Friday, February 14, 2014

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Happy Valentine's Day!

...here's a pink dress...

LACMA, 1830

It's a dress I'm madly in love with. It's the kind of painful sort of love that makes me want to attempt to make this, but then fear that my version will be lame and I will ruin my adoration of this gown. LE SIGH!

Detail of the beret sleeve
I already know I don't have the patience to do this kind of beadwork...(and about a fraction of the skill...)

Imitation pearl glass beads sewn onto silk organza. I love that you can see the pencil lines still...
A girl can dream, though, right?

Someday, Pink LACMA Dress, .... someday....


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  1. That beadwork is heavenly! And it's amazing that the embroidery pattern is still in place.
    But 1830s fashions--so crazy and silly looking with the gigondo low-set sleeves and bizarre poodly hairstyles. That said, this is a particularly restrained example of the period and the more I look at it, the more lovely it seems. No doubt the ladies who wore these styles looked back on their foremothers' fashions--the neoclassicism of the Regency--and mocked them.

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    1. I agree, the 1830s are...weird. I've never ventured in, but I'm starting to get the itch. It might have to be this one, or there's a brown gown I really like too (and happen to have brown silk for)

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  2. looking at this dress I know exactly how you feel.

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  3. Oh, cool! In the closeup of the embroider, you can see where they drew the beadwork pattern on the fabric!

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    1. Isn't that awesome!? One of my favorite details!

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  4. I love this dress. It is probably my favorite 1830's dress. The sleeves are probably my favorite thing as far as the shape goes. I think the way the pleating switches at the halfway point and the way they evoke Chinese lanterns is just perfection. Ooo, there's one at the V&A that is in close competition with it. I practically had to clean my nose print off the glass when I was looking at it. Okay, I take it back. The one at the V&A is 1820's. Here, I grabbed the link (let's see if I can share it in the comments): http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O74454/evening-dress-unknown/

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    1. If it's the one you posted on FB I don't blame you. That gown is SCRUMPTIOUS

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    1. I kno, I know. I do like the color pink, I just never ever ever ever wear it.

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  6. It is AMAZING! I've been to LACMA many times and I've never seen any of their dresses on display. Bad timing or are they only in the archives?

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    1. I missed the Fashioning Fashion show a few years back, when this one was apparently on display. Bummer. The best I could come by was the book :-D

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  7. Le sigh....I am so in love with this dress. It makes my girly heart so happy just to look at it!! Will you please make it so I won't have to? You will do a stunning job!

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