Monday, August 29, 2016

LA DAME DE COIMBRA

LA DAME DE COIMBRA
Piece Unique
Hand-sewn

// Sold Out //

In memory of the Roman Cathedral and Cloister in Coimbra ( Portugal )
A dress for a Dame from another age ....


Beautiful antique lace on this dress , some are more than 100 years old.
The lace with fringes I used to create the capelet , comes from Belgium .
It is a vintage lace , perhaps from 1940s or early 1950s.


The capelet is closed by 2 long bead strings .
These beads are vintage , from 1930s.
They were produced by "Les émaux de Briare" in France .
They come from an old Rosary factory stock .


I think the lace for the capelet is in linen ( Belgium was a big producer of linen )
I hand-dyed this panel with tea , as all the others fabrics / lace .


Under the capelet , the dress , with a semicircle "English pointwork" cotton panel ,
bordered with ribbon and finest lace. Early 20th Century.



The dress , with raw edges , is in cotton veil, partially covered by tulle.
Because the 2 fabrics are thin , the dress is a little transparent .
It is necessary to wear it with a base / slip dress.
A lingerie style can be a perfect match .


The tulle is closed on the back , by a string tulle knotted


The front dress :


Shoulders straps in vintage cotton , or linen lace .
The magnificent oval panel is dating late 19th Century / early 20th Century .
The name of this crocheted lace is "Irish lace" , it embodies  the Art Nouveau style with its flower motives 
On the bottom of this lace , I fixed 2 lace silk panel with fringes , from 1920s . 
They come from children communion ribbons ( they were worn on the arm ) .
I ornate them with the vintage Rosary beads .


Raw edges from the cotton dress , sewn with the vintage Rosary beads :




The Roman Cathedral and Cloister in Coimbra:





INFORMATIONS :
Colors and Light may vary depending your screen.
Sometimes marking , irregularities or imperfect embroideries , condition maybe apparent .
This should not be considered as imperfection and are the characteristic of vintage materials.

Thank you for your visit and interest in my work

Jenny Eve / Jevda