Wednesday, May 30, 2012

darkened by the heat of passion

I recently planted some dear little tulip bulbs in my garden (at precisely the wrong time of year, my father has helpfully pointed out) and shortly afterwards was struck by a troubling thought  - do I like tulips? Thank heavens for the internet which has reminded me; I do indeed.

House of Worth, "Tulipes Hollandaises", silk and metal cape, 1889, The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art

Maker unknown, Kimono, 1910-1930, Japan, Machine-spun pongee silk woven with stencil-printed warp threads,  
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Cover of "The Tatler", 5 May 1954, designed by Sigrid Hunt, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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