Party Like It's 1899 !

With a return to long dresses (albeit deflated), and an exhaustion of all other eras of dressing,

the turn of the (20th) century

looks fresher than ever.

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The Original: Claude Monet

hit the nail on the head with his picturesque immortalization of the woman with a straw hat and blue scarf.

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The Modern Take: Airy Chiffon & Straw Hat

This airy chiffon dress and straw hat craves (aside from a nod to the 70's) a pastoral scene and petite garden path, much like the Claude Monet painting, below.

 

Inspired by: Pastoral Scene by Claude Monet

Deflate these dresses just a bit and tousle the hair, and this could be today's Central Park.

 

There may be nothing more feminine than 

yards upon yards of fabric, billowed underneath a pretty dame.

Jessica Stam (left) demonstrates a modern version of this phenomenon  

Yards of excess

Paintings (right and below) by John Singer Sargent

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all fashion photos via DustJacket Attic

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