Wednesday, January 20, 2010

This wavy ocean dress has already been snapped up by some lucky person. But it haunts me, so I had to keep a photo, and post and write a bit about it. The seller is Advintageous on etsy, and there are many other lovely things to see at the shop. Like this delicious powder blue turn table.

There are so many things to love about this dress. First is the very nice reworking of Hokusai's The Great Wave off Kanagawa, denuded of its tiny boats, reduced to its stronger lines and turned into a repeat print. Next, the use of color is truly fetching. Referencing the use of indigo dye in Japanese noren (fabric room dividers, often used in shop doorways), the royal blue and white really pop. Then there are the slits in the 3/4 sleeves and the long A-line skirt. Not to mention that I have an obsession with Hokusai in general, and this woodblock color print in particular. I can't think of what could have possibly kept me from buying this one, except perhaps the fact that I cannot fit another thing in my closet. (And that's after I removed about 2 huge trash bags worth of evening wear that must be sold.) Then there was the fact that it was a rather long dress in terms of inches of fabric, better to be enjoyed by a tall woman than cut down for my Liliputian height.

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