Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Even More Fine Examples of Extant Costuming

I have to remark on the thoughtfulness put into each of the vetements featured here - the construction, the design detail, the fabric choices, and the time it has taken very skilled hands to construct these. Those of us who sew our own garments (or garments for others) have little difficulty understanding and appreciating the time and skill needed to create a wearable piece of art. I am particularity curious about the Romanian folk ensemble (featured last). Here the colors, fabric, and decoration (aside from being magnificent) have significant cultural meaning, which I'd like to know more about. I am amazed by the hand embroidery and appliqué on the vest - very pretty. 

Blessings and happy sewing!

1). Black silk and velvet Elizabethan costume, circa 1890-1909. Metropolitan Museum of Art





2). Ming dynasty warrior costume made of silk, metallic thread, metal, and glass, circa 1770-1790. Metropolitan Museum of Art




3). Multicolor costume silk, lace, cotton, and metal by Maison E. Devause, circa 1880. Metropolitan Museum of Art




 




 4.) Red silk and metallic trimmed Elizabethan costume, circa 1890. Metropolitan Museum of Art





5). Romanian folk costume made of silk, cotton, wool, and metal, circa 1870-1880. Metropolitan Museum of Art

 



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