My niece, Sarah, is in the second year of her MFA studies in textile design at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.
This week I was delighted to receive some pictures from Sarah showing her hard at work as a Curatorial Assistant in the renown Costume and Textile department of the RISD museum. Of course being hard at work presupposes that you find working with beautiful clothes quite exhausting.
Sarah adjusting the sleeve of a Balmain coat.
Sarah says that this coat is not the most
beautiful thing that she has seen in the
Sarah also sent along these pictures
of trims and ribbons.
She was treated to a viewing of the museum's entire
portfolio of European embroidered pieces.
They are mostly 17th century French.
Not exactly 17th century, but more like 1960s,
is this Dior gold velour hat that I came
across at Edith Machinist, a vintage
store in my neighborhood.
I love the way the ribbon pieces are over-stitched on the velour.
And don't you simply adore the way they exit in gay profusion
the gold ribbon tied round the hat?
No, I did not buy it. Too small.
But I will steal the idea for one of my own hats!
A beribboned bonnet from Austria, ca. 1841/48.