Belle of the Ball [SIA Post]

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I would just like to say that I’m looking forward to having more light outside when I get home from work. Maybe then I can actually get more than one outfit photo every two weeks. Man, remember the days when I used to shower and take multiple outfit photos on the weekends?

Anyway! I will definitely want to try and get a picture this week because Jen chose a lovely painting.

This is what Jen had to say about the painting:

I chose the double portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray, once attributed to Johann Zoffany, circa 1779. This was the portrait that inspired the 2013 film, Belle, about the real-life, mixed-race young lady who was born into slavery in the British West Indies and ended up a heiress in London, England. The painting was commissioned by Lord Mansfield (William Murray), and depicts his two great-niece, Dido Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray. The two ladies were second cousins.

I chose this painting because it’s been on my SIA board of possibilities for awhile, because it’s such an intriguing painting, with differing styles of dress and poses and facial expressions that seem to be telling a story (or maybe holding back a story?). Lots of scope here for sartorial inspiration, including different textures, fabrics, colors, and potential props. My upcoming round also spans the end of February and beginning of March, and March is International Women’s Month, so I thought it would be fitting to feature a painting of two women.

You can read more about the painting here at https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/may/27/dido-belle-enigmatic-painting-that-inspired-a-movie , and more about Dido Belle at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dido_Elizabeth_Belle .

Got something pink? Green? Lace? A dress? Or does this painting inspire you to come up with something else?

If so, put on an outfit, snap a photo, and email it to librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by Tuesday, March 6th so you can be included in the round-up.