It's been said....

“There's more to clothing than just adornment.

It does more than merely change

how the world perceives us.

It changes how we perceive ourselves.”
 

― Jacqueline Carey, Naamah's Kiss

​"One should either be a work of art,

or wear a work of art"
 

― Oscar Wilde

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Purple Reign

March 29, 2019

 From Prince(s) to Pontiffs

 

No color is more closely associated with royalty than the color purple.
Cleopatra had 20,00 snails soak for ten days just to obtain a mere one ounce of the imperial shade.
In 273AD,  Roman Emperor Aurelian refused his wife a purple dyed shawl since it was literally worth it's weight in gold.  In ancient Byzantium, wearing  purple could cost you your head if you were not highborn. 

King Henry the 8th insisted that he was only person allowed to don purple, but that was easily done since a pound of purple wool cost more than what most people could earn in a year.
For centuries, this illustrious color was monopolized by producers on the coast of  ancient Phoenicia, current day Lebanon.  This deep, rich Tyrian dye was harvested by cracking open the shell of a sea snail to extract a purple producing mucus that had to be dried in the sun for a precise period of time.

Like the art of producing indigo, I can't help but wonder how the first humans came upon this delightful discovery.

Modern day science has taught us that purple is the most powerful visible wavelength of electromagnetic energy, being just a few steps away from x-rays and gamma rays.  Which may explain why purple is associated with supernatural energy, the cosmos... and the artist formerly known as Prince.

See you next Fashion Friday,
denise

 

Cover of Vogue Circa 1957

 

 Today, the Hollywood elite is the closest we get to royalty.
Here's Katie Holmes with designer Zac Posen

 

 

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