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joyce carol oates and her fortuny gown

Joyce_carol_oates >> An excerpt from the article:

In its day the dress was extremely modern, even daring. Fortuny sought out new colors dreamed up by chemists and pioneered a way to pleat silk with tiny folds by treating it with metallic salts.

This is in the early twentieth century, but can you imagine - pleating silk with salts?  How quaintly archaic.  I'm just in awe.

But that's not the only thing that caught my attention - something about the accompanying picture of Ms. Oates is just so inspirational to me - the little straw hat, the wizened face, the bobbed brown hair, and the red shirt... there's just this unexplainable magnetism.

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