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Luca Giordano 1634–1705, St. Michael, c.1663
This piece by Giordano depicts the story of the Archangel Michael's victory over Satan and the renegade angels, as told in the Book of Revelation. As a Christian knight, St Michael was perceived as a triumphant symbol of the Catholic Church. In Giordano's version, the brightly glowing colour and powerfully thrusting figure of St Michael demonstrate the triumphal nature of the scene.
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Luca Giordano (18th October 1634 - 12th January 1705) was an Italian late Baroque painter and printmaker in etching. Fluent and decorative, he worked successfully in Naples and Rome, Florence and Venice, before spending a decade in Spain.
In 1682–1683 Giordano painted various fresco series in Florence, including one in the dome of the Corsini Chapel of the Chiesa del Carmine. In the large block occupied by the former Medici palace, he also painted the ceiling of the Biblioteca Riccardiana and the long gallery of the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi.
First, the practical benefits. It is a widely held misconception that this thin layer of material is only used for aesthetic purposes. However, a tailor will look at a jacket lining as a fabric utilised to support the garment. You might notice that the very best looking suit jackets have a certain gravitas, weight and shape that anchors the entire look of a suit. You can attribute much of this ‘feel’ to a good jacket lining, which fortifies the structure and adds weight and heft. It may seem counter-intuitive, but the addition of the extra weight allows the garment to better sit along the contours of the body.Half vs. Fully Lined. This is not as simple as a half-lined jacket is a cost saver, it can also be a practical consideration, with half-lined generally being preferred in the warm summer months, and fully-lined for cooler winter temperatures. It is also worth noting that a lined jacket is much harder to crease.
Now to the aesthetic. The jacket lining deftly hides the interlinings, stitching and raw edges. A properly constructed jacket to sit perfectly on the body is quite a complex construction and a lining allows the remaining evidence of that complexity to be neatly hidden. Finally, to the design itself. A flat colour will complete the jacket, but a bespoke lining will make the jacket truly one of kind. Something that only increases the emotional connection the wearer has towards the garment.
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Macclesfield was once the centre of the English silk weaving industry and the world's biggest producer of finished silk. The area has been printing silk for over 300 years and at one point had over seventy mills operating in the town. The town is close to a water supply that passes through limestone, and when used in washing and dyeing it gives silk a uniquely attractive lustre.
Our silk linings are printed at a mill that has been producing printed fabric on the same site for the past fifty years and the process uses water sourced from its own reservoir.
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