diaphanous


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diaphanous

(usually of fabrics such as silk) fine and translucent
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The bracelets, necklace, and earrings were all what is called Berlin iron-work; but these delicate arabesques were made in Vienna, and seemed to have been fashioned by the fairies who, the stories tell us, are condemned by a jealous Carabosse to collect the eyes of ants, or weave a fabric so diaphanous that a nutshell can contain it.
She was seated by the open window, dressed n some sort of white diaphanous material, with a little touch of scarlet at the neck and waist.
The water shone pacifically; the sky, without a speck, was a benign immensity of unstained light; the very mist on the Essex marshes was like a gauzy and radiant fabric, hung from the wooded rises inland, and draping the low shores in diaphanous folds.
she said, in a deliberate sweet voice that seemed to clothe her words in a diaphanous garment of impalpable irony.
Why, in Act Two, was the Countess in diaphanous negligee-type glamour, when all other characters were fully clothed, one asks?
And the crucial final scene lacks that shimmering, diaphanous quality that should ideally underscore Daphne's spiritual and physical transformation.
Here is a delightful ghost in grey and diaphanous pale blue who adds a sinuous, sexy, plummy, pouting presence to the mischief that Coward created as her essence.
These are eight full-length portraits of some of the young women from the performance, posed inside the stone niches of the Boboli Gardens at the Pitti Palace, some with frizzy hair and slender, diaphanous bodies, others with blonde wigs in ringlets that recall Renaissance painting (the artist sees them as penitent Magdalenes).
Like the diaphanous material, the dancers should have the same ethereal quality, floating through space.
The walls surrounding the sky-lit Grand Stair are clad in translucent alabaster, creating a diaphanous shaft of light through the building.
For this exhibition, we have brought in textile conservators who can carefully clean and repair the delicate, often diaphanous, fabrics of these historic gowns.
Lyrics are whispered, harmonies diffused and they pluck their various stringed instruments with a diaphanous delicacy.