Caution: visual inspiration heavy post. Enjoy!
I hope everyone’s weekend was as relaxing and fun as you would have wished it to be. As for mine, well, it was simply full of wonders and beauty for we went to the Russian Opera Costumes Exhibition at the National Museum of Art in Bucharest. And what a delight it was!
Flora and fauna embroidery, ruby velvet, turquoise wool, gold leather, sequins ans beads and pearls, silver rain drops, gold buttons, reds and blues, brightly colored geometric patterns, hand painted natural cotton, an incredibly bold pattern mix, fur trimmings, white silk … is was all simply a feast for the eyes!
Still, as impressed as I was by the detailed craftsmanship and the beauty of the textiles, it was the Slavic folklore that stole my heart. More specifically, Snegurochka, a Russian opera written by composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, after a play by play by Nikolayevich Ostrovsky. This beautiful love story is centered around the Snow Maiden, the child of Bonny Spring and Grandfather Frost, who wanting to join mankind falls in love with the songs of a shepherd. Yet as love and warmth take over her frozen heart, so she finds her end, and floats to Heaven in a vapour. If you wish to do so, do read more about it here and here.
And as today is the 10th of January, I can’t help but think of the passing of our own fashion maiden, Coco Chanel. She will forever be remembered.
Day Birger et Mikkelsen Lace Dress
Day Birger et Mikkelsen Safety Pins Jacket
Victoria’s Secret Leopard Jacket
Vintage Snake Belt
Victoria’s Secret Ring
Chanel Pre-Fall 2009 Embelished Tights
Fendi Black and Gold Pumps
Make-up using MAC & Lancome, and this video tutorial
Although we couldn’t photograph the actual costumes being exhibited, there was a small section where we were allowed to take photos of some of the prints and interact with the exhibits.
one very inspiring pattern mix
intricate prints
and detailed embellishments
with beautiful textures