Right now Blighty’s bricks are getting smothered in cascades of the purple, chandelier like blooms of the wisteria…
WISTERIA MOMENTS IN POT CULTURE
In Japanese Kabuki theatre of the early 19th century, the ‘Wisteria Maiden’ (Fuji Musumè) caused a sensation, performed by ‘Onoe Baiko VII’, the Fred Astaire of his day.
The ornate tumble of wisteria was not missed by the 20th century Art Nouveau movers and shakers, one of Tiffany's most renowned lamps was modelled on the purple bush.
The word ‘wisteria’ was never tossed around more in telly mags and living rooms than in the noughties when ‘Wisteria Lane’ became the home of those naughty - and ‘Desperate’ Housewives.
Stephen Jones and Rei Kawakubo of ‘Comme des Garçons’ showed their love for the trickling buds a few years back when they launched their fragrance, ‘Wisteria Hysteria’.