blackfrangipani and DaWanda

Hey everybody! I’m happy to let you know that blackfrangipani fashion pieces are now available at DaWanda, an European online marketplace. Over the coming weeks, I shall be adding new designs to my new online shop – Do check it out!!

Splash on Piece I Love

When my necklace, Splash was featured on Boticca’s blog, I was away on holiday in Japan. This was such a great surprise when I returned home. It really made my day!

Capturing a piece of the past: a necklace called Romance

The Gallery of H.M.S. ‘Calcutta’ (Portsmouth), ca 1877
by James Joseph Jacques Tissot (1836 – 1902) Category: PD

When I worked on this pendant bag necklace, I wanted to capture the essence of the period when bead knitting started and fashion accessories made using this technique became the rage.

Fashion during the Victorian period was beautiful and exciting. It was a time known for elegant evening and dinner gowns, stylish daywear, cycling outfits, hunting outfits and much more. Along with this, came exquisite shoes, purses, bags, hats and parasols to complement the different outfits.

Left: Avant le théâtre (Figure of a Woman, before the theater), 1875/1876 by artist,
Berthe Morisot (1841 – 1895). Oil on Canvas. Category: PD
Right: Nocturne in Rosa und Grau, Porträt der Lady Meux, 1881 by artist, James Abbot McNeill Whistler (1834 – 1903). Oil on canvas. Category: PD

In the 1870s, chatelaine bags were introduced and they complemented beautifully with the slim, figure-hugging dresses popular then. These small bags were usually used to carry a handkerchief, a dance card and a tiny scent bottle. They were hung either from the wrist or the belt. Continue reading