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A Window into the Personality of a Person
Dressmaking has always been a passion of mine. I have always been fascinated by fashion and clothing; how clothing can present a window into the personality of a person and how an outfit can completely alter how one feels. I find it so difficult to pack for trips for the reason that I never know how I am going to feel when I awake!
I blame my passion for all things clothes related on my Mother, for they say; 'like mother, like daughter'.
A Passion for all Things Paisley
There is something timeless, romantic, flirty and feminine about floating paisley dresses, we cannot get enough of the big, bold prints of paisley!
Paisley makes for a refreshing look, this is a rather absurd statement of me to make when you consider that the paisley print actually originated as far back as 3000 years ago from Indo-European cultures. In Britain it is represented in Celtic art, but this disappeared after the rise of the Roman Empire. In India however it flourished in many different art forms.
The Balance Between Seduction and Comfort
One of the most recurring comments we hear has to do with that fine balance between comfort and seduction...
A lady's dressing gown has to be comfortable by creation, first and foremost; that is the whole concept of 'slipping into something comfortable,' no matter if you reach for your gown in the morning or if you slip into it in the evenings. And nothing is more comfortable than the silky feeling of luxuriant fabric protecting your delicate skin, caressing it in sensitive spots that unfortunately do not get enough attention in our day-to-day lives.
What Are Your Clothes Saying About You?
Coco Chanel not only created the fashionable and immortal suit and "little black dress" but she made women believe that they can live their own lives, they can be independent and wear clothes according to their own preferences.
So powerful was Coco Chanel's influence that today, a bottle of Chanel No. 5 is sold every 30 seconds. Now, that's influence!
Coco set out to conquer the world. She showed women they could be comfortable and still look elegant. Famous for her saying, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different," This became Coco Chanel's secret of influence to women everywhere.
It really is unclear when what we would today recognize as lace fabrics originated
However, what is known is that throughout history, as societies moved from hunting and gathering to organized agriculture several things happened pretty much universally as a result that likely led to some form of lace making.
For instance one thing that organized agriculture allowed was a more efficiency tax collection system that in turn led to a wealthier ruling class. Another group that came along with organized agricultural societies was what might best be described as a "landed upper class" and could afford to wear lace.
Now it's important to understand the importance that this group of wealthy landowners played in the advancement of fashions of the day - that most likely included lace fabrics. This is because in feudal times it was uncommon for rules both written and unwritten to be in place concerning how people in general were allowed to dress.