Monday, June 14, 2010

Fortuny Faire

“Fashions fade style is forever” even though this quote has been attributed to several famous couturiers over the ages, from Chanel to St Laurent, it is the perfect moniker for the work of Mariano Fortuny. Fortuny’s Delphos gown is one of the most iconic designs of the millennia, and would be equally at home in ancient Greece to the far off future.

Son of a Spanish painter, Mariano Fortuny created beautiful, exotic fabrics and designs for his couture house in Venice, which transcend all barriers of fashion and are in a class of their own.

Perhaps his most famous design the Delphos gown was based on the finely pleated chitons worn by women in ancient Greece. Fortuny’s Delphos gowns are not direct copies of the Greek’s but an evolution of the design. Fortuny used very fine silk satin pleated by hand which was unlike anything seen in fashion previously, which to this day has not been reproduced successfully by others. The seams in the gowns are so tightly pleated and fine that they are difficult to detect, giving the impression that the gown is a continuous piece of fabric. This also created an incredibly subtle garment which seems almost liquid moulding the wearer’s body in sheer drop dead elegance.

Worn and coveted by some of the most famous women of last century and sure to be coveted by many more!

Kosta Faire

I love the pleasure that decorative objects bring into life whether they are functional or not. Anything from the old, the new, the conservative or the avant garde , all have a place in my life.

Glassware in particular I love and Kosta Boda from Sweden is one of my favourite manufacturers. Their pieces are superbly crafted, interesting and classic. Mini artworks within themselves.

Here are a few of my favourites!

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