Bibliostyle: Emily Byrd Starr from “Emily’s Quest”

Above: Jenny Packham Resort 2018

Emily-in-the-glass looked very well that night. She had got the dress she had longed for for years–spent the whole price of a story on it, to her aunt’s horror. Shot silk – blue in one light, silver in another, with mists of lace. She remembered that Teddy had said that when she got that dress he would painter her as an Ice-maiden in it.

  • from Emily’s Quest by L.M. Montgomery

Above: Marchesa Notte, Resort 2018. Below, Natasha Zinko Resort 2018

Above: Luisa Beccaria Resort 2018. Below, Pamella Roland Resort 2018

Above: Reem Acra, Resort 2018. Below, Sonia Rykiel Pre-Fall 2018


All images from Vogue Runway

Bibliostyle: Green Ball Gowns in Catherynne M. Valente’s ‘Radiance’


Above: Pamella Roland Spring 2016

Our yuletide green had been knitted out of jute and wire and shredded dresses by the Udolpho triplets, those wanton Martian contortionists and-as I had discovered- wanted counterfeiters., from Guan Yu. Each of the nine women aboard had donated a green gown to the effort. We whirled away under Cythera’s lime spangled flapper-fringes, Harper Ibbott’s hunting cloak, every girl’s bright emerald and olive hoopskirts cut and ruched into garlands. We were a strange lot, the Obolus cargo, some famous, most not, all vibrating with the things we did not tell each other.

  • from Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente


Above: Sally LaPointe Pre-Fall 2016


Above: Pamella Roland Fall 2016


Above: Jenny Packham Fall 2016


Above: Toga Fall 2016


Above: Monique Lhuillier Fall 2016


Above: Hellessy Fall 2016


Above: Jenny Packham Spring 2016

Bibliostyle: Middlemarch by George Eliot


Above: Creatures of Comfort Spring 2016


Above: Trussardi, Spring 2016


Above: Zero + Maria Cornejo Spring 2016


Above: Opening Ceremony Spring 2016


Above: Hellessy Spring 2016


Above: Celine Spring 2016

When the drawing-room door opened and Dorothea entered, there was a sort of contrast not infrequent in the country life when the habits of the different ranks were less blent than now. Let those who know, tell us exactly what stuff it was that Dorothea wore in those days of mild autumn–that thin white woollen stuff soft to the touch and soft tot he eye. It always seemed to have been lately washed, and to smell of the sweet hedges–was always i the shape of a pelisse with sleeves hanging all out of the fashion. Yet if she had entered before a still audience as Imogen or Cato’s daughter, the dress might have seemed right enough: the grace and dignity were in her limbs and neck; and about her simply parted hair and candid eyes in a large round poke which was then in the fate of women, seemed no more odd as a head-dress than the gold trencher we call a halo […]

LuisaBeccaria_spring2016_blueAbove: Luisa Beccaria Spring 2016

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Above: Marchesa Fall 2016

The gentleman was too much occupied with the presence of the one woman to reflect on the contrast between the two– a contrast that would certainly have been striking to a calm observer. They were both tall, and their eyes were on a level; but imagine Rosamond’s infantine blondness and wondrous crown of hair-plaits, with her pale-blue dress of a fit and fashion so perfect that no dressmaker could look at it without emotion, a large embroidered collar which it was to be hoped all beholders would know the price of, her small hands duly set off with rings, and that controlled self-consciousness of manner which is the expensive substitute for simplicity.

  • from Middlemarch by George Eliot


Above: Jenny Packham Pre-Fall 2016


Above: Monique Lhullier Pre-Fall 2016


Above: Guo Pei Spring 2016 Haute Couture


Above: Vionnet Spring 2016

New York Rainbow: Spring 2016

A look from every colour of the rainbow–all from the Spring 2016 collections from New York-based female designers!



Above: Kate Ermilio Spring 2016



Above: Cynthia Rowley, Spring 2016



Above: Diane von Furstenberg, Spring 2016



Above: Tracy Reese, Spring 2016



Above: Monique Lhuillier, Spring 2016



Above: Victoria Beckham, Spring 2016


Above: Jenny Packham, Spring 2016

Inspired by Art Herstory: Kukula’s “Haute Debutantes”



Above: Riri’s Chamber by Kukula. Image found here.


Above: Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2014 Couture

This is like the ultimate Art Herstory mashup–Nataly Abramovitch, aka Kukula, paints debutantes in haute couture. Not just of her imagination–as you can see, some outfits are directly inspired by the couture designs (Ulyana Sergeenko is clearly a favourite for Kukula).


Above: The Three Graces by Kukula, image found here.


Above: Reem Acra Resort 2016AlbertaFerretti_SPring2015

Above: Alberta Ferretti Spring 2015


Above: Marchesa Spring 2015

Kukula was born in Tel Aviv, and is currently based in the U.S. With regards to her dream-prom aesthetic, Kukula’s website notes:

Kukula’s paintings center on feminine, doll-like figures, often surrounded by objects with sometimes clear, sometimes obscure symbolic meaning. The work registers the influences of both classical European art forms and contemporary pop culture. In her figures’ poses Kukula recalls traditional portraiture, yet the style is manifestly modern and pop-influenced. Kukula’s compositions thereby disclose her personal struggles as mediated by a rich multi-cultural heritage.

-statement found here



Above: The Guardian by Kukula. Image found here.


Above: Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2013 Couture

With regards to this series of Haute Debutante paintings, High-Fructose quotes Kukula commenting on her subjects:

“A haute debutante is not an especially rich brat. She may or may not wear haute couture at all. She does take upon herself the task of appearing in the world in a certain way, a way that takes the art of dress seriously. But neither is she bound by the claustrophobic mannerisms of the traditional debutante cotillion. She is haute – above all that. Her knowledge and skill provide her a basis for creativity, allow her to transcend the accepted conventions. The haute debutante aspires to create a world of her own.”

– from High-Fructose here

KukulaAbove: The Dalias by Kukula, image found here.


Above: Reem Acra Pre-Fall 2015


Above: Marchesa Spring 2016

JennyPackham_Spring2015Above: Jenny Packham Spring 2015

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