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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