Bridging Arts

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Iseult sewn into her dress

In Cornwall for the weekend and back to the legend of Tristan and Iseult.
Iseult, about to be thrown on to a burning pyre in punishment for her illicit love, looks pretty stunning (hair falling to her feet, bound with gold net) and dressed in a tunic 'of dark grey silk sewn with small
stitches of gold thread'. Apparently in the Middle Ages some garments had to be sewn on each time they were worn.
Like (they say) the dress worn by Marilyn Monroe when she sang Happy Birthday
to President Kennedy at Madison Square Gardens in 1962.
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