This pencil skirt is made from fabric custom-printed with Horses, an 1894 oil painting on canvas by Paul-Albert Besnard.
The design is printed onto special paper, and then transferred onto the fabric using heat and pressure. This sublimation process creates a soft, breathable, vibrantly colored material – the pattern becomes part of the fabric, it doesn’t just sit on top of it.
Each pencil skirt is carefully cut and sewn, but with this stretchy fabric it's impossible to control exactly how patterns match up, or don't, across seams. Each skirt is individual.
The skirt has an elastic waistband. It's soft and comfortable, made of a smooth 82% polyester/18% spandex microfiber yarn with four-way stretch. Printed, cut, and sewn in L.A.
Paul-Albert Besnard was one of those rare fortunate artists: He was born in Paris, he died in Paris, and in between he was a success at everything he touched. He was a celebrated artist in watercolor, oil, pastel, etchings. He was awarded prestigious positions and commissions. He painted large frescos at the Sorbonne and around Paris, and the ceiling of the Comédie-Française.
His work was influenced by his travels to India, Morocco, Algeria, Italy, and Spain, and by his attraction to Japanese prints.
Much of his best work is portraits of women, including the lovely series of prints, La Femme, sympathetic depictions of the experience of being a woman.