Happy Friday everyone. I hope you are having a better day than me so far. I'm currently dealing with a leaking water heater that's flooded a portion of our basement. I've gotten the pool of water under control and while I eagerly await the plumbers I thought it might be nice to escape into the lala land that is the work of legendary Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani. While he isn't my most favorite designer of all time, during his life Valentino produced some of the worlds most stunning garments. He truly met the definition of haute couture in that his designs were often so elaborate and impractical to produce, requiring an immense amount of labor to create. They are truly art pieces. Here is a sampling of some of his most dramatic creations.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
I've always loved the designs of Christian Dior. The 1947 "New Look" blew my young mind the first time I saw it. I recently came across some wonderful vintage Life Magazine photographs of the designer and some of his stunning work, and I just had to share them!
|Dior in his work room in 1947|
|Designs from 1957|
|1954, outside a Paris cafe a model wears matching check coat and spats|
|tailored wool day dress, year unknown|
|Dior in his work room with assistant preparing for the spring 1957 collection|
|A classic Dior suit from 1951|
|Dior models pose outside the Kremlin, 1959|
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
It's a new year and I'm finding myself unusually unfocused today. I just can't seem to find my creative inspiration. Maybe it's just the unwind from all the holiday parties. Maybe it's because once again, it's gloomy and snowy outside my window. In any case here are some random bits of wedding prettiness to brighten your Monday.