L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Evening jacket, House of Worth, circa 1890
The extraordinary design and remarkable craftsmanship of this evening jacket - jet bead embroidery on silk velvet - shows the influence of the equally elaborate men's wear of the late eighteenth century - straight front; prominent, turned back cuffs; lavish decoration; a radiating pattern to the embroidery - an influence that was very popular at the time this quite glamorous garment was produced.
Stephen O'Donnell, painter and singer/performer. A mid-career fine artist, I have been showing professionally since 1995. Married to author and graphic designer Gigi Little, with whom I occasionally perform a mother and daughter singing act, Madeleine and Penny Prévert.