Paris In 2019!

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We’re hard at work planning our schedule for 2019 and we’ve always wanted to make a pilgrimage to Paris, the home of fashion and in 2019 it looks like we’re going to have our chance. Yes, you heard right! Lily Absinthe is off to Paris in February 2019! Now, we admit that weather-wise, Paris is not the best in February but we’re willing to take a chance, especially since we’re planning an itinerary that will keep us mostly inside. First on the list, of course, is a visit to the gravesites of those two fashion luminaries Paul Poiret and Charles Frederick Worth! 🙂 Stay tuned for more details!

Monday In LA…

We were greeted this morning by a visit from one of the local coyotes who decided to see what we’ve been up to. We’ve been a bit silent here as we make some improvements in the layout of the atelier and catch up on some long-overdue garden work. But never fear, we’ll be back so stay tuned! Hmmm…coyotes are not what we would consider to be connoisseurs of couture but one never knows… 🙂

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And We’re Doing It Again- Off To Bath For 2019

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We had such a good time at the 2018 Prior Attire Victorian Ball in Bath, England that we’re doing it again in 2019! We’ve already secured out tickets and made reservations on Air New Zealand (highly recommended). Sponsored by Prior Attire, a reproduction garment maker in England, the ball is scheduled for May 5, 2019 and will be held at the Bath Assembly Rooms which is a fantastic venue for a ball. We will also be spending some time in London, touring museums and looking for fabrics (and anything else that strikes our fancy).

 

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It promises to be an excellent time and we’re looking forward to being able to take the waters at Bath again (well, maybe we’ll settle for tea…) and of course we’ll be designing new  outfits- stay tuned for more! 🙂

Bridesmaid Dresses…

Bridesmaid dresses have been a staple of weddings for over 100 years and even today are a fixture for most weddings. For the typical wedding involving two or more bridesmaids, it is standard for the bridesmaids to be wearing dresses of a uniform style and color, thereby providing a canvas for the the bride to show brightly (after all, it is HER day… 🙂 ). However, the bridesmaid dress is often of a style that pleases nobody and in recent years there’s been a lot of resistance to the idea to the point where they’re being dispensed with for some.

Throughout the 19th and early 20th Centuries, wedding customs evevolved and by the early 1900s, the typical wedding that we know today had taken form to include the distinct bridesmaid dress. Here are some examples:

Wedding Party c. 1900

Judging from the dress and hat styles, this was probably taken sometime around 1910 or so and what’s striking about it is that the bridesmaid dresses s are fairly uniform. While they appear to be of one style and made from the same material, there are variations in the trim on each woman’s skirt.

And here’s a few more from roughly the same time:

Victorian wedding group by lovedaylemon, via Flickr

In this picture, the bride is almost indistinguishable from the bridesmaids except for the hat.

It’s an interesting to see that uniform bridesmaid dresses were a thing a hundred years ago. In future posts, we’ll look a little further back so stay tuned! 🙂

And We’re Back…

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After a hectic weekend at No. 11, we’re back in LA catching up on things. Angus is happy that the long car ride is over and he’s rolling around on his Mid Century white shag carpeting. In the meantime, we’re getting organized for summer although the gloomy cool weather would seem to suggest otherwise… 🙂 Anyway, stay tuned for more in the near future!