Elegance in White

Illustration from a card in my personal collection

I got this Christmas card several years ago from a friend, and loved the image so much that I kept it.  The original was published in the French fashion magazine, Art, Gout, Beaute sometime in the 1920s, probably 1924 or 25, when white was having a major fashion moment.  The little touches of red and blue help keep her from blending in with the snow.

White comes and goes as a winter color, but it is always a creamy white that seems to be popular in the colder months.  A pure white just looks cold, and isn’t seen as much except maybe in velvet.  One of my first “sophisticated” dresses was made from winter white wool jersey.  I was about 14 or 15, and I felt like Francoise Hardy wearing it!


Posted by missvintagelove:

I love it!:)

Sunday, November 30th 2008 @ 6:12 PM

Posted by Lisa:

I LOVE that illustration! My first fashion purchase after graduating nursing school was a wool winter white coat. I loved that thing to death, except when I had to scrape the snow off my car, and it got so dirty.

Sunday, November 30th 2008 @ 6:36 PM

Posted by Maggie:

I love the illustration that inspired you – would that I could look so poised and elegant while standing on skates!

Monday, December 1st 2008 @ 12:21 PM

Posted by Penny:

that illustration is so beautiful!

Tuesday, December 2nd 2008 @ 7:39 AM


Filed under Holidays, Sportswear, Winter Sports

3 responses to “Elegance in White

  1. Such a gorgeous illustration!
    I’m horrible with white clothing but I do adore warm white woolies.


  2. Jen

    What a beautiful illustration! I’m so glad you saved it. It’s lovely indeed.


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