When I first saw looks from Rodarte's Fall 2011 collection, I remember being especially impressed with this gown. The entire show had an overwhelming Americana feel, but this one took that theme so much more literally yet still remained modern with its elegant draping and silhouette. When I see this dress, I think of visiting South Dakota and climbing hay bails. I haven't done that since I was 9, but somehow the memory for my still has a romantic sense to it. It reminds me of exploring through woods and fields and imagining what it would be like to live in a different time.
I picked up The Civil Wars' debut album Barton Hallow shortly after it was released. I consider myself to be an avid Contemporary Folk listener, so it was no surprise that I was quite fond of this album. But no track has taken by breath away quite like "C'est la Mort". It's all about an unconditional love that will never die - one of the most beautiful notions there is, really. The repeated phrase "please, don't go without me" hits me every time.
This song and that dress being the standouts within an incredible collection make it only fitting that they be paired together. And of course the Americana translates through both as well.
Listen to the song here.