Feminine Mystique

cassattmotherI have always been intrigued with art that focuses on the grace and beauty of the feminine mystique.  I have collected illustrations and prints that depict woman engrossed in the simple acts of daily life; bathing, drinking a cup of tea, ironing, or nursing.  Many artists have managed this pictorial poetry to celebrate the female form, but when my first child was born, I became particularly enamored with the work of   Mary Cassatt.  Cassatt’s paintings of mothers engaged in quiet moments with their children communicate the serenity and strength of the maternal bond.  Her lyrical strokes and gentle lighting convey an intimate visual message.  The rituals of womanhood can be sustained with a sense of dignity and purpose.

Mary Cassatt would have approved of the Elle Macpherson Intimates Maternelle nursing bra (E71-135).  It reflects Elle’s desire to design a maternity bra that satisfies a nursing mother’s practical needs while still maintaining the sensuality and flair of the Elle Macpherson brand.  This best selling bra is created in a soft tactel fabric and lined in cotton for all day comfort. The full coverage, no wire molded construction features a unique drop down cup for easy nursing access and a 6 hook back closure that respects the ever changing figure of a new mom.  Delicate lace trim reminds us that this is still lingerie. Multitasking and femininity are mutually compatible.

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”

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Discussion about this post

  1. jeannette says:

    Ellen, your fervent interpretations of art through lingerie, for all the stages of a woman’s life, is so moving.

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