Thursday, February 19, 2015

Then & Now ~ Red Maxi Dress



Then

02 1865 Afternoon Dress  1865  The Metropolitan Museum of Art copy

 Now

Alexander-McQueen-Vanity-Fair-Oscar-Party-2014

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Steampunk Inspiration ~ Pocket Watches


Some amazing pocket watches popped up around the web recently, Fashionable Reader.

1800 Pocket Watch  1800  Doyle Auctions

1810 Pocket Watch  1810  Doyle Auctions

1820 Pocket watch  1820  Sotheby’s

1820 Pocket watch  1820  Sotheby’s

I hopped on Amazon and found a few that I think are rather fine as well.

I love me a globular watch.

It has a tassel! And it's so cheap I may just get it.

I have one very like this.
And here are these cute folding glasses, just because.

Glasses  1917  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Book Cover Inspiration ~ Green from Germany's Blameless


I make no secret, Fashionable Reader, that green is one of my favorite colors to wear. I fancy it makes my muddy green eyes less muddy, although I am could be entirely wrong in this matter. Regardless, I adore green.

Two of my very favorite dresses.


That first dress  one reminds me so much of this one...

1902 Walking Dress  Jean-Philippe Worth  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

So, of all my German covers, Blameless is my favorite. Not least because the fan is the most period-accurate accessory they gave the model.


Without further ado, here's a historical retrospective, in character when possible, of this color...

For Lord Akeldama:


1700sGreen

1800 Malachite Parure  early 19th century  Sotheby’s

For Sophronia:


1858 Robe à Transformation  1858  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1858 Robe à Transformation  1858  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For Professor Lefoux:


1850-1855 Evening Dress   The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For Dimity:


Bodice  1867  Musée Galliera de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

Bracelet  1860s  Sotheby’s

1865 Bodice  1865  The Victoria & Albert Museum

For Alexia:


1870  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For Countess Nadasdy:


1880 Charles Fredrick Worth, 1880s  Kerry Taylor Auctions

For Prudence:


1885  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1890 Luna Moth Fan  1890  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1900 Pendant  1900s  Christie’s
1900 Afternoon Dress  1900s  Antique Dress

For Primrose:


1895 Tea Dress by Designer Charles Frederick Worth
1900-1910  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

1901 Evening Coat  Jean-Philippe Worth, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For Quesnel:


1897 Pocket Watch  Patek Philippe, 1897  Sotheby’s

After my books...


 1909  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1910 Callot Soeurs, 1910-1912  Les Arts Décoratifs; 1911-1912  Antique Dress

 1923  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Callot Soeurs, 1925  The Goldstein Museum of Design


1929 Evening Dress Edward Molyneux The Museum at FIT; 1933-1935 Ensemble  Elsa Schiaparelli  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1934 Lucien Lelong  The Chicago History Museum

1935 Bangle  Cartier, 1935  Sotheby’s

1935 Emerald Necklace  Tiffany & Co.  Christie’s

1940s Valentina  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1950 theladyisa-vamp

1954 Jewelry Suite  1954  Sotheby’s

1957   Charles James, 1957  The Museum at FIT

1960 Collar  Grima, 1960s  Sotheby’s

1970s Halston  1stdibs.com

Modern Greens


 2013 Akris SS 2013; 2013 Carolina Herrera 2013

2014 Bulgari-Serpenti-Shoulder-bag

 2014 Deepa Gurnani Ullapool necklace at anthropologie.com; 2014 Heather Hawkins cut gemstone drape earrings

2014 Issa ruched silk-jersey dress this and next at net-a-porter.com

2014 Lulu Frost Absinthe earrings at lulufrost.com

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