Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fabric Finesse

Fabric designs can be so mesmerizing and depending on the texture can grab my attention like a piece of art in a museum. Starting with the French Court garments from the seventeen and eighteenth centuries; the fabrics often embellished with oriental plants, floral motifs, or exotic animals are so appealing. I am amazed by the extravagant and exclusive high-quality damask, brocade, velvet, silk and satin fabrics and the metallic lace trimmings detailing these elaborate clothes.

Coat and waistcoat worn by Peter II, 1727–1730
Made from silk velvet and silk taffeta with silver embroidery
Victoria and Albert Museum
Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012 Milan collection

The elegant and fine workmanship has flourished into today's modern fashion world. Not only did the rediscovery of fashion made from exotic textiles drape rock and roll stars from the 1960's, the 17th-century style was the inspiration for a number of designers who used rich fabrics and elaborate ornamentation for their runway collections.

The Isley Brothers 1969 "It's Our Thing" album cover
                                Marchesa Fall 2013 collection                      Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2012 collection
Musician Dave Davies 1967 Album Cover photo

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