Monday, November 7, 2016

Erte and how to wear a long rectangle scarf

Who am I??

I’m Jill and I’m way past 50!
Fashion has always been a large part of my life. I began sewing when I was twelve and finished as a community college adjunct professor in their Fashion Program.
I’ve always been aware of the latest trends. I wore the mini skirts, hot pants, bell bottoms and granny dresses of the 70’s and continued to wear every new fashion trend until I realized that as I’ve grown older, I need to be more selective, completely eliminating some trends and altering others.
I’m not a model, but I am an educator. My goal in writing this Blog is to share some fashion concepts, help us better understand what we can do to look our best and BE our best.
I hope that I never grow so old that I lose my enthusiasm for Fashion! After all……………..Fashion is what separates us from the rest of the Animal Kingdom!

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I'm in my scarf drawer today.  And I pulled out one of my favorites.  
This is a 100% silk painted and signed by the artist, Erte.  It was a gift many years ago and a cherished accessory.  
I like wearing it knotted at my neck and left to hang in a way that the design may be seen.  This is from his alphabet collection, the letter "L"



Erte was  a Russian-born artist whose unique talent was recognized by the city's most established couturiers when he moved to Paris in 1912 at the age of 20.
The art movement of the day was known as "Art Deco" and Erte not only painted, but created original costume and fashion designs for many of the era's renowned screen actresses.  He also created stage designs for productions at such venues as the Paris Opera , Folies-Bergeres and Radio City Music Hall.


This is the tag attached to the scarf.  Notice the hand stitched rolled hem.


I also have the letter T 





I love wearing this piece of art.  It gives me a feeling of elegance .... privileged to be part of a by gone era represented by luxury and glamour.  



Pants are from Chico's

Sweater from Macy's

Sweater from Lord & Taylor



"Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future."
Coco Chanel



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