Style Court

Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Grace Land

The other day I spent the afternoon with my face buried in Grace Coddington's memoir, enjoying her descriptions of 70s style in London and Paris.

[Solid linen swatches are via Restoration Hardware
1970s dress via 1stdibs
Pattern, Carolina Irving's Mimosa Vine.] 

[Madeaux by Richard Smith hand-printed woven silk, Cecily 03 in prune/olive.]
If you're vaguely acquainted with fashion history, you know Chloé and maybe are aware of the 1930s influence (in terms of a palette, think plum, prune and aubergine, writes Grace).

[A Clarice Cliff 'Taormina' pattern bowl via Bonhams.]

Apparently the 30s revival also included a craze for vintage Clarice Cliff ceramics, specifically her Deco-influenced pieces.


But what I really didn't know was that ranunculus were hugely popular during the era. Just as they are now. Depending on what region you live in, fall is a great time to plant these flowers. Herewith, a little inspiration:

Merrick's Eulogy for Ranunculus
Floret Flower Farm
Mellano & Co
Martha Stewart


Emile de Bruijn said...

I love that quote from Diana Vreeland when she urged her models to show 'A little more languor in the lips.':) Not sure how I am going to use that phrase in an everyday office conversation, though...

Style Court said...

Emile, I think you should try to work it in over at the NT. Maybe with the conservators.


I was disappointed with the book and did not finish it. Realized I appreciate Grace's work in Vogue and her attitude in the movie more than her words!