i always felt like desdemona of shakespeare’s othello was helpless. like a lot of shakespearean damsels, she was the pawn of schemes around her. she up and left venice to elope and accompany othello in his travels. as the plot unfolds we see that she is made to look like a two timing hussie with cassio by iago. all this is done because iago feels cassio was wrongly promoted over him by othello. confused? no worries…it’s shakespeare. anyway, upon duping othello into thinking cassio and desdemona were knocking boots, othello promises iago a promotion if he kills cassio. iago in turn convinces roderigo, who is in love with desdemona to kill cassio. things start getting crazy, othello smothers desdemona, iago kills roderigo, iago kills emilia, othello kills himself and then iago gets arrested. that’s a super bare bones version but as you can see, desdemona was pretty helpless…so she’d probably wear flowy dresses, right?
1: eloping with othello: dress by alberta feretti, shoes by valentino
2: i lost my handkerchief: dress by christian dior, shoes by stella mccartney
3: othello is being so mean: dress by giambattista valli, shoes by azzaro
I have been struggling with original content lately. Mostly because I’ve been busy and also because I’ve been listening to the same stuff over and over since my iPod was broken and my heart was too broken to try and find new music (dramatic. whatevs). My iPod is finally back, but original content might still be lacking since I am heading into final paper hell. I’m counting this tumblr post as doing research though since I am writing a paper on Desdemona (and Hero from Much Ado About Nothing). I’ll totes put something about Desdemona wearing flowy dresses in my paper… not. But I want to. Desdemona kind of sucks as a heroine*, through no fault of her own though. Shakespeare obviously doesn’t like her and she is pretty much fated to die from the first. Hero is also a pretty awful heroine**, but since she has her kickass cousin/sidekick Beatrice, she isn’t quite so pitiful. Really, if I could have found it (and not had to do the work to create the looks myself) I would have posted Beatrice’s outfits***. That’s one awesome chick I can get behind.
Click the picture to listen to an awesome song from my angst-y late tweens/early teens. ”SKYE SWEETNAM ROXXXX <3” was probably written on some trapper keeper I had in like the seventh grade. I was such a rebel… I mean I still am a rebel(???)
*These outfits are far from sucking though. Way to make a weak/doomed heroine fashionable while she is predestined for death.
**And her name makes for some awkward not-actually-repetitive-repetition. Thanks Billy S.
***In the future I might totally do this. Hopefully I will have the self control to refrain until after finals. (probs not).