Years ago, my English teachers introduced to me the wonders of the Romantic poets. While I enjoyed the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare, my heart belonged (and to continues to belong) to those captivating bards of 19th century Britain. Whenever I read William Wordsworth’s Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, for example, Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony (or Symphony No. 6) comes vividly to mind. In 2017, I wrote a blog post about Victor Skrebneski’s fashion photography. I included a photo of the lovely Estee Lauder model Shaun Casey for my blog entry. These lines from John Keats’ Ode to a Grecian Urn vividly sums up Shaun’s attractive qualities:
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”
This lovely backless dress, from www.aleyacollections.com, also brings those beautiful lines to mind. The attire has an enchanting floral design of pink and red colors. Its straps sensuously wrap around the shoulder area, and its V-neck feature provides a certain loveliness to the outfit.
Our model wears this attire with a great deal of panache. Her hairstyle is stunning. Her choice of accessories is perfect. And I love how she smiles. It is a smile of love, of peace. I can imagine her wearing this dress for one of the summer’s many formal occasions. Perhaps she and her beloved are celebrating a special anniversary. They meet up at Ramón Freixa’s in Madrid, Spain. As she sits down, there is a card on her plate. The card’s inscription comes from the opening lines of Lord Byron’s She Walks in Beauty:
“She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes; Thus mellowed to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denies.”
I hope your visit to www.aleyacollections.com was an enchanting one.
P.S. You can read my blog posn on Victor Skebrenski at https://gabeaflie1234.blogspot.com/2017/12/reflections-on-skrebneski.html
Gabriel is an adjunct instructor and fashion blogger. He continues to collect fashion photography from the 1950s to the 1990s. Gabriel wrote book reviews on the photography of Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Victor Skrebneski. He also wrote a book review on Sacha Lanvin's biography of Gia Carangi. Sacha's book is called "Born This Way". Gabriel is a regular contributor to the fashion blog of www.aleyacollections.com. He hopes that you find his blog posts informative and uplifting.
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