Josephine's Amazing Gowns posted on March 10 2015 in 19th century fashion, Exhibitions, french embroidery, haute couture embroidery

While I was in Paris last month, I happened to hear about and catch one of the last few days of an exhibition held by the illustrious fabric house Maison Prelle on the fashions worn and favored by Napoleon's elegant first wife, Josephine.  The house is tucked discreetly above a court yard of a building off the Place des Victoires and had some of the most beautiful fabrics I've ever seen.  The objects on the special exhibition also were dazzlingly embroidered and I was particularly touched by the dedication of their unnamed creators to a high level of craftsmanship, as exemplified by one perfectly even stitch after another.  I hope you enjoy these photos!

Josephine in Jacque Louis David's painting of Napoleon's Coronation

A court gown with a lavender embroidered train

The gorgeous train

Detail

Josephine's shoes (I think)

White gowns draped with cashmere shawls with Indian motifs, deemed then the perfect accompaniment to the empire gowns

Ambiance

A final look at Josephine in the surroundings of Malmaison, her beloved estate outside of Paris

 

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Aiguille En Fete 2015!! posted on February 19 2015 in Chinese Embroidery, Exhibitions, Indian Embroidery 1 Comment

This weekend I visited Aiguille en Fete, a needlework and craft show held annually in Paris.  It was a gigantic room, full of needlework enthusiasts shopping the latest needlework supplies and kits, as well as admiring a limited exhibition of today's textile artists, with Asia being the focus this year.  Here are photos of my favorite sights from this weekend.  Hope you like them!

Embroidery of the Eiffel Tower from an embroidery firm from Agra, India

Another piece from the same Indian company

A selection of vintage Chinese children hats

An embroidered bird done in the Chinese style by Australian embroiderer Margaret Lee

Detail

The piece Margaret Lee had at her booth at the exhibition for demonstration

A horse textile/sculpture?

Cute Kits

Cute Kits

Assortment of fabric roses

Ambiance

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