Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Lady and the Unicorn and Oscar de la Renta



Oscar de la Renta's Spring 2014 collection, with it's intricate embroidery and eye-stopping jewelery reminded me of a rainy September day in Paris, spent sheltered at the Museé Cluny, getting lost in the threads of the magical Unicorn Tapestries.







Mille-fleurs (or thousand flowers), the style the 15th century tapestries were created in, is also an apt description for the exquisite thread work on Oscar de la Renta's gowns. Five of the Unicorn tapestries illustrate each of the senses. The sixth depicts the lady placing the necklace she wears in the other tapestries away in a chest and contains the motto "À Mon Seul Désir." One interpretation suggests the lady renounces the earthly temptations aroused by her senses for a deeper understanding.  If the lady had Oscar to tempt her, she may not have been so quick to renounce her passions, I think.

Are any of the Spring 2014 collections tempting you?

11 comments:

  1. I loved this collection but certainly didn't put together the absolutely beautiful comparison with the Unicorn tapestries. Sigh. This makes me want to take the TGV up to Paris to go to the Cluny!

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  2. Gorgeous! I love the nod to history.....the combination is incredible.

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  3. I only dream of wearing ODLR!!!! He is an inspiration. But, in a fun twist, I'm hosting a large dinner party on Saturday and I selected one of his designs from Paperless Post for my invitation!!!

    Hope all is well!!!
    xoxo Elizabeth

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  4. Oh, so beautiful. That Oscar, he never disappoints. I could see you in the blue dress, that model looks like you too. Happy Sunday. xo, ebh

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  5. Oscar de la Renta is my favorite designer. His clothes are lovely.

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