Today is the last day for April Genre, where Spyralle’s Art Nouveau Butterfly Comb can be found for only 100L. This round celebrates the Belle Epoque, that glittering period of European culture that began about 1880 and ended abruptly with World War I. It was an era of unprecedented experiment and adventurism in the arts and a churning overturn of social traditions. The Moulin Rouge was at the height of its scandalous fame. Ladies were shocking Society by riding bicycles, wearing harem trousers and demanding the right to vote.
The Art Nouveau decorative style originated in a mid-19th century resistance to Victorian recycling of older European styles and was at the peak of its popularity during the Belle Époque. Characterized by flowing curves and forms “from nature,” Art Nouveau was in many ways a very formal, tightly designed decorative mode, strongly linked to the esthetic introduced by Japanese art coming into Europe and North America in the second half of the 19th century.
The HUD gives you literally hundreds of combinations from 7 enamels, 6 comb materials and 9 gem colors. You can choose a different enamel for the two sections, giving a whole new kind of look, especially if you turn the comb around – the back has the lower “wing” in front. The only parts that don’t change in this version are the metal and the pearls, but you may expect more metal options when the comb reappears at Spyralle’s main store after the event closes, plus an update with pearl options. (Buyers on record will receive the update for no additional charge.)
The choice of materials for the comb base was an interesting exercise in both research and texturing. Ivory and tortoiseshell were both taken from animal species that are now endangered and no longer available legally, though you can still find them in antique pieces. Bakelite, an early form of plastic, was invented in 1910, just barely within the time frame of Belle Epoque, so I had to include it, being both a fan and collector of bakelite jewelry.
The attachment is mod and unrigged, so you can both resize it with your edit tools and move it around to suit your hairstyle. I recommend keeping a totally unedited (including NOT moved) copy so you will always have the default original position, angle and size to work from.
Yes, the comb does coordinate with our Lightbearer headpiece.