” … The little mermaid lifted her glorified eyes towards the sun, and felt them, for the first time, filling with tears. On the ship, in which she had left the prince, there were life and noise; she saw him and his beautiful bride searching for her; sorrowfully they gazed at the pearly foam, as if they knew she had thrown herself into the waves. Unseen she kissed the forehead of her bride, and fanned the prince, and then mounted with the other children of the air to a rosy cloud that floated through the aether… . “ The Little Mermaid, Hans Christian Anderson Natalia Vodianova in Alexander McQueen
I know I mentioned a Worth post but I feel like I’m long overdue to pay homage to one of my favorite things; the ocean. I’ll be posting a mixture of old and new posts to illustrate this theme so I apologize in advance if you recognize some of these.
Elie Saab Couture Spring Summer 2012
Another example of an item being sold that was originally listed on AA.
Comparing the acution description (especially the dates) is very interesting.
AA lists this item as: Young Lady’s Sea Side Ensemble, c. 1880: 3-piece, skirt, bodice & belt, all in blue chambray trimmed w/ ivory eyelet bands: skirt w/ apron front, hem ruffle & 5 ruffles over bustle back; fitted blouse, front thread woven buttons, band collar; eyelet belt w/ huge chambray back bow, B 30”, W 20”, Skirt L 52”, (couple tiny holes, brown discoloration on chambray) very good; t/w 1 red & white striped cotton shirt waist, excellent. Brooklyn Museum
The current listing describes the item as: Robe pour le bord de mer, vers 1890, en toile de coton chinée bleu ciel, corsage cintré à basques rondes, garnitures de volants et entredeux en broderie anglaise. Jupe à tablier drapé à 5 hauteurs de volants sur la tournure, (usures et restaurations).
And according to google this means: Dress for the seaside, 1890, canvas cotton mottled blue sky, bodice curved round skirts and ruffles trim entredeux broderie anglaise. Skirt apron draped 5 heights of flying on the turn (wear and restorations).
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“Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.”
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson
I have kept my yearly vigil in honour of the memory of those who perished in the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the early hours of April 15, 1912.
Requiescat in pace, you are not forgotten.
Today 101 years ago the Titanic set sail on her maiden voyage. In 4 days she will sink and take over 1,500 souls to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Titanic sets sail in this photo for the first and last time.