Thursday, August 7, 2008

A Feather in Your Cap



Do you remember this delightful fascinator cap from Humble Bumble B we mentioned a few weeks ago? Cath wore it with much aplomb to our cousin's wedding. I can guarantee that she was the only one within 50 miles of Akron so attired.


John Singer Sargent's Madame X, and Cath in her fascinator, no-name dress, and Vera Wang shoes.

Cath bought this gorgeous dress (from the same cheesy/trashy store where I got my mondrian dress!) for about $25, with the fascinator in mind.

I didn't even recognize Cath's resemblance to Sargent's Madame X until I pulled the image into Photoshop today. It's hard to think "art! masterpiece!" when taking outfit photos in a Holiday Inn Express just north of Akron. But I'm pleased as punch that I can throw art history gibberish into our fashion blog again.
In Sargent's original portrait, Madame X's right strap was portrayed slipping off her shoulder. This was far too overt and scandalized the masses. Sargent eventually repainted the strap as you see here. Cath is obviously defying proper Victoriana decorum. Huzzah!

Madame X's presence on our blog is quite appropriate because Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau (i.e. Madame X) is from Louisiana- a true French Creole (Cath and I are technically French Creole, but AsianCreole doesn't trip off the tongue the same way). We would like to adopt this bold and daring lady as a long lost relative. Great-great-great-great-grandma X.

P.S. For those of you interested. The Mondrian Dress below is also available at F21 - thanks for the tip, Lala!

43 comments:

Anjeanette said...

It definitely takes some boldness to pull of that cap- but she does perfectly! Great dress too!

Stephanie said...

I agree with above! Bravo for pulling off that hat. :)

I took a mini fashion risk recently. I thought I'd try something out of the ordinary with my hair, so I did something very unlike me. A bowl cut. This risk lasted until today, when I then asked my mom to fix it. Bowl cut goodbye, bob with bangs and layers hello. :)

Noël said...

The fascinator is too cute! And it goes so nicely with that dress. Loves!

we wear things said...

she looks absolutely fantastic!!! i wish i could pull off that look with such perfection and grace..

-issa

Kimberly said...

Fantastic look ~ the dress and the cap are both wonderful.

Judy said...

hey, i just found your blog. she looks great in the cap; i would never think to try and pull off something like that.

enc said...

Cath looks utterly fantastic. The fit on that dress is perfect, and the fascinator sets her apart. Well done, Cath!

Cammila said...

Geeze, 40's Hollywood glamour queen feathers and sleek, Grecian style dresses! This is a downright goddessy post!

June Shin said...

I love the dress. Looks super chic!

Songy said...

fabulous! the dress is going in and out around your body in right places...

You could go for a bigger feather to create more drama I recon.

Lovely. xxx

Katie said...

gorgeous dress! yay for akron photo shoots!

glory said...

hi you look amazing i bet you stand out in that dress-hat combo.
very european...i love if you check out my blog....
saludos from mexico

Shen-Shen said...

That dress is so fucking amazing. Why the hell aren't there cheesy/trashy stores for me. WHAT THE HELL, MAN.

And where is this F21 Mondrian dress...

bonjouritsjinah said...

Oh this look is so amazing! The hat really sets it off perfectly.

kokostiletto said...

ok i am in love with that dress. i need to get it right now. and it looks so great on you!!

Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-Cath, you look absolutely gorgeous-this is a lovely dress and the fascinator compliments your outfit beautifully!!

coco said...

That hat is really cute. I love it.

luxelife said...

wow, i love it!!! cath, you look so so beautiful, and lar--i adore that you bring such culture to your blog! great job, ladies.

The Clothes Horse said...

Love the fascinator and the whole outfit. It's wonderful and I think perfect for a wedding.

Liz Blair said...

What a great outfit! I might like to try a little hat like that, but I'm not sure that I have enough hair to attach it to! The little hat reminds me a this woman, Kelsie, who is on Project Runway this season. She is a pretty young woman who looks like a 40s pinup model, and she wears these little hats, flowers and feathers on the side of her head. It realy looks great on some girls.

Elizabeth said...

I love three things about this post: 1) the spectacular ensemble, 2) the art history gibberish, 3) the fact that the picture was taken in a Holiday Inn in Akron. Nice!

Key said...

i love the portrait... really.
and also your beautiful hat and your dress.
you look great :D

ROBOTS said...

just LOVED.

lisa said...

Love the outfit!

yiqin; said...

I need to find feathers to stick on my cap too! & the dress is awesome! It reminds me of the amazing draped dresses Rami made in PR season 4!

Jill said...

Her dress is stunning, and I definetly wouldn't think you'd find such a thing in a trashy store. Love the comparison of the two lovely ladies. (Keep the art history coming!)

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

what an incredible deal! looks absolutely fantastic, i love the draping.

p said...

I've always adored Sargent's Madame X, and this is a very great piece you've put together!

Wendy said...

Oh very elegant! The dress is so Grecian.

Savvy Mode SG said...

so savvy stylish. i want the dress now and buy a hat. maybe i can wear it going to the races this summer.

i think thats hauttte said...

the headpiece looks stunning, and that's neat how you compared thedress to thepainting!

pearl said...

Modernized Madame X... nice! The draping on the dress looks great and only $25?!

WendyB said...

What a fabulous look!

this wheel's on fire said...

so beautiful!!

Amie said...

Hi girls!

I´m so bad at commenting. I love this dress, so unique! Hope you are well:)

Love Amie

Asian Models Blogger said...

Actually that is a gorgeous dress on Cath. And for $25?

Normally, I don't like "busy" stuff on dresses but this one looks pretty nice. Maybe it's because of the muted blue color.

Mimi said...

Very special hat.I like it a lot.

Bedding said...

I love the cap. Very fashionable.Paula

Terri said...

Love the cap!!! "Madame X" always reminds me of "Moulin Rouge!" :-)

Danz said...

Wow I love it! The dress, the fascinator...definitely something I would wear :)

I found out about Humble Bumble B a while ago through Threadbanger and used one of her items for a post I did about fascinators some time ago. She's really talented and her stuff is always so gorgeous!

ambika said...

ridiculously gorgeous and chic. Love it.

PAM said...

oooh that cap is amazing!!
and also that 'no named' dress!! - wonderful!

nostyleboys said...

i work at that cheesy/trashy store!
lol recognized the dress right away