The ‘Gismonda’ dress, a nod to Prague’s most famous artist of the Art Nouveau, Alfons (Alphonse) Mucha.
Created in a pale gold French lace, this wedding gown was named for the poster that Mucha designed for Sarah Bernhardt’s appearance in the play of the same name….it was his first of many collaborations with the greatest stage actress of the era, and it was this poster’s appearance all over Paris on 1st January 1895 that first bought him to prominence….
I aquired some first hand Prague Art Nouveau inspiration with a first time visit a couple of weeks ago, and it was a real joy to see evidence of the flourishing of this beautiful architectural period all around, looking up as you walk down Wenceslas Square you can see so many elegant Belle Epoque facades and details, and they sit so comfortably alongside the medieval Gothic and Baroque jewels of the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge.
It’s really worth getting up early to stroll around the square and over Charles Bridge before the crowds get going…..one of my favourite mornings in Prague involved getting up just before sunrise to catch this magical view up the Vltava, and then spending a couple of enthralling hours at the Kafka Museum, re-acquainting myself with another of Prague’s defining sons, and inspiring me to revisit his novels which I have not read since my late teens when I devoured them all within a few weeks.
A sunny October morning was my last in the city, and we climbed up through the orchards of Petrin Hill to the lookout tower for fantastic panoramic views over the whole of Prague laid out below…..