All posts tagged: extent gowns

A historical costumer’s Haft-Sin

Haft-Sin is a traditional Naw-Rúz table setting in Persia (Iran), more linked to the Persian roots of Naw-Rúz, than to the way Baha’is celebrate it, but still a lovely, picturesque idea.  A Haft-Sin is an arrangement of 7 items that begin with S, each symbolising a wish for the new year.  Here is my Haft-Sin for you: Sabzeh – wheat, barley or lentil sprouts growing in a dish symbolize rebirth Samanu – a sweet pudding made from wheat germ symbolizes affluence Senjed – the dried fruit of the oleaster tree, look like cherries and symbolizes love Sīr – garlic, symbolizes medicine and good health. Poor Dulcinea (below) was criticised for being so robust and healthy that she more resembled a ‘garlic eating peasant’ than the lady of Don Quixote’s fantasies. Sīb – apples for beauty and health Somaq – sumac berries – symbolizing sunrise (through their colour) and new beginnings Serkeh – vinegar symbolizes age and patience.

Rate the Dress: 1870s colours

A few of you liked Maria Theresa’s masque frock last week, but most of you were rather lukewarm, with the main complaint being that the patterns were too busy and aggressive, and the whole thing didn’t go together. It rated a 5.9 out of 10. This week, our rate the dress is a bit toned down pattern-wise, but not colour-wise. Yep.  That’s quite some colour in quite a combination.  What do you think? Rate the dress on a scale of 1 to 10

Early Worth gowns

I know everyone wants to hear about the talk and see pictures, but that won’t happen yet for three reasons 1) I’m exhausted,  2) I hardly took any, so have to wait to get them from other people and 3) I’ve been asked to do a last minute talk on Sat and it gives me an excuse to pull out a few dresses I haven’t shown in a long time, so I’m frantic with that. So, in lieu of a Pompeii to Paris post, here is a pretty eye candy post in response to a readers question about early Worth gowns. There aren’t a lot of extent Worth gowns from before 1870 around, but the ones that are are fascinating glimpses into his aesthetic development, as he became more adventurous with colours and trim. Here are the early Worth gowns I can find images of: From the Metropolitan Museum of Art: From the Chicago History Museum From the Museo de la Moda: From the FIDM Museum: From the Royal Ontario Museum: More dresses were on …