Just recently there was a small debate on whether or not antiques should be used or worn. One person spoke about antiques being relics that should be preserved and another about the sturdiness and strength of the object in question. My view on the discussion was that antiques (not all mind you) are meant to be well loved ( for example my beetlewing embroidery is the exception to this rule). All of the undergarments I use in my fashion lectures in Southampton are original and my favorite coral necklace is 100+ years old.
The reason I bring this up is because the embroidered panel (seen here unfinished) on my Consulate/Empire gown is an antique but instead of letting it lie in a tomb of artifacts I gave it a new life. Personally my feelings are that Antiques are meant to be preserved and loved. What is your opinion on that?
“Boots: 1883, high-button style of silk satin brocade with kidskin vamp, quarter, and baby French heel, kidskin decorated with cut-out pattern of rhododendron leaves underlaid with gold-colored kid, scallop-edge closure along side with circular brass buttons.”
… for once I’m actually at a loss for words.
Fourth quarter 19th century
Anne & Thérèse (French)
The Met says: …The intricate and artistic beadwork that is used is of the highest quality and an example of refined French workmanship from the period. While the flapper style began as a style quite shocking, it developed into the look of the modern fashionable woman.