Happy Saturday, Everyone!
Here comes your scatter for the week.
Photographer Anoush Abrar shot model Annie Kortleve in this intriguing evening dress. What makes this work for me is not only the strongly Surrealist aspect to it, but the unusual method of emphasizing the Heart embroidery through the sunburst gathers of the chiffon, so that structure itself becomes part of the decorative strength of the piece. Most assuredly this is not for any but the most adventurous of dressers, but the poetry of it is wonderful, and paired with the right person, this garment could help lift them to the level of mobile art.
Georges Barbier was one of the premier illustrators of fashion at the beginning of the 20th century, when suddenly, like the couturiers for whom they worked, artists like Barbier were becoming famous in their own right, where previously illustrations were not often given artist attribution at all. This illustration is of a Lanvin creation from 1922. It shows the growing stylization of fashion imagery. Its a huge departure from the relentless accuracy of delineating every last fold and ruffle. Also, the woman is shown in a less structured pose; as though caught between moments of movement. Its a glimpse at how much everything was changing.
And well, yeah, back to Mr Worth we go. What more fitting close to this week's scatter. 1885 is the date for this elegant dress. Its officially an afternoon dress, but its composition and decorations would have made this a regular go to frock for the lady who owned it. Its styling would enable it to be suitable for town outings during the day, visiting, entertaining daily callers, and for casual dinners at home. Its a classic example of the well edited Worth style. Two textiles do most of the work. A deep garnet colored silk and an even darker silk velvet. The dress slyly refers to the men's suits of the 18th century with its cutaway jacket, edged with embroidery. But one of the things I like most is the superbly handled draping of the bustled back. The gentle asymmetry of the velvet and silk looks almost like a gigantic, loosely tied bow. Its a gorgeous color and whoever she was, she must have loved wearing it.
Well, my 25th foray into Scattertown is over. Have a Grand Weekend, all!