Purple velvet coat, 1895-1900. Medieval-style collar. Entirely covered with dramatic sprays of an English wildflower called Sweet Cicely that are hand-embroidered in yellow and green silk, with petals of white felt.
Don McCullin is one of the greatest war photographers. This is just one of many, many of his images. They are stunning. http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2010/may/22/don-mccullin-southern-frontiers-interview http://www.nytimes.com/1997/10/30/style/30iht-don.t.html?pagewanted=all