Tissot- For Artistic Inspiration

Today we offer a little artistic inspiration by way of this portrait of the Princesse de Broglie that was painted by James Tissot in 1895:

James Tissot, The Princesse de Broglie, 1895

The first thing that caught our eye was Tissot’s use of analogous colors with shades of green on the cape and shades of yellow on the dress. The green colors on the cape are especially interesting in that we see shades of color accentuated by various textures: light green feathers for trim, slightly darker green on the pleated silk collar, and a variegated fashion fabric of gold and green. The overall effect is amazing. The evening dress the sitter is wearing definitely takes second place with a yellow fashion fabric trimmed with a darker yellow on the hem, collar, and belt.  Finally, to tie it all together, there’s a choker collar of dark blue with gold that immediately draws the eye to the sitter’s face. Tissot has done a brilliant job here and one can almost feel a visual harmony of coolness, evoking a sense of spring and summer and some reason our minds are drawn to Monet’s home at Giverny…

 

In terms of garments, greens have always been a favorite with us and many of our designs have incorporated similar colors:

We have by no means exhausted the design possibilities using these colors and anticipate creating more designs in the future. 🙂



And For Some Artistic Inspiration…

Today we offer a little artistic inspiration by way of this portrait of the Princesse de Broglie that was painted by James Tissot in 1895:

James Tissot, The Princesse de Broglie, 1895

The first thing that caught our eye was Tissot’s use of analogous colors with shades of green on the cape and shades of yellow on the dress. The green colors on the cape are especially interesting in that we see shades of color accentuated by various textures: light green feathers for trim, slightly darker green on the pleated silk collar, and a variegated fashion fabric of gold and green. The overall effect is amazing. The evening dress the sitter is wearing definitely takes second place with a yellow fashion fabric trimmed with a darker yellow on the hem, collar, and belt.  Finally, to tie it all together, there’s a choker collar of dark blue with gold that immediately draws the eye to the sitter’s face. Tissot has done a brilliant job here and one can almost feel a visual harmony of coolness, evoking a sense of spring and summer and some reason our minds are drawn to Monet’s home at Giverny…

 

In terms of garments, greens have always been a favorite with us and many of our designs have incorporated similar colors:

We have by no means exhausted the design possibilities using these colors and anticipate creating more designs in the future. 🙂



From Inspiration To The Dress…

Here’s a preview of one of our current designs under construction, inspired, in part, by the Agapanthus in my garden.  Periwinkle is one of my favorite colors, it reminds me of the cool shade of summer. I dyed to match this cotton batiste and silk to match my herd of Agapanthus, perfect for a floaty bustle gown!

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Style-wise, this day dress is about circa 1877 and is pattern off of some original garments in our collection. Constructed of a light cotton, this is intended for wear at a picnic or other outdoor occasion.

Karin Day Dress

Yes, I DO work in colors other than chartreuse…

Three rows of knife pleating along the hem combined with a little white lace and black velvet accents…

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Of course, one can never have too many knife pleating… 🙂

Karin Day Dress

And our creative consultant Angus the Dog Man poses the minute I start taking dress photos. Seriously, little dude…I’ll take you outside, just give me a minute… 🙂

Working with color can inspire or depress an artist but in this case, this periwinkle has enchanted me, I never get tired of Tissot-inspired gowns. 🙂 Next up is the bodice…stay tuned!