Somme Slovi's first collection is about 'the grisettes,' well-turned-out young seamstresses from the Latin Quarter of Paris who were mentioned in the 19th-century literature by writers from Baudelaire to Murger. The looks are portrayed through the novels, essays and poems; such as Janin's "Jenny the Flower Girl" essay which tells a story of the girl who sells flowers on the street, and Musset's "Mimi Pinson" Poem which is about a girl who makes clothes from old curtains. Historical details from the 19th century taken as a fracture and combined with contemporary silhouettes.
As the independent female characters of the bohemian subculture, the grisettes created alternative modernity to the bourgeois of Paris by rejecting the authority of the bourgeois customs, work ethic, values, and gender roles.
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