Thursday, July 2, 2009

what a coat

In this day of black and tan can you imagine ladies strutting down the city sidewalks in such stunning creations?

"Before the early twentieth century, Oriental influence in fashion was confined to the design of textiles. The arrival of the Ballets Russes in Paris in 1909 detonated an

aesthetic bombshell in the West. Decors for the ballet by Russian painter Leon Bakst used exotic patterns, brilliant colors, and lush fabrics. The new trend in all the graphic arts was termed Orientalism. With its striking palette of orange, green and black, this brilliant coat perfectly captures the mood of the period."

Orientalism-inspired wool coat, c.1912 at Vintage Textile

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