from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Embroidery.
  • n. In ceramics, a style of decoration first used at Rouen and later at other French factories: suggested by the embroidery patterns of the period.
  • n. plural In music, embellishments or highly figured variations or accompaniments.


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  • "One of the key trends illustrating this is broderie anglaise," says Jaeger's Belinda Earl, "as featured extensively on the Jaeger London runway and also done beautifully at Louis Vuitton in Paris."

    Things we learned from this year's fashion shows

  • If you like the idea of shorter and slightly more flirty, try the White Company's broderie hem skirt (£65) and pair it with white brogues from Margaret Howell (£295) to prevent it from looking too girly.

    How to Wear White Right Now

  • At Louis Vuitton, icy-blue bags and acid-yellow mules complement nipped-waist dresses drowning in oversize plastic daisies and peekaboo broderie anglaise.

    The Look of Spring

  • Nearly always wearing a little blouse with small tucks, fine linen and broderie anglaise, and sometimes a black sateen apron, her delicate feet clad in black boots with buttons.

    'The Life of Irene Nemirovsky'

  • She improves the situation by making Nikolai's room cleaner and more orderly, by attending to every detail of his surroundings, until, at last, we see on the table her broderie anglaise.

    Anna Karenina and La Broderie Anglaise

  • Levin does not understand how Kitty could, instead of indulging intellectual interests, spend her time beautifying the house with her broderie anglaise.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • Morson raises the issue of broderie anglaise (English white-on-white eyelet-like embroidery -- see the example above) on page 70 of the proof copy of his book that I bought.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • I haven't finished Morson's book yet but am rushing to share the following, because embroidery, or sewing, is also for me a symbol of the feminine desire to create beauty in the home and for the family and because Tolstoy's reference to broderie anglaise comes as the stretto in what is to me the most beautiful scene in Anna Karenina.

    Anna Karenina and La Broderie Anglaise

  • So ends Morson's discussion of the image of broderie anglaise in Anna Karenina.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • I like a bright, solid kelly green lately too...or what about a solid color with some texture, like a broderie anglaise?

    Seriously, I am cornering the market on shirtdresses - A Dress A Day


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