Sunday, 28 September 2014

Never out of Fashion No 2

Polka dots - previously there was Lace shoes

Polka dots have been fashionable since the 1840s when the polka craze swept Europe and in the typical way of advertising everything possible was connected to the new fashion.

Worth 1880s

German 1926

French late 1920s

Mainbocher 1932

Katherine Hepburn in Woman of the Year 1942

Lanvin 1949

Gres 1953

Lanvin Castillo 1956

American import 1961

The Who c1965

Biba 1972

Balmain 1987

Yves Saint Laurent 1992

Moschino 1995

Valentino 2001

Monica Belucci in Tatler (Russia) December 2011

Miu Miu 2013

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Inspiration 1948: Molyneux

Molyneux wool tartan dress with little fringed hem

Scanned from Country Life February 27th 1948

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Velvet Bolero & Evening Bag 1950

Sew a matching bolero and bag from Everywoman magazine December 1950

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Scampston Gardens and Park

Scampston Hall is an 18th century country house set in park land designed by Capability Brown. It is famous for it's modern garden designed by Piet Oudolf in 1999.
The garden is set within a large brick walled enclosure first developed in the mid 1700s and is divided into rooms some with flowers and grasses others purely green.
The park is extensive and has a small cascade and lakeside walk, an ice house and Palladian bridge

The hall from the parterre

The park

The hall from the park

The lake covered in water lilies

The silent garden

The perennial meadow

Clipped yew in the serpentine garden