Today I want to show you my new ethnic dress from Biba. It is from their Spring Summer 2015 collection called "Indigo". What is remarkable about this collection that it is inspired by William Morris. William Morris was an English textile designer of the 19th century and is best known for his pattern designs, particularly on fabrics and wallpapers, inspired by nature. Wild and garden flowers, inter-twining leaves, birds and animals all feature in his designs.
Queen Anne. Wallpaper sample, London, England, ca. 1868-70, William Morris. Colour woodblock print on paper. The Victoria and Albert Museum
I guess my dress was created with Morris's Strawberry Thief design in mind.This is one of his best-known designs. This printed cotton furnishing textile was intended by Morris to be used for curtains or draped around walls or for loose covers on furniture. Despite the fact that this design was one of the most expensive printed furnishings available from Morris & Co., it became a firm favourite with clients.
Strawberry Thief. Furnishing fabric, London, England, 1883, William Morris. Indigo-discharged and block-printed cotton. The Victoria and Albert Museum
The dress would look fine worn on its own but as it is an Anarkali type of a dress, it is supposed to be worn with churidar pants underneath. These tight fitting pants are made longer than the leg and so the excess length falls into folds and appears like a set of bangles - churi- resting on the ankle, hence the name.
photo from official Biba site
Have a nice weekend!
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