One of the things I love to do when visiting the great museums around the world, is to photograph how painters have indicated the sheen, draping and embellishments of fabric in portraits.
The lavish gowns of the wealthy and powerful women give us clues about the fabrics that were available during a certain time period, and therefore the history of the fabrics we work with today.
During my visit to the Metropolitan Art Museum in NYC last week, I was following Sophie has she followed her interests through the galleries, when a group of portraits caught my eye...and my camera.
This collage is centered around a detail from a painting by Joseph Duplessis. The sitter is wearing a delicate white brocade corset and lace overdress, with a gleaming Blush Pink satin ribbon. You can see the full portrait of Madame de Saint-Maurice here.
Joseph the artist spent some time in Lyon, which was a major center for silk jacquard production in France at that time. If you examine his other works, you will realize they look very familiar... he painted the famous portrait of Benjamin Franklin that we see on the US hundred dollar bill.
Our collage above has a grouping of florals and French-inspired designs, in similar Blush-Pink hues. Click here to see these and other coordinating fabrics.
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