When I was younger I was classically trained in Russian ballet. I once wrote a poem detailing my ambitions, “… her dreams turn quietly on her toe.”
But dreams don’t make allowances for injuries.
This is currently my computer background. When you zoom you will notice each flower has been cut individually and rests on the lace front underskirt. The overskirt is an exotic array of flowers. I’m starting to question whether the son was truly the master of the art of dress.
The Met believes: This is a very beautiful example of a Belle Époque dress emphasizing the aesthetic for pastel colors and light materials. The cutout work of the chiné applied to the lace is an outstanding feature which adds liveliness to the flowers, as if they were growing. Chiné is expensive to make as the pattern is printed on the warp before the weft is woven in, thus producing the blurred effect, reminiscent of a Claude Monet (1840-1926) painting.
The Met says: This is truly an attention getting gown with fantastical themes. The fantasy here is depicted in the bodice which imitates a peasant’s cotton blouse and is played against the traditional 18th century and neoclassical motifs in the skirt embroidery.
I would really love to have seen the back view on this dress!