Do you know what Toile is? It's a kind of patterned fabric that is used mostly today in decorating. It has a rich history in France. From what I could find out at the museum it was a kind of imitation of fabrics that were imported from India. To make them at home was simpler and cheaper. Spies were even sent to discover the techniques used to create repeating pattern and bright colors. Here's some examples, I'm sure you've seen it before.
When asiatic images are show it falls into a catagory called "Chinoiserie".
Unfortunately there were no photos allowed inside the Museum. There were carved wooden tools for block printing and copper ones for the highly detailed designs. Most of these parts were melted down after use to move on to the newer items for sale. It was very interesting to learn about. The museum is out of town and about a 15 min walk from the train station. I would recommend it as a day trip.
We took some photos outside in the garden. You'll see that Marie got dressed up in toile. A skirt from her own fashion collection "Le Boudoire de Marie". There was a park behind the museum with a grotto! I love grottoes from the romantic period in France.
I found this book about a woman fashion illustrator from Japan. I wish I could tell you more about her but it's all in Japanese! From what I see she was sometimes modeling herself and most of these fashions seem to date from the 1930's. I'm pretty sure I spied a photo of her old, head shaved like she became a nun! Anyhow a little mystery is always fun. Please enjoy the lovely images.
I found these magazines at an antique store in Shimokitazawa. A clothing catalog and a kntting book. These prints are so fantastic and the kids adorable! I can't help but imagine adult versions. Why do I always want to dress in children's clothes!?
Oh how I wish I had the outfit below! I don't knit. I made a decision never to start because I already do so much with my hands, but I do sometimes wish it were a possibility.
A little DIY on how to dress up a cartigan with cuffs, collar and center piece.
I love the image below as it seems to be a link between traditonal clothing and occidental influence.
I want to add peacock feathers to a dress! I'm putting this one in a folder of things-to-do-one-day.