Giles Deacon’s muse this season was French noblewoman Marquise d’Antin, painted by the 18th Century court portraitist Jean-Marc Nattier. He used the full painting as a print on his long dresses, and took the luscious flower sash worn by d’Antin and transformed it into a trellis design on short cotton satin and silk dresses — some of them with shiny sleeves woven from gold Lurex and blue lamé. Deacon focused much of his attention on tailored daywear, what he refers to as “day-ccasion things,” noting that these shapes are among his best sellers. He also worked in a lightweight Aertex fabric for bodices on dresses and flourishes on the back of jackets.

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