Saturday, November 27, 2010

Russian Dressing

The first time I paid close attention to Russian dressing was in the early 1980s, when I was reading Edie: An American Biography.  Edie Sedgwick hosted a dinner party at the Boston Ritz, ordered her favorite "roast beef with lots of Russian dressing," then tipped 100% on her father's charge account, before climbing on the table and singing "Loads of  (lovely) Love."

When I saw these stunning gowns from the Russian ballet (in the latest Selvedge magazine) Les servants roses et rouges, Russian dressing took on a new meaning.  This is just a sample from a gorgeous photographic story in the November/December Selvedge.  Although these beautiful dresses were constructed for the stage, I could see any of these worn for day or evening. 

Russian dressing has also been on my mind because, in a burst of energy the other weekend, I made my children's teachers some holiday gifts. Here they are, mini Russian nesting dolls made from felt and embroidery.  Each doll's hair colour and style resembles the appropriate teacher's coiffure.  Those are French knots around the scarves.



Now that I see them on our tree (which we just cut down and put up today), I'll have to scramble to make my own set. (This is a hazard of making gifts.)

12 comments:

K.Line said...

I love those ornaments. And I can't believe you've got your tree up already.

Barbara said...

These gifts are charming and original and personal and, and...
You could sell these. Wonderful idea.
From Miss Cavendish with Love (original handcrafted ornaments with
Russian design)
BarbaraG

materfamilias said...

OMG, Russian to tell you how doll-ing those are (I know, that deserves a really big groan) -- the teachers are sure to be delighted.

Miss Cavendish said...

I actually have "Miss Cavendish" labels (white script on pink background) that I used to attach to the bags and tiny cakes I've made in the past. I forgot to add them to these ornaments--oops!!

WendyB said...

YSL's Russian-inspired pieces were amazing!

Jennifer said...

I'm sure the teachers will be thrilled to receive such lovely presents! And I would be happy to wear any of those ballet gowns, especially the two on the right--gorgeous!

La Belette Rouge said...

I read "roast beets with lots of Russian dressing". I read your post again and then realized Eddie ordered beef not beets. The beets sound better to me.

Elizabeth said...

Those dresses are beautiful examples of pattern mixing!

I love your Russian dolls, they're so precise and whimsical and wonderful.

WatchSource said...

I love Russian traditional style, these are amazing.

Art Style said...

I was handed down a festively embroidered Russian style jacket from mother's newlywed days (ca 1960s), but now I also think our tree needs to be dressed with both high and folk threads.

I don't think many teachers receive such fine holiday treats. Beauts! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Maya Topadze Griggs (Soccer Mom Style) said...

I know this is an old post but I've just discovered your blog by accident. I am very impressed with your matryoshkas and love those dresses from the first photo. I agree they would make great evening wear but first thing came to my mind was they would look soooo cute on a little girl. I wish children's ethnic clothing was more readily available and more reasonably priced :)

Maya
p.s.
I'm your newest follower :)

Miss Cavendish said...

Agreed re: ethnic clothing for children. I used to buy my daughters Oilily when they were tiny, because the dresses had the touches of embroidery and unexpected textural layers that I love!