Wednesday, 13 August 2008

The Roaring Twenties, Fashion and Italian Wine

The 1920s have been making a come back on the catwalks with celebrities sporting vintage Art Nouveau (popular between 1890 – 1905) and Art Deco (popular between 1925 – 1939) inspired gowns on red carpets.

Jean D'Ylean created this poster in 1920 in Italy for Marsalla Florio and echoes of it have been seen at the Mobo Awards in 2006 when Mis-Teeq's Su-Elise wore a stunning dress covered in peacock feathers. Nicole Kidman wore a Gucci gown at the Golden Globes in 2005 complete with peacock feather and Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria Parker wore this peacock feather tube dress at Cannes in May 2008.

This year peacock feathers have inspired hair accessories and jewellery as well as clothes. You can find peacock feather hair clips, ear rings, long chain necklaces and retro embroidered dresses and ethnic prints.

There are even wines sporting peacocks on their labels: Peacock Family Vineyard in Napa which makes world class Californian Cabernet Sauvignons. Proprietors Chris and Betsy Peacock established their home around the vineyard which lies on the spectacular Spring Mountain in the Napa Valley. The mountain vines have smaller grapes which means that they have to get the tannins soft and fleshy before they are picked. By waiting for tannin development the full potential of the grape is extracted during fermentation.

One other famous Peacock wine hails from Peacock Ridge in New Zealand. Sally and John Ewer both had a passionate love of Bordeaux style wines and a belief that, after years of appreciative imbibing, they could produce a world class antipodean wine in this distinctive style. The Ewers realised this dream at their vineyard in Waiheke Island, New Zealand and have a Silver Medal for their Reserve Merlot 2002.

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