summer suit inspiration

i’ve finished my spring suit – i’ll put up images later – and i know what i want to do for fall, but i think for summer i may want to go with something light and transitionally edwardian like this:

it’s a portrait i got for three dollars in Lyons, Colorado,  at an antique store whose name i never got, which was staffed by the biggest asshole it’s ever been my misfortune to run into in the context of antique store staff. click for large res – the detail is fantastic. all that pintucking and ornate brushbinding!

it’s clear, too, that she’s not wearing extreme stays in the pigeonbreast, “sylphide” style, but is letting the lines of the garments form the silhouette for her. this might be because it’s transitional; there’s nothing to really suggest an emancipation waist, or that this lady was a proponent of rational dress…. but she certainly looks like a serious and sensible young woman, doesn’t she?


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