"Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?"
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Oh - this is divine.
Tina Chow in a c. 1948 blue silk satin evening coat by Christian Dior.
"Arguably, the New Look was not entirely, but was instead founded on Dior’s discriminating examination of historical dress: … An extraordinary blue satin coat of 1948 took its inspiration from gowns seen in Watteau paintings from the second third of the eighteenth century and from ancient Japanese Kabuki robes. Of elementary construction, but arresting impact, the coat is made from an unbroken length of satin seamed together with slashes under the sleeve line that pull the form together to create the impression of sleeves. This coat has a ceremonial grandeur that belies its resourceful simplicity. Cecil Beaton once called Dior ‘the Watteau of dressmaking.’ In this satin coat, that epithet is no mere metaphor.
—Richard Martin and Harold Koda, 1992"
Courtyard atrium - Boscolo Hotel Budapest by © wayfaring
“You gave too much rein to your imagination. Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master. The simplest explanation is always the most likely.”
― Agatha Christie,
The Mysterious Affair at Styles