May 9, 2010

Longchamp Racetrack 1911

24 x 30, 
oil on canvas

In an era when many of the latest fashions were first introduced at the racetracks just outside of Paris, these were the styles coveted by women one hundred years ago. Now, I know what you are thinking--how uncomfortable the women must have been wearing ensembles like these, especially strolling on uneven turf in unpredictable weather....but (sigh) if you discover a time machine, please let me know. I will be first in line to go back to that time. Just viewing the designers attention to detail up close would be worth the trip alone.
 After all, by the year 1911, Coco Chanel's Rue Cambon shop had been open for a whole year already. And she was only twenty seven years old.
"Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions"...Coco Chanel
Happy Mother's Day! This painting, along with Ky Derby Bling is part of a Celebration of Women Show at the Gallery at 916


Crazy Ravens Studio said...

There is a lot of joy in this little "fashion" painting series and a lot of "Faye" in them too. Keep up the good work.

Edward Burton said...

I love this, Faye. So beautifully painted. That sure was an elegant era. I hope the show goes well!

Dean H. said...

Very well done, Faye! I particularly like the thick embellishment strokes.

Best of luck on the show. :)

L.Holm said...

What fun!!!! I have to think they weren't suffering the heat we do now. (lets hope not). These ladies are so well done. I love the tilt of the head of the one in the middle. Wonderful.