Helena DiGiustiJun 27, 2022
A Discussion with Helena DiGiusti
New Books Network 2022
Helena DiGiusti talks about @WikiVictorian, the Twitter account that she runs. More than a traditional wiki, it embodies the randomness and miscellaneous nature of so much of Victorian cultures. She talks about the origins of the account in her interest in Victorian fashion, art, and history, and how the account has been embraced by enthusiasts across the professional spectrum and around the world.
Like William Morris, she favors the simple criteria of interest and beauty. Per Morris, “If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Perhaps more Twitter accounts ought to be like Kelmscott Manor.
Behind WikiVictorian hides someone deeply fascinated by art, history, photography, old things… and specially, everything about the Victorian era and the 19th century. Her name is Helena, and she is a 23 year old anthropologist from Granada, in the south of Spain.
Image: Fall and Winter Catalogue, H. O’Neill and Co.
Music used in promotional material: ‘winter smoke’ by The Owl