by admin on May 26, 2011

wright house

esme did not attend the day-long frank lloyd wright house-tour that had inspired mr. noir to come to oak park.  standing in line for an hour each to see 10 houses with large crowds of people is not her idea of fun!  however, she did participate in 2 truly wonderful house tours (no lines involved).  one was a tour of robie house near the university of chicago.  the other was a tour of mr. wright’s home and studio in oak park.

esme noted that many of the attendees were wearing brands of footwear that were familiar to her from her walking-shoe quest:  naot, arcopedico, mephisto, etc.

esme was comfortable in her black merrell sandals, which she had added to her suitcase at the last minute.  she was very pleased with a pair of white theory linen and spandex (!) pants that she had bought on a last-minute shopping expedition the day before her flight.

anyway, esme picked up a fascinating fashion tidbit on the studio tour.  apparently flw would design a gown for the lady of the houses that he built!  there was a faded photo of the gown he designed for his wife in the 1890’s after he built their oak park home–difficult to see much detail, but it did have a bodice with a v-neck emphasized by a dark triangle (very geometric)—and this  in the midst of victorian times!

esme would soooo like to have a frank lloyd wright-designed gown (not to speak of a flw house)!  she gathers there’s not much information on these creations (good research project for someone??) and must remember to ask her sister roz (who has an architecture degree as well as an interest in fashion) if she knows anything about them!

finding surprises at every turn,



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