12.01.2014

Masterpiece

Masterpiece: 
a work done with extraordinary skill; especially :  a supreme intellectual or artistic achievement 

Since my days in college, where I had to study art history and the evolution of apparel, one of my favorite forms of escape has been to visit an art museum to take a guided tour by tape. This adventure is not only a cognitive experience, but therapeutic as well. At my own pace, I enjoy moving along the galleries while taking in the wealth of information that my personal curator verbalizes directly into my ear. At the end of my artistic escapade, I take great pride in knowing that I have learned what it takes to create a masterpiece.

As we all know, there are many genres which have classified works as masterpieces - literary, music, visual artwork, dance interpretations, and yes - fashion. As I delved deeper into the idea of a masterpiece, my initial thought was, "Isn't the idea of a masterpiece subjective?" While one person may lose themselves completely in a work, another may find the piece to be simply - average. And though in our modern day, certain works have been deemed as masterpieces, while listening to the taped tours, I learned that in many instances, an artist was unsure with a particular work and would make several changes. It was often quite rare for an artist to have a vision, stick to it, and complete it without any adjustments. 

For today's look, I am wearing a creation courtesy of eShakti, an online store that allows you to create your own masterpiece by ordering garments that have been customized to your height, size, and style. In many cases, you can adjust the sleeves, fabrication and other details to your taste. For myself, I gave them my height and size, and within a few short days, my lovely, new creation arrived. I selected a piece that was lovely As-Is, and reminded me of a work of art by Claude Monet called Nympheas. A velvet empire waist maxi dress in an artistic print in dark florals of rich, deep tones of purple, turquoise, various shades of blue and green with a touch of bright pink and orange.


Today's Look - Empire Waist Velvet Maxi Dress: Courtesy of eShakti, Mainstay Booties by Nine West via eBay, Brinjal Necklace from Anthropologie (Old, but saw a few on eBay), Sunnies: Loft

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Nympheas by Claude Monet





The dress is lined which gives it a lovely weighted feel but still allows it to have incredible movement.



Bravo to eShakti for allowing their customers to create their own individual masterpieces. In a world of mass production that leaves little to the creativity spirit, it's a nice change of pace to wear something that is your own work of art{wink}

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40 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love the way you customized this dress, and the print is glorious. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xox.

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  2. Beautiful dress :) I have never done an audio tour of a museum, but I like to visit them at my own pace as well, pausing (or not) at each piece as long as I want. Some things speak to you, others ... don't. And sometimes I simply don't feel like discussing what I see either.

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    1. Thank you Alexandra and I completely understand about not wanting to discuss what is seen.

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  3. Hello Glenda! What a beautiful dress you chose. It fits you like a glove and the fabric is so pretty just like the Monet masterpiece. I have never taken an art gallery guided tour but is something I would love to do now that my kids are older. I can imagine how enchanting and captivating it can be to be so surrounded by so much creative energy and learning all about behind each peace of art. Thanks for sharing and have a blessed week:-) XOXO, Jeannette
    www.msjeannieandhercloset.com

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    1. Hi Jeannie, it truly is a remarkable experience. You learn so much more than you would from simply reading the wall descriptions. My first experience was when my sons were very young. I took them on tours that were catered to children. Now they find the information on the taped tours just as fascinating.

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  4. That is a Glenda dress for sure and it fits you to a tee. The colors are so rich and vibrant. Enjoy the Holidays!

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    1. Hi Neti and thank you! Yes, it was the colors that caught my eye :)

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  5. WOW! Totally gorgeous on you, Glenda! Love this!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  6. I was just telling someone that I love seeing what people pick from eShakti because it really speaks to their personality. And this piece is gorgeous and so much fun! You look great!
    Carylee | more pieces of me
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    1. Thank you Carylee! I used it as an opportunity to step outside the box. Normally I wear a lot of solid and neutrals.

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  7. Glenda,
    You are so right. The print of that dress looks so much like the painting it is surreal.
    The caftan look so stunning on you , I love that it has pockets, and it looks very elegant.
    I agree that is a great feature to be able to customize address and make it your own. This does seem to be a beautiful masterpiece , in its own right , and you are captivating in this..
    I also agree about the notion that art is subjective. It is interesting for me to see artist go through many phases where their work looks distinctly different overtime.
    It is also interesting to me, when I think about many artists, that so much of the work was under appreciated as they were living, only to be appreciated, once they had passed on .

    This was a well thought out post and you truly look divine and in your element,
    Xx. Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com

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    1. Thank you Elle! Yes, I always think about the starving artist too and wonder why so many go unrecognized until after they have left us. That needs to change!

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  8. It's funny because I often find fashion inspiration while visiting museums. And you've brought it to life! You look beautiful in this dress. Awesome necklace. Yet another hit!

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    1. Thank you, Connie! Museums are such great places to visit. I adore them. Sometimes I just go and have lunch and people watch without stepping into one gallery.

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  9. Dear Glenda, you are true ART.
    Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx

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  10. Truly a masterpiece look, the print, the flow of the fabric, and you all add to its visual beauty. Your words are so true, art is inspiring. Have a great day.

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    1. Thank you, Dear Denise. Have a lovely week!

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  11. I adore this dress, what a vivid colours. And it looks so good on you. And that necklace !! I did click on your Ebay link and saw very similar ones. Was very tempted, but resisted.
    Greetje

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    1. Thank you Greetje! I purchased mine from Anthropologie. It was the last one the store had and it was on display in the window. It has such a lovely quality to it. The large bobble is weighted but it isn't too heavy.

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  12. I love the dress you chose! I had fun customizing with eShakti too! You look fabulous!
    Stephanie
    http://positivelystephanie.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you Stephanie! It was a fun experience. I decided to choose something outside of the box. I plan on using it for the holiday festivities.

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  13. This maxi dress looks gorgeous on you, Glenda. Great choice.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  14. This dress truly is a masterpiece & it's very reminiscent of the Monet painting. I love the florals & colors. :] // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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  15. That dress is exceptional. The prints- Gorgeous! Art is fashion and i believe that is makes it all so intriguing. You look gracious.

    http://www.thefashionstirfry.com

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  16. My oh my, Glenda, you look amazing in that dress! And I agree, I can totally see the Monet painting in the print and in the colors. Beautiful.

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  17. What a stunning dress, Glenda, a true gem - bravo to your creation! You look gorgeous, feminine, free as a bird! xxxx

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    1. Free as a bird. I like that statement. Thank you, Natalia!

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  18. Superlatives are touchy to use and get away with in lots of situations ... but I'd sure agree that this could be a masterpiece! You and eShakti make great collaborators, absolutely. It's a beautiful dress on you, Glenda. Your exceptional taste shines through.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jan! Have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend.

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