Girl in Hyacinth Blue

I just finished reading the novel Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland. The ideas of art, beauty, relationships and history all come together in this story. The Dutch artist Vermeer, known for paintings such as Girl with the Pearl Earring, is at the center of the narrative with a fictional painting known as "Girl in Hyacinth Blue." We follow the lineage of the painting's owners back through history, learning how the painting has been passed along and end at the point of its inspiration.

Painting inspired by the book. Jonathan Janson.

Though the novel and painting are fictional, the story is captivating as the author explores ideas central to our concepts of beauty and love.

Inspired by the landscape of Amsterdam and history of Vermeer's time after reading this novel, I've turned to John Galliano's Spring 2009 Dior Couture collection to showcase the Cavalier period's beauty.

You can read a post from this past summer for more on the real Vermeer and this collection of Cavalier Couture.

Runway photos:


  1. I just loved admiring all of these runway looks... will probably check out the book too, I loved "Girl With a Pearl Earring".

  2. Never did I read "Girl With a Pearl Earring," but after seeing these stunning styles, I am dying to read "Girl in Hyacinth Blue" - sounds amazing. Gorgeous post, as always - you never cease to amaze! :)

  3. Absolutely gorgeous post! Love the mix of art and couture... And Vermeer is one of my favorite artists! There is something so compelling about the light and shadow in his work!


  4. I loved this John Galliano collection, coutuure in it's height!

  5. I'm so glad I found your blog! I love the way you've interwoven this novel with gorgeous pics. Thanks for sharing!
    Sarah :)