Morning - Mikhail Vrubel
The Japanese cherry blossom, known as the Sakura in Japanese, is the flower of a cherry tree that is cultivated for its decorative features rather than for cherries (it doesn’t bear fruit). The overwhelming beauty of the cherry blossom bloom has been known and adored for ages. The blooming period is associated with Japanese traditions, culture, aesthetics, and is a bittersweet metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life itself.
The blooming cherry blossoms herald the beginning of the centuries-old Hanami festival – the traditional Japanese custom of picnicking under trees rich with flowering Sakura branches and enjoying this short but striking first breath of spring. The blossoming wave usually starts in Okinawa in January or February and progresses through all of Japan until April or May. The cherry blossom front (Sakura zensen) can be conveniently tracked every year using this calendar.
Doors around the World
Machine Embroidered Jacket, ca. 1890s
Owned by Jessie Mason Webb
elie saab haute couture autumn/winter 2008-2009
Haute Couture blog :)
Choi Ara by Jung Kirock for Maison Dec 2012
The Ramparts of God’s House (detail). 1889. John Melhuish Strudwick
The “Mystic Wine” tapestry - Flanders, c. 1500-1522 (tapestry in wool and silk, with silver and silver-gilt threads; height 139 cm, width 173 cm)
沈铨 - 孔雀朝凤
by Shen Quan (Qing Dynasty)
François-Hubert Drouais, The Marquise d’Aigurandes - detail, (1759)