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Brian Edward Millett

Where all things beautiful collide

Moire fabrics have been a classic staple of luxurious homes around the world for centuries.  Their watermarked quality has been treasured by those that crave the fancy, which is why it was popular again in the frivolous 80’s.  Today moire has been modernized for the fashion world as seen at Stella McCartney for pre-fall 2010.  When fashioned into architectural shapes, it loses it’s stuffiness.  The use of moire in McCartney’s collection reminded me of Olivier Theyskens collection for Rochas fall 2005.  I’ve included my favorites from that show that incorporated variations of moire, and some that didn’t that are just so beautiful I have to share them!  Moire can still be appropriate for the home as well.  Just make sure to pair it with more modern furnishings and less gilding and crystal…rock crystals maybe.

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Rochas

Rochas

Rochas

Rochas

Rochas

Rochas

Rochas

Rochas

Rochas

Jackie Kennedy White House by Sister Parrish

The Green Room in the White House was one of many rooms that Jacqueline Kennedy brought back to life with the help of decorator Sister Parish.  Moire covered the walls and looks both regal and perfectly American.  I love this color with pale blue, in fact if I was refreshing this room today I would add icey blue upholstered pieces.

Jacqueline Kennedy's dressing room

Silk covered walls in Jacqueline’s White House dressing room inspire me to design a modern room with paper-backed blue moire on the walls with nailheads or fabric tape around the edges.

Moire fabric

The Duchess of Windsor's moire covered bedroom

the Duchess's dressing table in Paris

Walls, upholstery, and even a dressing table decorated the bedroom and sitting area of the Duchess of Windsor.  Her famous pug pillows sat proudly on a settee in front of the bed.  I have a very modern and chic dressing room in my mind inspired by this space and using plenty of moire!

"moire " stationary

stationary

Moire has a slight appearance of wood grain as seen here in Martha Stewart’s stationary for her woodland home in Maine, Skylands.

hotel by Kelly Wearstler

Moire upholstered walls in a rich color…what more do you need?

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