Romanian Blouse Date: early century Culture: Romanian Medium: cotton, metal, glass Dimensions: Length at CB: 23 in. cm) Credit Line: Gift of Gregoire Cavafu in memory of his mother Armenouhi Edirnelian-Cavafu, Romania, 1986 Accession Number:
Yves Saint Laurent - Huate Couture A/W 1981 Collection. The model is wearing the traditional Romanian "ia", considered to be one of the most inconic pieces of YSL. Yves Saint Laurent was inspired by Matisse's painting, "La Blouse Roumaine"
Foreground: The plant-like motifs (flowers, thistle, three-leaf clover) show that this ie comes from an agricultural village. Background: Thread-of-gold embroidered ie, worn on celebrations and special occasions.
The disposition of embroidery on this blouse is distinctly Romanian. Dense bands of geometric motifs over the shoulders and vertical bands below alternating with drawnwork bands are quintessentially Romanian