the timeless language of feminine fashion
Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess. – Edna Woolman Chase
bonjour toute le monde et bon weekend. how are you? i hope you’re doing well on this wintry february friday night. i want to apologize to those who were subscribed to the blog. i cut it off thinking that i was going to do a post a day and didn’t want to bombard anyone with that much info in the inbox. my idea has changed now though, i’m going to blog when inspired, not because of any self imposed ideal but because it makes me happy. that said, if you want to re-subscribe let me know in the comments and we’ll get you back up. in the meantime, i’ve been going through my possessions little by little, enjoying the process and taking time to study some of the wonderful treasures i’d forgotten about. on my last trip to the paris flea market (vanves to be exact), i fell in love with these old fashion plates. they date from the 1800s to the 1920s, and are fascinating capsules of a bygone era, a detailed glimpse into the lifestyles and tastes of women in the last century.
each card is dated and fitted with every detail of a woman’s outfit from the feathers in her hat to the fabrics of her frock.
the tiny flowers, beautiful silks and velvets were all taken into account when it came to fashion and the feminine mystique.
some even have perfume labels attached, a possible suggestion that all 5 senses were addressed when dressing
the little black lacy fabric in the upper left is one of my favorites and so is the vibrant and colorful ribbon above
i guess i just fell in love with the spirit of these grand dames
anyway i bought them to frame but then thought that it would be a shame to put them under glass when it’s so much more fascinating to touch and feel them, ponder their exquisite weaves and exquisite design. since i haven’t done them justice myself i think it would be best to pass them on to those who would appreciate them, so what better way than a giveaway?
in the next few days we’ll draw from the names in the comments and mail them out next week. if there’s a certain one you like best, let me know.
in the meantime, have a wonderful weekend!