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First there were these chinoiserie pumpkins, which made us think blue and white might be the ultimate fall color scheme.
The fabric is a black-and-navy metallic floral chinoiserie jacquard, with luxe pearl fastenings along the side.
Some are exact replicas (the black chinoiserie blouse with snaking buds up the collar), while others have been updated just slightly (a fleece turtleneck with elaborate ruffled sleeves, remade in soft jersey).
The Grain and Aileen Brua of Proof on Main will join Lawrence Weeks of Locals Only and the Fat Lamb's Dallas McGarity for a chinoiserie style dinner (a European style of art interpreting Asian influences).
At dinner women in crinolines and powdered wigs play Baroque string instruments, a harpsichord, and a harp under the gleaming chinoiserie.
Elsewhere, the gilded Chinese House is a remnant of the king’s then-trendy obsession with chinoiserie, and the Grecian-style Temple of Friendship was his monument to his older sister, Princess Wilhelmine.
To equally memorable effect, Bikoff chose a Mimi chinoiserie wallpaper by Voutsa alongside powder blue banquettes and Venetian glass mirrors for the restaurant's main dining room.
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Did You Know?
In 1670, King Louis XIV had the Trianon de Porcelaine erected at Versailles. It was a small structure-a pleasure house built for the king's mistress-and it was decorated with chinoiserie and faced with faience tiles with a blue and white chinoiserie pattern. The building persists in history as the first major example of chinoiserie-the English word is borrowed straight from French, which based the word on chinois, its word for "Chinese"-but the trend it began long outlasted the building itself, which was destroyed a mere 17 years later to make way for the Grand Trianon. Chinoiserie itself was popular throughout the 17th and 18th centuries and enjoyed a brief revival in the 1930s. And people still enjoy it today.
Origin and Etymology of chinoiserie
First Known Use: 1883See Words from the same year
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