The Wallace Collection is an art collection in London open to the public, housed at Hertford House in Manchester Square, the former townhouse of the Seymour family, Marquesses of Hertford. It comprises an extensive collection of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries with important holdings of French 18th-century paintings, furniture, arms and armour, porcelain and Old Master paintings arranged into 30 galleries.
“Such a rich variety of museums in London, is it a tribute to fashion or a national feature?”, Kate was walking along the Oxford street turning to Duke and thinking about the most romantic side of the capital of Great Britain – its cultural life. Being a young fashion designer like all her colleagues she was drawing inspiration from art. At this time, she went to The Wallace Collection to plunge into the world of blushing ladies in pink dresses who are kissed by young boys with curly hair behind the door of the father’s office.
“I have to invent something incredible this time…the world is tired of dull minimalistic garments, sports suits with sequins and trainers…customers are looking for real beauty…in clothes they want to feel themselves like gods: all-powerful, free and alluring”, Kate was climbing the stairs to the second floor of the mansion – the former townhouse of the Seymour family which was too cozy to be a museum with nearly 5,500 objects including fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries. There were a lot of beautiful objects everywhere: elegant carpets laid on the floors, and all the walls and ceiling were covered with patterns, rare stones, gold, fabrics, and paintings.
“This is where seek inspiration Anna Molinari, the creator of Blumarine, and Domenico Dolce with Stefano Gabbana”, she thought.
She was observing Dutch and Flemish paintings, such famous names as Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck’s, passed by passionate Italian and Spanish art of Titian and Velazques, and a little longer stayed with magnificent 18th-century French paintings. François Boucher, Fragonard, Poussin, and Watteau took her breath away…
“As Freeman Thomas says, “I’m driven by my passion” and so do i. Despite the fact that something weird is going on inside modern fashion, in my next collection I will follow my heart.
In an age of rococo men and women wore bright colors like today. I will decorate my line in a chic Anglo-French style in colors of salmon or blue with bold stripes or floral prints, in the Baroque rococo extravagance. I will convey the fragility and innocence of female collection and elegance and nobility of male…”
A whirlwind of seductive models of casual wear with a beautiful intricate pattern of the Rococo era swept through her head…