Saturday, April 22, 2006
The first day of my vacation and long deserved break from the studio was warm and sunnyu for driving and we hit the Philadephia Museum of Art, . I had wanted to see a small exhibition of 18th & 19th century dresses, corsets and accessories but when 'he who must be obeyed' (just kidding!) went off to view the Andrew Wyeth collection I went with. I'm so glad I did, what an experience and of course, with the self guieded tour headsets I learned a lot about the artist who's paintings really make you think and wonder what was going on in his head.
I managed to take a few pics (sans flash of course) of some of the pieces in the 'From Roccoco to Romance' room, above is a corset, and felt so glad that my 21st century attire doesn't dictate how I move, stand or whether I breathe or eat! The fabrics used in the dresses saw were beautiful: French brocade silk, roller printed cotton and cotton organza. The puffed sleeve supports must have been a pain on a hot day.
Finally I got to see Princess Grace's wedding dress and two of the dresses for the fower girls and bridesmades, all from her 1956 wedding. I had actually never seen an image of the back and didn't realize it was split with lace and bows as accent.
Now on to more mundane things.... driving to the beach!!!