Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Dior darling deux

Following on from Dior Darling
After the amazing toiles and Dior ladies, you once again plunge in to the darkness....

.....only to emerge in the most amazing double, poss triple height ball room(?)
With what can only be described as a wedding cake of Dior looming over you,
it really does take your breath away.

the dress once again are amazing and I am running out of adjectives.

This one below is definitely one of my favourites, and one of the very early pieces, I remember seeing it in my Fashion History books when I was doing A-Level Textiles. Exquisite

And off course we all know this one, the launch of the New Look after WW2, which kick started the French Textile/Fashion industry, because of all the fabric in the skirt.  But the women in Britain had to wait quite a few more years for the end of rationing and Utility Wear before they could enjoy such glamour.  That is unless they had the money to nip over to Paris.....

Saturday, 14 October 2017

isles of the very old dolphin

Very quick update!
Back in 2013 I did a post on chapelle dom hue
Well this year there was a archaeological dig on the islet,
to try and understand it a little more about its history  
But it produced more questions than answers, the main one being
Answers on a postcard please!

Monday, 9 October 2017

Dior darling

Back from Paris at the beginning of last week, I do love that city!
And I was able to go and see the Christian Dior Retrospective in a wing of the Louvre.
Definitely recommend getting tickets before,
as you just walk right in rather than queuing for nearly an hour! 
Its very popular, even on a Thursday afternoon, it was heaving and hot, but the cloths are to die for.  You start in dark galleries the clothes spot lighted, all sultry and glamourous. Then you burst in to the light, and these beautiful white rooms with ceiling covered in cascading white paper wisteria, stunning.  And perfect for the more summery garden party style of dresses.

Then you cross the triple height fall way and up another flight of stairs and in to this amazing room

Full of toiles (early dress samples).
The displays in this exhibition are the best I have ever seen.

There were two ladies in a little alcove, they were from the Dior workshop, but not sure if they were dress makers or pattern cutters? It was the only part not well signed and the only part that I wanted signs! But sadly I was not brave enough with my French to ask...

But I was up for asking about the sample of embroidery and yes they do outsource to Lesage !

In the dark section you couldn't use your flash,
so I felt it was a good excuse to practice my sketching.

Very enjoyable.
If you are in Paris I definitely recommend going to see this exhibition, but do pre book!
More photos in part deux

Saturday, 16 September 2017

sweetie beadie!

Just a sneekie peek at what I am working on....

Is it shallow to say these make me very happy......

something about the colour and texture, love running my hands through them
think they are a cross between sea urchins and liquorish Allsorts!
More info on what I am making them for to follow....

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

suffolk Puffs

Last year I was in Canterbury with my sister and picked up this little gismo. It calls its self a yo-yo maker but in Britain we all know that they are called Suffolk Puffs and are traditionally used for making beautiful quilts out of tiny remnants of fabric. 

But these days people are beginning to think out side the box with them, producing all sorts of things from art work to coats out of them.

A few years ago when we were just north of Paris
I brought a beautiful half scarf, half necklace thing.....scarlace....neckarf....nef....
What ever, its gorgeous and so easy to wear.
So a cousin of that would be my plan.

Made loads of colourful little puffs, but true to form I went back to my favourite classic combination, Blue and White, well you really cant go wrong with that can you?

Must say I am rather pleased with how it came out, and have worn it loads this summer, maybe I now need to do a winter version, all plums and navies......ideas, ideas, ideas