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An entertaining coincidence

about a month back I handled to see the Oscar de la Renta display at the DeYoung museum right here in SF, as well as it was lovely. If you like that kind of thing, it’s the kind of thing you truly like, etc.

As I exited with the gift shop I inspected out the postcard rack, as well as was struck by this picture of an Oscar de la Renta gown featured in Harper’s fair in 1969:

I was struck not so much by the gown (which is lovely, of course), however by the fabric—it was the exact same as some Marc Jacobs material I’d gotten a few years ago! (I blogged about a gown I made in a different colorway of this material back in 2015 here.) It’s silk/cotton, not organza:

You can tell much better in this color image:

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Or in this of one more Oscar de la Renta piece in Vogue:

It’s not uncommon for designers to revive print fabrics—most designers don’t produce their own prints, however instead work with fabric houses to choose materials for their collections. (Here’s an fascinating article about the process.) Some French as well as Italian print homes have been around for numerous years, as well as have catalogs going back quite much forever.

It appears like this material was utilized in the Marc by Marc Jacobs line sometime before 2009; you can see a gown made with it here:

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Rashida Jones even used something in this material in an episode of Parks as well as Rec! however I’ve only discovered one thing from the orange colorway—a strappy top.

I still haven’t made up this fabric, as well as most likely the upshot of discovering all this is that I will wait even longer to discover the “perfect” pattern. (But I can tell you right now, it most likely won’t have ruffles …)

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