Toile Print Dress
French Remedy for Stuffiness.
The 18th-century French aristocracy discovered a wonderful remedy for that heavy, dull, stuffy feeling we all get now and then.
“Toile de Jouy,” they called it, or “twahl,” for short.
Light, airy, printed fabric with scenes of pastoral life, mythology, exotic travel, flora and fauna, verging sometimes on the whimsical.
It provides a gentle uplift to a person’s imagination.
Marie-Antoinette, weary of thick, ornate brocades, couldn’t get enough toile. Made her feel like she could breathe again.
I think it will have a similar effect on you.
Toile Print Dress (No. 2320) in cool brushed cotton with 18th-century print of amaranthus caudatus (foxtail amaranth, love-lies-bleeding) from far-off American tropics; the long, furry flowers are red in real life.
Sleeveless, square-necked dress has full low-calf sweep. Shaping princess seams. 13-button front. Self-tie belt. Goes from casual to chic with no visible effort. Imported.