Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sunflower

3.1 Phillip Lim dress. Snakeskin belt. Beaded bow headband. Vintage elephant necklace. Vintage filigree, engraved (a souvenir from my sister’s trip to Israel) & enamel (a souvenir from my mom’s trip to Martha’s Vineyard) bangles. Woven tights. Miu Miu shoes.
Chartreuse, honey mustard or simply yellow - my frock's color shall be associated forever with Michelle Obama's Isabel Toledo-designed-suit for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. A blouse version of my dress appeared as look #32 on Phillip Lim's spring 2010 RTW runway; here the loosely woven eyelet feathers to a fine knit unto its scalloped hem, while the epaulettes bear jewels. Monotone sans monotony: I knotted a gold snakeskin belt around my lemongrass-sheathed waist.
My penchant for sparkly hair accoutrements was stimulated by a lecture I attended the other evening at the Gunn Memorial Library & Museum: Jewels of Scandal & Desire. Curt DiCamillo (Historian/Executive Director of the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA) explained how the 18th-19th Century British ruling class used jewelry to reinforce their social position. Antique tiaras inspired my beaded bow headband today - a modest flapper version of the real McCoy.

1 comment:

  1. beautiful dress! - love the shoulder detail, and the headpiece and belt look fantastic with it.

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