Silk Chemise “The Accolade”
Exclusive medieval wedding underdress
We designed this chemise specially for our wedding collection "Accolade".
On the original painting which was our source of inspiration only a little fragment of chemise is visible through the deep decollete cut, therefor, in our design we had to rely on the other sources - floating light under-dresses from the paintings of Botticelli and Edward Burne-Jones (few words about Pre-Raphaelites).
These chemises are made from light, airy, fluid cloth, often has very high waistline and, some times, with an elegant golden decoration.
For the heavy non-lustre velvet dress with rich draping we decided that the best match would be a chemise of the fine silk with a modest satin sheen. The general silhouette of the chemise – high waistline, draped chest and flowing down folds of the light cloth reminding of the Antique statues. This is the very silhouette which was so desirable for the beauties of the Renaissance time.
V-shaped cut, elegantly embroiled with small beads, creates an accent for the neck line and makes it look longer.
Lush puffed sleeves are hold in place with the drawstring tie above the elbow. They are passing into the narrow tall cuffs decorated with the golden inkle with the Celtic ornament connecting the design of the chemise with the overall theme of the collection. Under the chest the chemise is affixed with another drawstring tie which allowed to achieve an ideal fit and a favorable contrast to the wide skirt.
Long and wide sun-skirt (about 9 m or 30' of hemline lengths) is floating with the light folds accenting the figure lines and creating slim but feminine silhouette.
For the creation of this garment collection we were inspired by “Accolade” (1901) the famous painting of the Edmund Leighton who's interest for the Medieval subjects and manner was greatly influenced by early inquests of the Pre-Paphaellites Brotherhood. For the last hundred years both, art connoisseur and popular public, are equally charmed by this painting: not only because popularity of Arthur's theme and its courtly poetic, not just because of Leighton's craftsmanship, – but, mainly, because of the delicate appearance of the beautiful Queen Guinevere who became the embodiment and the symbol of the image of the Lady of the Heart in knightly compassion.
She is unreachable ideal of the purity, bodily and spiritual beauty, the patroness of the knights in service of light and good. Each detail of her image is speaking of that – the golden crown on the flowing golden curls of her hairs, soft face and white-and-gold dress glimmering in the beam of the daylight.
We tried to re-create this masterpiece of the art of painting with our contemporary art means – in the language of the textile, fashion design, jewelry and photography.
Here, to your attention we are introducing Silk Chemise from the garment collection "The Accolade" or “The Knighting” which includes velvet dress, silk chemise, belt, brooch and crown. All details of the collection are unified by the Celtic ornamental motifs reworked by us for the implementation in the various materials. The rim of the crown, details of the belt brooch the trim of the chemise sleeves, as well as dress shoulder parts and hemline, are all decorated with the variations of this ornament.
- Natural silk
- Golden trim with Celtic ornament
- Long wide skirt (about 9 m or 30' of hemline lengths)
- V-shaped cut
- High waistline