shantung silk


There are a lot of things to cover here.

First of all, that hat. There’s some sort of embroidered atomic compass emblem in the middle, and it may be the kind of hat that has snaps in the back (God willing). This isn’t the first time I’ve seen that hat. But it’s clearly a favourite to wear with this light blue shantung silk blouse, navy weekend blazer coat, slip-on platform peep-toe shoe clogs, and, naturally, oval tinted glassesAlso, a royal blue satin handbag. Not sure if I prefer it to the one from this look, but it’s kind of a different setting. Edit: Oh wait, no, IT’S ANOTHER HAT.

As an added bonus I would like everyone to notice that all the visually similar images to the full-length shot are RUNWAY LOOKS. 

I rest my case.

Marian Anderson Sings at the Lincoln Memorial

Photo: American contralto Marian Anderson performs in front of 75,000 spectators in Potomac Park. Finnish accompanist Kosti Vehanen is on the piano.

“She carried herself in the way she wanted to be seen.“ - Dwandalyn Reece, Curator of Music and Performing Arts, NMAAHC 

Marian Anderson was the first African American soloist to sing at the New York Metropolitan Opera on January 7, 1955. During her long career, Anderson broke many barriers as an African American opera singer, and was often denied performance venues due to racial segregation during the mid-twentieth century. #OnThisDay in 1939, Anderson famously sung on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to a crowd of over 75,000 people, when she was denied permission to sing at Constitution Hall.

Photo: Shantung silk jacket (redesigned in 1993) and black velvet skirt worn by Marian Anderson. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Ginette DePreist in memory of James DePreist.

Learn more about Anderson’s historic moment and the artifacts in our collection:  

Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea at L'École with sculpture in “Interpretation of Dreams” for Town & Country, April 2014. Photograph by Raymond Meier.

“Seat to history. Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea at L'École des Beaux-Arts in Paris’s 6th Arrondissement. Schiaparelli Haute Couture silk charmeuse dress and silk shantung jacket lined with ostrich feathers; Ted Muehling bronze branch pin with black pearls ($1,200); Amedeo cameon ring with peridot ($1,540); Les Chaussons de la Belle pointed mules ($540).”


Here are some new fabrics I’ve recently added to my collection! 

I’ve mentioned it on wordpress, but i’ve sort of been in this sewing rut where i’m not very motivated or excited about my projects. This happens to me a couple times a year and it’s really frustrating. But I finally feel some enthusiasm towards sewing again and I have some fun things planned for these materials!

The top picture is satin faced chiffon and embroidered lace. These will be paired with taffeta and jacquard to make up an 1880′s evening dress. The middle fabrics are a floral satin (that was a dollar a yard) and silk dupioni, which will hopefully become an 18th century court gown. The final photo is a silk shantung with velvet flocking which will be paired with black micro velvet.

I also got some yellow taffeta for an1890′s dress, and a striped taffeta for another 18th century dress. And both of those will be based on dresses i’ve tried (and failed) to make before!

Guess who’s coming for dinner?

In a button-up shirt, relaxed poly-blend pants, square-toed shoes, and a rich chocolate brown shantung silk single-breasted dress blazer, accessorized with a nylon handbag, oval glasses and A SCRUNCHIE, GIllian is, as always, in it to win it. 

Cate Blanchett, for her part, is not to be outdone, and is ready to rumble in a longline leather coat and leather pants

Simone D’Aillencourt with artwork passing in dress by Simonetta Fabiani, Rome. Vogue, April 20, 1960. Photo William Klein.

Simonetta’s youthful style held a special appeal, especially in the buoyant silk cocktail dresses, elegant debutante dresses, and ball gowns she created in the 1950s, with their emphasis on the bust. Her youthful sportswear included a two-part playsuit with cummerbund and bloomer shorts while her more grown up fashion was headed by a silk shantung dress-suit with tiered collar.

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“No plan survives contact with the enemy.”

– NICO –

Nico stood under a crystal chandelier in one of the ballrooms of The Principia. He held a glass of red wine in one hand, and the other pinched the bridge of his nose as he tried to decide if there was an inconspicuous corner he could hide in.

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Model has picked her books and is ready to read. Library-themed catalogue shoot, Anthropologie, Autumn 2004.

Cheshire sweater this sweetly abbreviated shape tricks the eye, tailored to a sweater with a coordinating knit collar and french cuffs… $78. Ribbon rose skirt fine silk shantung is beaded by hand with tiny pearlescent baubles… $188.