Silks | Jean-Léon Gérôme
Since I've taken on a more sustainable approach to buying clothing, I tend to avoid polyester whenever I can. Not just for the significant environmental implications (polyester is plastic), but because I believe that quality textiles are as important to the overall beauty and luxury of a garment as the design is. The French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme, who created numerous Orientalist works inspired by his travels throughout the Middle East and North Africa, produced a number of paintings in which textiles featured predominantly. His treatment of silks (and a velvet) is a delight, and a reminder of the beauty and intricacy of the fabrics we wear. Oh, to spend just a day cloaked in that embroidered silk jacket! One can always dream...
Marchand Ambulant au Cairo | 1869
P.S. Is this street vendor in Cairo carrying the same silk jacket worn by the young solider in the feature image?!?!
Moorish Bath | 1870
Woman from Cairo, Smoking a Cigarette | 1882
The Almeh | 1873
Markos Botsaris | 1874
Feature image: Bashi-Bazouk | 1868 via The Met