About two years ago, my mother-in-law gave me her copy of Christian Dior’s Dictionary of Fashion (published circa 1950). Leafing through it, I was amazed at the complicated list of fashion dos and don’ts, so important to being a well-groomed young lady.
This painting (Red Bow) was all about emphasizing the bow, while the woman and dress fade into the background. How interesting that the Bow is the star, and the woman has a supporting role.
What I did love about the book were the fashion illustrations, and the quality of the linework. While photography has replaced most of these illustrations, I do miss the artistry ever-present in these beatiful drawings.