Shell in Japonisme

I’m dreadfully overdue in posting images of Shell in my Japonisme dress (the talk was weeks ago), but in a way I’m glad. Because I waited to post these, I had the opportunity to get to know Shell both for her grace and poise as a model, and for her warm nature and wicked sense of humour.

Of course, only her grace and poise are on show in this post.

Perfectly poised

The locket is hers

Her colouring is perfect, and the irises are the final touch of fabulousness

Does it open?

Shell has fabulously long legs, so the skirt is a bit short.

I adore the back view of this ensemble

Most of that is a hairpiece

OK, maybe just a bit of the wicked sense of humour:

Hee hee

In other news, I have recovered my photos from the road trip (yay!) so tomorrow I’ll be posting some of those.

Rate the Dress: Making Music with Schiaparelli

Either I have lost my ability to find pictures of non-attractive historical frocks, or y’all have gotten soft in your ratings, because you like everything I have been showing you.  Cabanel’s young lady rated an 8.8 out of 10 (it would have been a nine, but she lost out for the limp lace), and the lady in red rated an 8.4 out of 10.

Will a 20th century frock continue the winning streak?  Or will Schiaparelli be a step too far?

Schiaparelli’s designs can never be accused of not being brave, and her 1939 music inspired collection was no exception.  This particular evening dress features musical notes embroidered in metallic thread, matching gloves, and a music box belt buckle.

Evening dress, Schiaparelli, House of Lesage, 1939. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

What do you think?  Would the dress help a pretty girl to be like a melody, or is it a bit out of tune?

Rate the Dress on a scale of 1 to 10

Back to civilisation

After 13 amazing days touring the South Island of NZ, living out of a car and sleeping in tents and backpackers and wearing the same clothes over and over, it’s lovely to be back in civilisation, enjoying clothes and beds and technology.

And sewing!  I’m so excited about being back at my machine (though I did do hand sewing on the trip), and can’t wait to show you all the projects I’m working on.

I want to show you photographs too…but… my memory card failed.  And I have to take it to a computer shop and hope they can be recovered.


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