Friday, April 5, 2013

A White Summer Day Dress

From author Isabella Bradford:
James Tissot (1836-1902) enjoyed painting beautiful women, and lavished much care on the details of their clothing. (I've shared another of his paintings here.) White cotton batiste dresses were popular for summer day-wear in the late 1870s, the feminine light fabric showing off the endless ruffles, tucks, and gathers that embellished the bustled gowns. In these two paintings, hung side by side in the exhibition, Tissot painted the same dress to very different effect. (Read entire post.)
Via Susan Holloway Scott.


1 comment:

julygirl said...

Lovely....those were the days. Certainly beats the Levi's sweatshirt and grungy shoes look.