The Blue Kimono by William Merritt Chase, 1898. Courtesy of the Parrish Museum.
I’ve always hated wearing clothes around the house. My husband thinks it’s odd that I immediately put pajamas when I step foot in the apartment, but why where street clothes when flannel bottoms or whispy nightgowns are so much more comfortable. Today, as I’m drinking tea and nursing an injured ankle and crampy stomach, however, I long for something in between. Like a kimono, which became the height of fashion for a certain kind of European or American woman in the late 19th century, after Japan finally opened opened its doors to trade. (The wealthy bohemian art patroness, that is.) Indeed, the idea of “loungewear” seems to have disappeared entirely, with people either wearing jeans or sweatpants to lay about the house. Well, I’m bringing it back!
The full lingerie set for the Rijksstudio project in collaboration with @etsy and @rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The museum has digitally photographed and uploaded a large part of their collection, which is now available online for public use. They decided to collaborate with five Etsy artists from around the world to show examples of how these images could be used. I was asked to create a lingerie set. I cheated a bit and also made a silk/fringe kimono cardigan…
For now this lingerie set will only exist in the museum, but I will be launching a capsule collection of 3 lingerie sets and 3 coordinating kimonos, using art from the Rijksmuseum, this spring!
Happy birthday Henri Matisse! The model for this composition was Lydia Delectorskaya, a beautiful young Russian émigré who worked closely with Henri Matisse (1869-1954) during the last twenty years of his life. Delectorskaya designed the dress shown here after Matisse purchased the sumptuous violet-blue fabric in Paris. What will you wear this New Year’s Eve?
See this painting in Gallery 169, Modern and Contemporary Art, on the first floor.
”Woman in Blue,” 1937, by Henri Matisse © Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Pablo Picasso’s Christmas bullfighter-lumberjack outfit is everything.