Once upon a time....
The first time I have seen this painting by Renoir my attention was attracted by the quiet and light sense of elegance that you can feel in the deep contemplation of the little ladies in this scene . Renoir is so sublime in his soft touches that you can listen to the delicate notes of the music while the delicate fingers are dancing on the ebony keys.
Jacob Maris , a wonderful Dutch painter is so able to capture an intimate and at the same time delicate portrait of a little girl playing piano in a timeless melody.
Time loses its pointers,the light of the lukewarm spring time afternoon surrounds you,their emotions are your emotions,their elegance becomes your elegance . They are here, with you and wrap you up in the atmosphere of that moment .You are living their dreaming reality, in an eternal spring time .That's all your present.
A full immersion in the study of fashion history is always a pleasure , looking for the key points , the basic elements to identify a period dress line from different painters and portraits. The loving study gives the couturier the opportunity to compare human sensibilities among the different artists of the same period and through the centuries to enrich the final results following a fine, invisible and palpitating file rouge in the creation of the ensemble.
For example,note the rich dresses of these ladies and their interesting sleeve cuffs
Following the style of the dresses of the ladies in the paintings you can pleasantly fix the pleats of this pink dress with a refined and tactful gesture of your hand among the rustling silk
With this inspiration , I have sewn for you this silk set listed on ebay
The final result is a completely original set of garments .Originality is the key point of my collections. I always want to explore new chances of expression of creativity to open new perspectives and new points of views in Blythe fashion
The dress has a high cream cotton lace collar with a tiny pink bow and follows a princess cut with a resulting low waistline to recreate the peculiar figure of the 1870 fashion . An linear game of pleats and lace embellishes the front panel of the dress and a vertical row of antique gold colored Venetian glass beads gives the illusion of an elongated and thinned waistline that in the late XIX century was reached with the use of the whale bones of the corset . The lower part of the skirt shows a controlled pleats hem with more freedom at the back of the dress to give a sense of vitality and movement , emphasized with a fine high cream cotton lace kept high at hip line by two silk beige bows. The sleeves have an interesting lace and pleat cuff that repeats the decoration of the front of the dress.
The dress is fully lined with white rayon: bust, skirt AND sleeves.
The silk hairpin , in an intricate game of multiple bows , follows the bow on the back of the dress with a sense of unity and continuity of inspiration.
The cape has an interesting joke that remembers the typical shamrock of the spring grass in a warm shot silk fabric.
This rich and gorgeous color is the blend of two colors, a deep claret red and ancient gold resulting in a final burnt Siena -terracotta with golden and red burgundy reflexes . The cape has side fronts sections with opening for arms. Four golden shamrocks decorate the upper and the low edges of the cuts. The cut of the joke on the back of the cape repeats the same line of the front enriched with three tiny tassels made in silk burgundy thread. A pink silk bow decorates the front .
The cape is fully lined using white rayon fabric.
A real lady of leisure like Blythe loves pretty bags so I have styled a fine and coquettishly elegant crocheted flower bag to have a stroll in the Spring time air with an Irish rose element in cream cotton thread. A double pink silk ribbon closes the bag and completes the set.
For this period dress, cape, hairpin and bag I have used luxurious and natural materials : 100 % silk fabric, 100% cotton lace and threads, 100% silk ribbons.