Why are we so ashamed of periods? … Women’s bodies are incredibly sexualized in our media and in our every day experiences. So much so that even mentioning menstruation sends a lot of people into kindergarten levels of EW. And why? Because for a moment, you have broken the spell. And suddenly, you are no longer a magical mannequin unicorn fairy existing purely for the sexual fantasy of other people. Suddenly, you’re a human being! (X)
Helena Ravenclaw was the daughter of Rowena Ravenclaw, one of the four founders of Hogwarts. She stole her mother’s diadem and ran away with it, and was later murdered by the Bloody Baron who had sought her out. After her death she became known as ‘The Grey Lady’ - the ghost of Ravenclaw Tower.
"The reason I love working with Jacqueline Durran (the costumer also for Pride & Prejudiceand Atonement) is she works from a character base, and everything is full of symbolism. We viewed Anna as a bird trapped in a cage. Her veils and corsets are like cages. Anna wore fur and for me it signified that she was suffocating herself in dead skin, trapping herself, making her own cage.She wears diamonds, the hardest stone that could cut her throat at any second. We wanted sex to be part of the symbolism as well, so a lot of the dresses were based on a lingerie idea with bed lace poking out. We used bed-linen fabric in one of the dresses to keep that post-coital vibe in it. The last dress Anna is seen in was based on a couple of paintings we studied of the fall of the Whore of Babylon.”