Friday, August 22, 2008

Musette Brings Back Ophelia

Ophelia was Hamlet's doomed lover, and today she remains literature's most tragic beauty. Deceived by her family and rejected by her sweetheart, Ophelia's death was ultimately caused by a broken heart. She was portrayed by some of the best painters of the 19th Century, and while many of Ophelia's portraits depict her untimely death, they also show a beauty that is eternal.

Musette remembers Ophelia through some of Summer and Fall's most romantic looks.

'Therewith fantastic garlands did she make...'
Antoine-Auguste Ernest Herbert's 1876 portrait of Ophelia includes our lady's trademark wreath.

Abbey Lee unknowingly channels Ophelia in a gorgeous summer headpiece.

'Her clothes spread wide, and mermaid-like...'
John Everett Millais' 1852 work proves Ophelia's pain.

The flowers featured in Erin Featherston's fall collection could have been plucked straight from Millais' Ophelia.

'Sweets for my sweet..'

Jules Joseph LeFebvre's portrait of 1850 show Ophelia as a lovely yet lost soul.

Just like Ophelia herself, Rodarte's latest line had a beautiful eeriness about it.