That time I hung out with writer Effie Bowen in the studio’s loft and we pulley-d up wine and goldfish and talked all night. Here’s that conversation hot off the press over at BOMB magazine. Lovely fashion photos by the tried and true Josh Wool.
Perfect for the June bride - a wedding parasol carried by Miriam Todd at her marriage to Evander Roderick McIver in Charleston, April 20, 1910.
The cover is cream silk with satin-stitch floral embroidery. It has a bamboo shaft, ivory ferule and rib tips and an etched ivory handle. This handle is carved to depict the three wise monkeys: Mizaru covering his eyes, Kikazaru covering his ears and Iwazaru covering his mouth. Around the monkeys are acorns, insects and grass. The red character has not yet been identified, but the monogram on the end of the handle is “M T,” presumably for Miriam Todd. The closing mechanism is marked “HOKEN.”
Parasols were not common wedding accessories, even when they were at their peak of popularity. This one may have been used at an outdoor wedding, or perhaps for the going-away outfit. Regardless, this delightful Japanese parasol would have made a wonderful April fashion accessory.
TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection. Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday