02 November 2010

If the glove fits...

Gloves have been worn, as recorded in history, since 400 BC.

It wasn’t until the 13th century that gloves began
to be worn by ladies as fashion ornaments.

In the sixteenth century they reached their greatest
elaboration  when Queen Elizabeth I set the fashion
for wearing them richly embroidered and jeweled.
And for putting them on and taking them off during 
audiences to draw attention to her beautiful hands.

Elizabeth II's gloves
A Paris corporation, or guild of glovers, has existed from the thirteenth century.

A dear friend is packing and flying to Paris next week.
k will be putting on and taking off her monogrammed gloves to draw
attention to her beauty as she strolls along the Seine, sightsees
along the Champs Elysee and walks under the Eiffel Tower!

Bon voyage k!

What kind of gloves will you be showing off as the temps start to dip?
I might have to get this zipper-trimmed pair for me...


pretty pink tulips said...

You're the kind of friend a girl loves to have! Your friend will feel so stylish in the City of Lights with your gifts!!

Privet and Holly said...

Hi Cathy!
Gorgeous gloves
and cool history
lesson : ) !!
Pretty blog, too!
xx Suzanne

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Such pretty gloves--I really like the zipper trimmed ones too. Thanks for visiting today!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Great reminder that I need to get me some new gloves, it's getting nippy down here in Texas!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Alexis said...

My daughter is doing Cotillion and has to wear white gloves...She doesn't think they are all that fashionable but likes that she doesn't have to touch any of the boy's sweaty hands!

I can just picture "K" strolling Paris with her beautiful gloves...

Stitchfork said...

addendum -- no I did not embroider Queen ELizabeth II's gloves! The photo is from Dents of England established 1777 who is the maker of those gloves. http://www.dents.co.uk/pages/history.asp