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.
The Original: Claude Monet
hit the nail on the head with his picturesque immortalization of the woman with a straw hat and blue scarf.
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
all fashion photos via DustJacket Attic