Trawlin’ the archives

June 2nd, 2011

Evening dress by Lanvin ca.1923 / Evening dress by Lanvin fall/winter 1923-24

When I’m procrastinating hard, one of my favourite things to do (apart from cute animal videos on youtube and falling in to a tumblr browsing blackhole) is to search through museum online archives. This is a collection of stuff I’ve found recently.

Evening dress by Lanvin fall/winter 1923-24

Evening dress by Lanvin ca.1923

Machine embroidered silk thread on silk hat label, Caroline Reboux 1900-1927

Autoperipatetikos (Mechanical or wind up dolls) by Martin & Runyon, 1862

A Garden, Albert Moore, 1869

Silk blouse by House of Lanvin, 1946

Machine embroidered silk label, Jeanne Lanvin, 1900-1920

Wedding dress by Boué Soeurs, 1927

Child’s chafing dish by John Aynsley & Sons Ltd, 1912-1918

Evening dress by House of Lanvin, 1920

Lady Clapham doll and her garters, unknown maker, 1690-1700

Children’s Afternoon at Wargemont (L’après-midi des enfants à Wargemont), Auguste Renoir, 1884

Cotton and silk dress by House of Lanvin, 1922

Cotton and silk dress by House of Lanvin, 1922

Watercolour design for printed cotton by William Kilburn ca. 1788-1792

Silk dress by House of Lanvin, 1922/ Straw and silk hat by House of Lanvin, ca.1985

Hearts are Trumps, Sir John Everett Millais, 1872

Pyjamas by Boué Soeurs, 1928 / Negligée by Boué Soeurs, ca.1929 / Lingerie by Boué Soeurs, 1927

Miniature by Louie Burrell, watercolour on ivory, early 20th century / Miniature by Henry Robert Robertson, watercolour on ivory, ca. 1890-1900

Mrs Carl Meyer and her Children, John Singer Sargent, 1896

Negligée by Boué Soeurs, ca.1929 / Lingerie by Boué Soeurs, 1927

Carved and painted wooden Toy horse, 1850-1910

Court Presentation Dress by Boué Soeurs, 1932-34

Layette pincushion, maker unknown, 1862

Pyjamas by Boué Soeurs, 1928

Miniature by Robertson, Janet S., 1913 / Miniature by N. H., Watercolour on ivory, 1900

The Balcony Room (Das Balkonzimmer), Adolph Menzel, 1845

Evening dress by Boué Soeurs, 1920-25 / Court Presentation Ensemble by Boué Soeurs, 1928

Designs for printed cotton by William Kilburn, watercolour on paper, ca.1788-1792

Massive thanks to the V&A and The Metropolitan Museum of Art for allowing us to see their awesome collections from home and Google Art Project for all their hard work.

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  1. This is perfect. Hearts are Trumps and Mrs Carl Meyer and her Children are two of my favourite portraits!


  2. Neil says:

    I do the exact same thing with the V&A archives, however I was totally unaware the met had one too. I’m sure hours of time wasting now lie ahead of me, this could be very, very dangerous!


  3. Lolo says:

    These are beautiful!


  4. Shini says:

    That second to last row of dresses may as well be my top inspiration for a wedding dress… imagine it in white AHhhHHhhHhhhh.
    I love how you curate your posts dood.


  5. sami says:

    you are so creative. i would never think that a museum’s archives would be located online!
    that’s brilliant!



  6. Melwa says:

    This post is amazing, all these dresses are to die for!


  7. Mae Lu says:

    WOW… Lanvin knew how to do it way back when… WOW. The cotton and silk dress has me blown away.

    I really love the flapper dresses by Boué Soeurs.

    I can’t wait to see what sort of illustrations you make with today’s inspiration!

    Mae Lu @ thereafterish.!


  8. jj says:

    lovely, lovely inspiration! I was super excited to see the Lady Clapham doll, but I think that it’s because the Clapham Saints will prolly be on my final today!


  9. Felicity says:

    I’m definitely feeling the Lanvin love ;) Gorgeous things! Jesus, I wonder how long you were procrastinating to find all of these! :p


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  11. katy says:

    i am now officially addicted to boué soeurs. amazing.


  12. Dia says:

    This post is incredibly beautiful! True eye candy! Thank you!


  13. rose says:

    wow those lanvin dresses are so beautiful. and still fashion forward some 90 years later!


  14. ikabags says:


    I found your blog from etsy ! Really so happy :)

    True eye candy!
    Amazing !

    Thanks so much !


  15. Brigadeiro says:

    Wow, I had no idea one could view museum archives online!

    A M A Z I N G items/art pieces here!


  16. Nastya says:

    Very inspiring


  17. Caitlin Rose says:

    I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen anything as beautiful as those last two dresses! thank you for this post! it’s just amazing.

    Lovely blog in general!!


    Caitlin Rose


  18. Isabelle says:

    Wow,those archives are such a good find. I know what I’m spending my afternoon doing, thanks!


  19. Jugglingspinster says:

    I dug up part of one of those chafing dishes when I was 6 or 7 and I was really into archaeology… It was in the forest by my house. I’ve always wondered what the whole thing (with all its criketeer teddy bears) looked like!


  20. Renata says:

    Wow! Awesome images!


  21. Trixie says:

    Oh how I love the 20s!! And the lanvin dresses. Great pics xoxo


  22. eLena says:

    This post is one of my favorites in life.


  23. strandofsilk says:

    The dresses by Boué Soeurs are amazing, these images really captures the beauty of the craft in the pieces.


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