings that are the only thing that hasn't been tampered with over time. Even people want to learn English so much to where they want to replace their own language with it....Pretty soon every country will be a downgraded version of the United States. 

 My thing is to really have a sense of fashion taste, requires much effort. I did a whole report on how women use to look in different time periods by country of origin, and saw so many pictures and tried to compare what women today looked like versus the past, and the styles women had in the past were SO MUCH BETTER! 

And when I was out at a few festivals in Chinese New Year in San Francisco, I fell in love with their traditional clothes, same thing when I saw Japanese people perform the whole Geisha look was incredible and I thought it made them interesting in appearance. I recall in the 8th grade I met this Muslim girl who use to wear Indian clothing all the time, like the traditional Indian women in India. I swear to you, I was so attracted to her in that stuff, that any time I saw any other girl she just stood out from them all. She had hair that came down to her ankles tied in a long braided tail, she wore lots of colorful colors in her clothes, and these cute tie things wrapped in her braids. She looked like a damn Indian goddess in that stuff. And I loved it! 

Now it's like every country you visit, people call looking like Americans "Progress." lol that's not progress. That's called copying.
I'm going to level with you and just say, I like things that are different and unique. America has one of the world's most blandest styles of fashion senses culturally. 
Not only that American History itself isn't that interesting compared to European History, Chinese History, Japanese History, and so on. Every time I read about the American Revolution, Civil War, etc I'm bored to death. But you give me a story about something that happened in Europe I'd be engaged in it for hours on end.

I'm not really that much into fashion to be honest, but I have great taste in how women look when it comes down to their appearance and if a woman puts in the kind of effort they had to put into how they use to look back in the past, I would definitely be looking in her direction.  I'll take traditional clothing over modernized any day. Alexandria had great taste in fashion. lol if anything her Courtiers were probably just too use to seeing her in the stuff so much they just felt it was boring to them. 

Sure it's great that people have choices in what they can wear. That's never a bad thing...I just hate that most people wear what they wear because they mostly do it for trendy reasons, not because they have a choice. If someone wore the stuff Alexandria was wearing in public they would get looks and stares that may make them uncomfortable. So to feel less awkward people are choosing to look more Westernized globally rather than going with their own cultural choices. Japanese people didn't invent suits and ties. I have reason to believe that White men in America and Europe invented the identity, and now every man around the world who wears one considers is the same thing "The Professional Look." 
I remember when men use to wear makeup. Now they think and feel that only sissified men wear it. 
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AlixofHesse Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017
I take dim view of America and don't really see it as a face of progress (especially with Trump as president). And history is a matter of preference (I love 19th century but can't stand ancient history). And each era had it's common language -  it used to be Latin, then French and now it's time for English. It's not necessarily bad thing because as we have a common language we can share ideas so much easier. As for universal clothing, it is a relic of colonialism which brought European culture and fashion everywhere else and placed it as the most advanced culture. It is hard to shake off and it would require conscious effort.


I think people wear what they wear mostly because this is what they can find in stores. This is what everyone else is wearing (because what other choice they have?) and people rarely want to stand out. I'm actually learning to sew so I can have clothes I want (lately I just find anything in stores that would be worth the price), but it takes time, effort and some talent, so I can't blame people for buying clothes instead. And man are starting wearing make up, I think it's a matter of time and they will be accepted. For me it is a great value of modern world, that people can express themselves in any way they want - something that was impossible even 50 years ago.

As for Alexandra and her courtiers, she was very religious and thought that women in St. Petersburg (in Russian society, in general) wore dresses that were too immodest. I guess, they just couldn't understand each other.

I hope you won't mind me writing this, but when I read your comment I can sense that you seem to think that 'good old days' were better, and I can understand that - I love how women looked then. But I know what was behind the picture - corsets that limited the movement and could be unhealthy, the limits put on women by society, the reality that wasn't particularly nice for most of them - and I know that 'good old days; are just a fantasy (a pretty fantasy, but fantasy nonetheless). 
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UndercityIV Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017  Professional General Artist
No, I wasn't saying older times were better entirely. But most of it was. For instance, the U.S. didn't have as much debt as it does now. In fact it was quite possible to own and buy a house...Now very few Americans even afford bread at a store. It's a terrible place to be stuck living in right now. And yeah Trump has his flaws, but I still think Hilary would have done serious damage, but the U.S. hasn't always had shitty Presidents. I doubt we'll ever see another Abraham Lincoln though...Good minded people never become President anymore. And the U.S. Government is by far the most corrupt assholes I've ever seen yet they love pointing their fingers at other countries claiming how bad their rulers are. 

And for the clothing thing again, I am aware of the deadly aspects of it like the tight corsets, and how some of the women wore those shoes that messed up their toes really bad..If a woman had a weight problem then that's the only reason I can see them wearing a corset. But back in older times most women were quite thin. And in a lot of foreign countries they still are in healthy shape...It's the U.S. where the women have really lost their way and stopped caring about their health. I remember back in my moms time and my grandmothers time women all looked a lot like Audrey H. and the majority of all those American and European Pinup models who had excellent figures.....Those times are long gone and I don't see them making a return either. 

I have no issues with change or what people choose to wear. It's just that I am attracted to a certain thing that women wear. Modernized clothing is still attractive if worn correctly, no doubt about it.  But I still find traditional cultural attire to be more interesting because yes most people don't want to stand out. And you can also find unique clothing that isn't so generic in stores, but you have to shop online instead. 
Most men I see who wear makeup are either doing the whole Punk or Goth Thing or they doing the Emo look. But just men in general don't wear makeup at all. I use to at one point wear eyeliner because it gave me a distinct looked. I just hated how it use to tickle under my eyes, always made me tear up a little. 

But yeah I don't think anyone aught to sacrifice their health for beauty at all. That's not good. So these images you created, are they digital painted, real photos you manipulated? Or pictures of people you were able to capture? 
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AlixofHesse Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017
I don't think old times were better at all. I.e. 100 years ago I wouldn't be able to get the education I get, I wouldn't have rights as human being nor an employee, my various ailments wouldn't be treated and I'd probably die in childbirth anyway. 

As for women in USA, the problem is that fast food is cheap and normal, healthy food is very expensive. In USA 43 million people live below the poverty line. It means they don't have access to healthy food or gym, nor the energy to exorcise on their own. Many of these people are uneducated so even if they had resources they may not know how to eat properly. Republicans won't change it for the better, as many (if not all) of their representatives believe that poor people deserve to be poor and they just don't try hard enough. 

As for eyeliner, I'd probably look for another brand if it didn't work with your eyes.

I color black and white pictures in photoshop.
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UndercityIV Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017  Professional General Artist
Well I do agree with everything you just said....I'm surprised you're even aware that people in the U.S. live below the poverty line considering all the bragging Americans like to do about being the best country in the world, the most richest, blah blah, this and that.
But I guess the world is catching on to the lies and they are starting too see that the U.S. is third world in denial. Or at the very least close to it. 
I'm just saying that the fashion senses in the past were attractive to me. I mean no era is perfect, even today there are still problems.
Seeing how I suffer so bad from loneliness, depression, and what not..I hardly even notice the world's issues. Even the major stuff doesn't phase me. 
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AlixofHesse Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017
I hope you have a trusted doctor to help you with depression and other problems. 
Well, I notice the world's issues (I guess I always was interested) and lately I've been noticing more and more. The problem is that I have issues with my government, to the point that I consider emigration, so I try to learn about other countries and what issues they may have to make good decision. And there is still injustice and suffering in the world and I'd like to change that, even if I won't be able to do much.
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Miko2660 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your gallery is beautiful.  It's plain, by your choices of pieces to work on, that you're fearless.  There are some images that I've wanted to colorize very much but the photos were too foggy or grainy; you've captured them beautifully in living rich color.  I wish these were large scaled works on a gallery wall that could be slowly enjoyed in detail because you've captured that detail exquisitely.  I'd love to know, you treat history with great respect here--doyou/did you study it? 
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AlixofHesse Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016
Thank you very much :) I studied history for a year but decided it wasn't for me at the time (I had some issues with the teachers at my University and since I was already in the middle of BA in Serbian I decided I didn't have time for that). I have no plans to return to the University to study it again but I enjoy reading and I try to learn on my own. 
Do you study history?
As you can probably tell, I enjoy most last Romanovs and Empress Alexandra is one of my favorite. I'm also quite impressed by Queen Elizabeth II and English royals. I try to mix them a little so people wouldn't be bored by Alexandra :P
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