Inspiration

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by Ruth February 16, 2015

I am pretty excited to reveal what I’ve been working on the last two months but there are just one or two details to finalise… I’ve been clocking 15 hour days (and weekends – sorry kids) to create our new website  so I haven’t been as present as I would like here. Mea culpa!   […]

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Inspiring me this week, Porcelain and the bad boy of ballet Sergei Polunin

by Ruth February 10, 2015

Porcelain. It seems my inspiration this week echoes the pureness of the landscape around me, everything blanketed in snow, clean, blinding, beautiful. First up, this video of Sergei Polunin’s improvised dance to “Take Me To Church” by Hozier (directed by David LaChapelle) just blew me away, it is incredibly beautiful – wow! I also loved the […]

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Ama – women of the sea, hypnotic series photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

by Ruth February 4, 2015

Ama means literally “women of the sea” or “people of the sea.” I just adore these beautiful, strong, women. I discovered this series from photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki (born in 1904 in Onjuku in eastern Japan) he documented a 2000 year old tradition that has sadly disappeared since the 1960s, the female Ama divers of the […]

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Les Petits Bonheurs – Brenda Colling

by Ruth January 30, 2015
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I don’t know why it took me so long to get into Instagram but now that I am, it has opened up this entire world of creativity, collectors and artists.  I get such a kick when I find a ribbon without documentation and now know enough to take a stab at the epoque and ribbon […]

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The story of a dress, by Visionnaire & Refinery 29

by Ruth January 28, 2015

Just on foot of the beautiful images from Raf Simon’s Christian Dior show featuring our familys haute couture grosgrain ribbons, I discovered this wonderful film which gives us a delicious glimpse into the making of one dress, “Look #53″. I loved discovering the haute couture ateliers, from the dyers (teinturiers) to the ateliers Gérard Lognon (plissers […]

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Raf Simons’s couture for Christian Dior collection, embellished with Julien Faure ribbons

by Ruth January 27, 2015
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Wow I am just swelling with pride for our family ribbon company. Suzy Menkes just wrote a wonderful review of his show which featured ribbons from Julien Faure. Suzi Menkes writes “…As the models walked down the scaffolding ramp set, you could tell that each stripe, each decoration –  were works of art.” Here are […]

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Travel back in time to the Rome of Piero Tosis youth

by Ruth January 26, 2015
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Just love the romance of this era of film-making, oh to have a time machine to travel back to the Rome of Piero Tosi, Visconti’s Costumier. andiamo….

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The Rescued Film Project

by Ruth January 22, 2015
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I’ve gotten myself bogged down into web developing and designing a new website for my new business, The French Muse, so I am conscious that I’ve been less present here and on instagram. I can’t wait to unroll my new project for you, it is really really exciting! Meanwhile, it’s not all CSS coding, sometimes […]

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This & that, the call of the deep blue ocean

by Ruth January 19, 2015

I think you know how much I love glimpsing inside creative spaces, where do they make, how do they make, what do they surround themselves with for inspiration, is their desk as messy as mine? yes – it’s fine so I’m not outside the norm kind of thing. So when my friend Kathleen Hackett forwarded […]

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Les Petits Bonheurs – Claire Lee, painting with sound.

by Ruth January 16, 2015
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In 2012, a few months shy of welcoming Charlotte into the world, my friend Corey Amaro wrote a lovely piece about Rubanesque on her blog, Tongue in Cheek and all of a sudden I started to recieve messages from women from all around the world. Words of encouragement and support, shared tales of antique textiles […]

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