Yamamoto Takato 山本タカト
Altar of Narcissus - Skull Ball
Many years of following Vintage Textile, checking in once in a while… So many treasures!
The coat is fashioned from cobalt blue devoré velvet, cut to a ground of bronzed gold metallic lamé. The upper back and sleeve borders are of solid silk velvet elaborately embroidered with a Persian pattern of bronze metallic cord and small, coral colored beads. The bodice front sections of the coat are self lined with devoré velvet; the rest of the coat is lined with rose colored silk velvet.
The Orientalist influence is evident in the smallest details of the intricate figural-floral decoration. When King Tut’s tomb was discovered in 1922, Egyptian-style motifs were added to the exotic mix. Note the Egyptian figure just left of center on the sleeve.
The kimono style was au courant among the fashion forward in the 1920s. A friend recently showed me an old fashion book with pictures of Jean-Philippe Worth dressed in exotic ethnic costumes. It was common among fashion cognoscenti of the time to collect ethnic textiles; and to dress in them; and to party in them, e.g., 1002 Nights Ball given by Paul Poiret on July 24, 1911 in his Paris town house.