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Silk evening dress, British, ca 1860-64. Low body, deep front point; double short sleeve; bertha; box pleats and directional pleats in skirt. Trim is box pleated ruched ribbon between a blonde lace and a black lace; singular on bertha and sleeves, doubled on skirt. MET
Fringed silk shawl, probably French, 1840-49. This shawl interestingly combines a woven pattern and printed pattern, incorporating both Eastern and Western aesthetic sensibilities. The shawl held a place as a high fashion accessory for a relatively large period between the end of the 18th century to the 1870s. These objects were hand woven and extremely costly which inspired European manufacturers to attempt to produce cheaper copies for the masses.
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Princess Marthe-Lucile Bibesco by Boldini.1911. Princess, author, and toast of Belle Epoque Paris. She had relationships, some romantic, with heads of state, including Churchill, and de Gaulle. Became a stateswoman for Romania and died in Paris at 82.