submitted by Alexandria
Source: The Art of Pocahontas
Giovanni Boldini | Marchesa Luisa Casati with a greyhound | c. 1908
I completely forgot her in my “Favorite 20th Century Icon” post earlier. She is the namesake of the Marchesa fashion house (for those of you who didn’t know).
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
‘The very essence of romance is uncertainty.’
Evening dress ca, 1866 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The colors are to die for * q *
I WANT TO DRAW THIS.
Tennis dress ca. 1885-1888 via The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
“It gradually became more acceptable for women to participate in sporting activities throughout the second half of the 19th century. Clothing requirements for most sporting remained strict towards retaining foundation garments such as corsets and bustle, which were thought to stabilize women’s frail and weak forms. This example would have been worn for tennis, yachting or general seaside walking. Striped textiles were fashionable for such activities, probably due to the nautical theme and their jaunty air which inspires vigor. Although the silhouette remained the same, with the exception of the shorter, more maneuverable length, the trimmings were reduced. This is a striking example of this type of dress, which is fairly rare in museum collections.”
oh my gog those stripes~ <3