I have always been in love with this 1780s French gown from the Met, one for being a gorgeous gown, but because of the way the photograph was styled with the little dog mannequin:
|The Met, 1780|
To me, the little greyhound-like dog mannequin has always represented Avi, my dearest companion who passed away this time last year. I had always intended to make this dress and take pictures with Avi, but never got around to it, though Avi participated in many costumed photo shoots over the years.
|Avi and I posed together a lot in photo shoots for American Duchess. She would sit herself in the center of the backdrop and refuse to move, so we just went with it. 🙂|
When I was in LA last week, I found this embroidered silk taffeta and instantly thought of the picture from The Met, and this gown. The fabric was a bit of a splurge for me, but I knew I had to have it, and that even though I’ll never be able to take the picture with Avi, it will remind me of her every time I wear the dress. So I bought the fabric.
|It’s not a match, but it reminded me of the 1780 dress fabric, so I couldn’t pass it up.|
Luckily the Met has a lot of pictures of this gown, and I want to be true to the design. I’m hoping to have it done for a trip to Williamsburg in June – I better get stitching!
You can see more angles, and larger images at http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/84611
UnknownMarch 26, 2015 at 7:43 PM
A beautiful gown, and a fitting tribute to your lovely girl.
MindLessMarch 26, 2015 at 8:20 PM
A lovely memory and one that you can wear as well! THE FABRIC LOOKS SO LUSH1
SamanthaMarch 26, 2015 at 8:55 PM
can't wait to see it–and you! YAY! 😀
KellyMarch 26, 2015 at 11:30 PM
What a lovely way way to memorialize a beloved pet.
MartiMarch 27, 2015 at 12:18 AM
A beautiful tribute to Avi. I bet your local shelter has a dog that would love to pose for all of your future projects. What kind of fabric is it?
Lauren StowellMarch 27, 2015 at 8:37 PM
We actually adopted another dog of the same breed very soon after Avi died, so we're back up to four in our pack. Her name is Lexi.
CMarch 27, 2015 at 1:06 AM
That is so sweet! And that fabric… wow. Very, very fitting for such a great furry friend.
GinaMarch 27, 2015 at 2:57 AM
Awe!! This post made me happy and sad at the same time. The loss of a family pet/member is always such a sucky thing. I can't wait to see your new gown that will hold such a wonderful memory of Avi!!
PinhousePlaymateMarch 27, 2015 at 5:27 AM
The fabric looks lovely!
Avi was a very cute dog, such a lovable face 🙂
Madame BergMarch 27, 2015 at 9:01 AM
I'm so sorry about Avi, I didn't know! I remember so fondly how she won the "Cutest sewing pet" competition years ago, much deserved (though my kitten still disagrees, of course). <3
Lauren StowellMarch 27, 2015 at 8:38 PM
I wasn't public about it, and it still hurts a year later, but I have very fond memories at least, the Cutest Crafting Pet thing one of them 🙂
CarolineMarch 28, 2015 at 4:42 AM
Oh this will be so lovely! I got to see that particular exhibit when it was at the Met. I'll never forget how beautiful it was in person!
Aw, but I'm so sorry about your dear dog. I almost lost my Harlow last year. I can't even imagine 🙁
LindaMarch 30, 2015 at 6:16 PM
A gorgeous dress, and Avi was adorable. 🙂
AnnaApril 1, 2015 at 2:57 PM
I didn't know Avi was gone either…so sorry to hear that. I lost my own "historical dog" Honey (at least, she wouldn't have looked out of place in a London street scene) four years ago and it still really hurts to think about her being gone. So you have my deepest empathy, and I think it's so lovely to still be thinking of Avi with a new project.