Before it came time to design Jeanette’s costume for Cornelia’s garden party, I had seen Stevens' Summer
at the Francine and Sterling Clark Art Institute. I went back. Perfect! On Jeanette’s budget, it had to be modified—among other things, fewer ruffles—but I loved the suggestion of a color for her, a grayish pink, ash rose, rose cinders (Cinderella at the ball?).
For an actual dress at the Victoria and Albert Museum that is somewhat similar, click here
and look at the second dress on the second row.
For a large selection of French fashion plates from the 1870’s at the New York Public Library, click here
For Griselda Pollock's discussion of Stevens' paintings of the four seasons at the Clark, click here