Marie Cecile Thijs

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Cat with White Collar V

Modern Art Print on Diasec
90 x 90 cm
(35.4 x 35.4 in)
Signed, numbered and dated on affixed label on reverse. Other sizes available.

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White Collar

'White Collar' is an autonomous photo project of Marie Cécile Thijs, which she started in 2009. The models are 'wearing' a 17th-century antique ruff collar that belongs to the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Because this collar is so delicate and rare, it was photographed by Marie Cecile Thijs - separately and under special conditions - in the Rijksmuseum and was later digitally added to the models.

Photos Girl with White Collar at table and Cat with White Collar are included in the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (NL) since 2010. In that same year, Girl with White Collar was selected by the curator of the photo museum Chicago for the international Art of Photography Show. White Collar has also been awarded in the IPA 2011 (International Photography Awards), the Hasselblad Masters Competition 2010, and became a winner twice in the Masters Cup 2013, category Fine Art.

About the ruff collar (information by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam):

'This collar is made of particularly fine batiste or cambric. As the name suggests, the material originally came from the Flemish town of Kamerijk or Cambrai. It was introduced to the Northern Netherlands by the Flemish refugees who arrived in the late sixteenth century. Haarlem weavers specialised in the fabric. Because of its shape, this kind of collar was known as a millstone ruff. These became fashionable in the second half of the sixteenth century under the influence of the Spanish rulers. Early millstone ruffs were starched with regular pleats. This collar, however, is looser and less tidy. It is of a type that was popular with young, fashionable men around 1615 to 1635. This is the only surviving pleated ruff in the world.'

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