The varieties of plant forms and flowers represented, their naturalism and the three-dimensionality set this extraordinary example of Irish crochet lace apart from the more static designs of later examples
One of the most original Art Nouveau designers, Hector Guimard turned his hand to a wide range of projects. This silk panel, possibly designed as an insert for the bodice of a dress, recalls his innovative designs for ironwork used at the entrances to the Paris Métro
Fortuny's artist-father created with access to an aficionado's collection of diverse historicist and exotic objects. He collected North-African textiles and costume and used them as studio props. The younger Fortuny continued the life of such objects in what he characterized as his inventions, a science applied to dress
Hanae Mori | Evening ensemble | Japanese | The Met
Evening ensemble ~ designed by Japanese designer, Hanae Mori. This confection consists of a V-neck, silk shift. The sheer rayon confection is hand dyed with an Asian-inspired floral pattern ~ block colors of raspberry pink, deep forest green, watermelon red, and blueberry. The long sleeves flare out into a exaggerated ruffled hemline.
Lewis Carroll | Flora Rankin, Irene MacDonald, and Mary Josephine MacDonald at Elm Lodge | The Met
Irene and Mary MacDonald were two of the five children of Scottish novelist and poet George MacDonald. Carroll was a friend of the family, and the children affectionately called him "Uncle." It was the MacDonalds to whom he read the manuscript of The Adventures of Alice and who urged him to publish the work