The Power of Lace: Expressionism of Lace
“The latest fashion…is absolutely necessary for a painting. It’s what matters most.” -Edward Manet, 1881
Story, Film and Photos by Katrina Eugenia
Lingerie courtesy of Simone Pérèle
Flower Crown by Julie Mollo
It was refreshing to see the latest exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity, as Spring began to flirt with New York City. I walked into rooms filled with the work of impressionists who came out of Paris when the city was on the brink of blooming into the style capital of the world, as we know it to be.
It was a time when artists such as Manet, Claude Monet, and James Tissot to name a few, insisted on embracing the allure of the latest fashion trends while never loosing sight of expression, seduction, and utter richness. A good painting was said to show no brush strokes and look as realistic as possible. These parameters deflated the artist’s personality, restricted their emotions, and took away from their ability to express them selves in a unique manner. But the impressionists were radicals of their time who broke the rules of academic painting and endured the wrath of the critics for the sake of their work.
“Simone Pérèle preserves the art of every impressionist’s flower in this bra and boy short set, delivering romance in every detail.”
The relationship between fashion and art was inevitable. The subject’s attire was a vehicle used by the painters that proved integral to communication with the viewer. Their dependence on fashion was as clear as the times of day they captured. And even in the works that focused more on light rather than detail, I couldn’t help but notice the lace.
Among the fabulous gowns and accessories on display in addition to the paintings, I was immediately drawn to two exquisite French-lace sun umbrellas. Made in France during the 18th century when Chantilly Lace was most famous. The fine, abundant, detail was delicate and mesmerizing. Later I would learn that it was Napoleon I who sponsored revivals of Chantilly Lace, somewhere around 1804-1815, setting it on a path to be more evolved and popular by the turn of the century.
I knew I had a thing for Kings. I couldn’t resist from snapping a quick iphone shot, knowing I would have to succumb to the stern, irritating voice of the security guard. “Miss, no pictures. Photography is prohibited in this exhibition.” But I just had to get the picture, as I was immediately reminded of Simone Pérèle’s French Chantilly Lace that was currently under my blouse. Should I show him? Probably not. Should I tell him? I silently dazed at his uniform and spoke internally, But I’m wearing a French bra!!!! I was too hung over from a party the night before to even attempt to explain to this man exactly what The Power of Lace was, and why I needed the photo for my readers. So I tucked my phone away and carried on, satisfied with the couple quick shots I managed to grab. There is nothing in the world that gets under my skin like employed authority. Nothing.
The Celeste Contour Lace Cup made me feel like I was in the club as I walked around the exhibition admiring the impressionist’s work and circling the encased gowns. The vibrancy of it’s papaya color looked straight out of Monet’s bold palette. And for those of you who have a larger chest like me, the bra only comes with padding through a C-cup, saving us the trouble of looking even larger.
All things considered, I wear the Caressence 3D plunge bra the most frequently of the three sets I have had the pleasure of experiencing. It embodies the perfect amount of lace to accent a tee shirt bra while not taking away from the comfort, or clean silhouette. But most of all, I am madly in love with this bra for its ability to condition and nourish my skin. This 3D plunge is infused with Aloe Vera, and the softness will last you the lifetime of the bra. I’m officially sold.
“I thought about how it felt ever so fitting to be wearing the seductive Amour Simone Pérèle set to the flower show.”
All things considered, it was the Amour Demi Cup that stole my heart, or my chest rather. This snow-white bra was made from a rare, ancient form of lace making somewhere in the heart of France. Simone Pérèle preserves the art of every impressionist’s flower in this bra and boy short set, delivering romance in every detail. It embodies a similar seduction to that of oil paint and the detail is surreal.
A few days later I found myself at Macy’s Flower Show, wearing the Amour set. The display of live flowers Macy’s put up was outrageous and magical. It reminded me of Monet’s garden as I walked through rooms filled with luscious petals and greenery.
“Monet would have loved Macy’s Flower Show,” I said to my boyfriend, Buffalo, with the smile of a kid at Disneyworld spread across my face. I had insisted he take me to Macy’s to see the flowers when I read about it in the paper a few days before. He is a good boyfriend. I thought about how it felt ever so fitting to be wearing the seductive Amour Simone Pérèle set to the flower show.
“Monet would have loved my bra too”
“Monet would have loved my bra too,” I nodded in assurance to Buffalo, “If he came back to life, or if I meet him in heaven, I would lift up my shirt and show him my lacy flowers.”
Buffalo looked at me, debating what he thought of that. He smiled politely, “If Monet comes back to life, or if you meet him in heaven, you can have a pass.”
We both giggled at the thought, pleasantly dazed by the leisurely pace of a Sunday surrounded by flowers on 34th street.
Thinking back to the show at the MET, there was one particular painting that resonated with me long after I had left, Le Cercle De La Rue Royale. Given my preference of subject for my work, it is no surprise, as the painting is a portrait of the members of a male club founded in 1852. James Tissot captures the arrogance and exclusivity of the men perfectly.
“They say gentlemen prefer blondes, but I would argue that gentlemen prefer lace.”
Staring into the giant painting, my feet planted on the marble floor, I couldn’t help but imagine what fun it would have been to be in that room with my camera. And while it may have proven difficult to photograph them while wearing a constricting corset and 400 pounds of fabric, I am sure I would have managed. After all, I am always up for a challenge to achieve the perfect shot. Tissot gives special attention to their taste in clothes, capturing the aristocracy of the 1860’s. If a photograph can say a thousand words, this painting says a million. I adored the painting so much, that I decided to incorporate it into the imagery for this column. They say gentlemen prefer blondes, but I would argue that gentlemen prefer lace.
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