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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Fashion Backward

Last week my journal study group went to the Morgan Library to see an exhibit on fashion in medieval France.  The descriptions of the constantly changing styles reminded me of an episode of Project Runway; for example, the conical headpiece we often see on depictions of medieval women started out as two cones--one on either side of the head, with fabric draped between.  Over time, the cones moved closer and closer to the center of the headpiece until eventually the two became one.  Fashion seems to have been evolving for as long as humans have been wearing clothes.

See the two cones? mid 1400's



And then there was one. Early 1500s


This is from a tapestry called The History of Troy


We missed Shirley last week, but it was great seeing everyone else.  Ever seen an air hug? That's how you say goodbye when the temperature is almost 100 degrees in New York City.

8 comments:

Eileen said...

I always learn something new when I come here! Thanks for the history lesson, and for being brave (or crazy) enough to traipse around the city during our heat wave. Not for the weak, I'll tell you.
Love your air hug watercolor.

ellie said...

Ditto to what Eileen said...your blog is becoming a virtual history class and I love that!

"Sweat Hugs"...perfect description...

I'm enjoying watching your sketch book evolve as well...great focus in color and subject (not that you need to hear my two cents...but I do love your use of a strong simple palette and singular subject matter...a nice vacation for these eyes of mine).

Janet Ghio said...

Oh Teri-what a great exhibit to attend--lucky you-great little art group and wonderful city full of things to look at!! I like your journals pages and so true about the sweat hug!!

Shirley said...

Love the spread you did from the Morgan exhibit. And I'm so sorry that I missed the air hug!

PatriciaG said...

I'm loving your journal pages. You're a stealth journaller - I'm not even aware you're doing it.

Tammy Freiborg said...

We hit 103 degrees in MN. And we didn't get to close to each other - love the journal pages!

Holli said...

You crack me up!! I liked this post.... I never fail to learn something on your blog Teri....

Thauna said...

Love "The Sweat Hug"....I can't believe your temps are so high already! We've all seen some crazy weather this year. Air hugs to you!!