My friend and I hit up the entirely awesome Fashion and Impressionism exhibit at the local Art Museum – I so wish I could share pictures, but cameras weren’t allowed. The art was great, but I really, really loved the 19th century dresses and accessories, which were just exquisite.
I read a lot of historical fiction, and I know about intricate jet beading, but it is something else entirely to SEE all those tiny beads sewn in. My favorite was a red dress with golden jet beads in chain shapes running along the bodice and skirt – I bought the magnet.
Of course, a trip to the city is not complete without a stop at the big anthropologie. This dress caught my eye quickly:
It’s the Laser Cut Fleur-de-Lys Sheath. The skirt is fascinating, with the cut outs and side ruching. I promised myself I would try it on if I found something else I wanted, too, because I was curious about what the elastic sides would look like but wasn’t all that invested since it’s a $200 dress that I can’t afford. And then I entirely forgot about it because I hit the sale room and found a size Cherry Drop Sheath.
And it is not the dress for me. 😦 It looks amazing sitting down, I will give it that. But the top was big (very roomy between me and the strap and the waistband sagged) and it accentuated tummy and thighs. The salesladies assured me that it wasn’t too small, but I just felt uncomfortable. Again, better foundation garments could help the tummy, and it certainly wasn’t so tight that I couldn’t walk, sit or breathe. It just wasn’t made for my shape. SIGH. Better to know, I suppose.
I’m still intrigued by that laser cut dress, though. Maybe next time.