Thursday, June 19, 2008

Elizabethan Tatting


While I was in Los Angeles last March at the Pattern Review West Coast Weekend, I took a tour of the FIDM's Costume Design Exhibition. Up close I noticed that the purple gown from Elizabeth - the Golden Age had the loveliest dark blue tatting on the cuffs. Tatting! Whoo Hoo! Long lacey loopy tatting! I knew that tatting was a fashionable craft in the Georgian era, but don't have much info on its use prior to that time. Even if it is anachronistic (I'm not saying that it is, just that I don't know if it is) I thought it was a brilliant use of it. Love the combination of purple and deep cobalty blue ...mmmm...
Also fell in mad mad love with this costume:



Actually all of the costumes were magnificent. Umm, on the blurb for the red jacket I think they meant 2008 not 1998...

1 comment:

TattingChic said...

I'd love to be able to see the cuffs up close. Hard to tell from this far away if it's really tatting or not, but all the costumes are very beautiful. I know that tatting became popularized during the Victorian Era and in the 1700's it had not evolved yet from it's "mother" art known simply as knotting. I'd love to get a closer look at those cuffs. It was nice looking at all those pics.