Thank You All!
I'd like to thank all of you for stopping by to read, comment, and inspire me this year! I truly appreciate all of your encouragements, insights and questions. Many of my projects this year have been true journeys with trials and triumphs along the way.
I received a special treat in the mail last week, from Anne Stevens who lives in London. She sent me a lovely letters and these three postcards from the Victoria and Albert Museum's exhibit the Golden Age of Couture. I thought I'd share these with you as a jump start for inspiration for 2008. I know I am certainly inspired by them!
This first one is the front detail of the "Bar" jacket from Christian Dior's 1947 Spring/Summer collection. Aren't the hand made buttons perfect?
This one is the "Bosphore" evening gown by Dior made of silk velvet, embroidered with pearls, gold thread and cabochons from the 1956 autumn/winter collection. I know it is hard to see the detail, but there are nests that are 3-D! They are made of a small cup shaped piece of velvet with the pearls sewn inside to look like eggs.
Last, but not least, my favorite (no surprise!) is an evening gown from Pierre Balmain, made of silk organza with ostrich feathers, sequins and rhinestones from about 1950. Look at the top edge of that bodice! Wow!
Parting Shot: The last two holiday photos. No, the first one is not what we sent in the Christmas cards of our children this year. They got a little silly after posing for "nice shots" for daddy. The second one is one of my husband's more artfully posed ones.