May 29, 2011 § 1 Comment
Pearls are incredible. I have been obsessed with pearls since I was about 12 years old. I went to Nantucket one summer, with a friends family and we stayed in a little bed and breakfast. They had gobs and gobs of books stuffed around the room and one of them had a book of Victorian portraits. One picture in particular I shall never forget. It was a portrait of a young women. She was sitting in a chair dressed all in white, tiny cinched in waist, volumes of silk spilling out down the chair onto the floor and she was literally dripping in pearls. We counted something like 30 rows pearls around her neck alone, and then about 40 more, some of the strands reaching the floor. It was awe-inspiring. Since then, I have been fascinated by pearls. They are perfectly imperfect, each one slightly different. I love them all, fresh water, salt water, cultured, natural,baroque, pale pink, ivory, dove grey, the whole spectrum. they are luminous, these little tiny moons captured on a string. A very dear and dapper friend of my mine, Peter Max Lawrence had worn pearls for years, and they always are a show-stopper. I would like to know what it must feel like, to be dripping in pearls. So, I have begun incorporating my own version into this idea into one of the costumes…A big shout out to Angela Ellsworth’s stunning pearl encrusted bonnets. Check out her video,it is amazing.
How could I forget this pearl encrusted video by Bjork, forgive me.