a short history of peacock blue

FIRST DISCOVERED:  among the Laurentien pencil crayons purchased at Towers Department store. A momentous occasion after years of using generic brands with no pep and loose tips that refused to be sharpened easily.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT? Oh yes. Peacock Blue was head and shoulders above the other colours from the very start. Although Peacock Green and the most yellowy yellow were close behind. (The history of either or both, available on request.)

THE ROLE IT PLAYED: Not insignificant insofar as my choice of fabric for the Grade Seven HomeEc fashion show for which I made a stiff yet somehow baggy pair of peacock blue elastic waist pants (flood length because I ran out of material) and a matching checkered tunic, also stiffly A-line (peacock blue and white with a big Peter Pan collar) made even worse (hard to imagine, I know) with clunky white patent leather shoes and the fact that I went on stage right after Lisa Kiss who took modelling classes. Modelling classes. And who wore a tiny pink mini skirt and a pastel print popcorn blouse. Because having a name like Lisa Kiss was not already perfect enough…

Also used as eyeliner at some point. (the How To: leave for school naked-faced like a good girl then a few blocks along, near the mailbox, set down your binder, unzip your pencil-case, find your mirror and your Peacock Blue and lick the end. Apply to inner eye.)  Lead?? What lead?

Tried it as a nail colour. Didn’t work.


Also this (click).

And a thousand more colours HERE.


10 thoughts on “a short history of peacock blue

  1. Beautiful, Carin! Peacock blue is my favourite colour, too. My mother sewed me the most gorgeous peacock-blue coat when I was a little girl. I can still remember it, right down to the buttons…

    1. What a wonderful thing your mother did! I’ll bet not a lot of kids got their favourite colour made into something as major as a coat. And you still remember the buttons! That says a lot right there…

  2. First time I got to choose (and pay for) my own clothing the colour that grabbed me was plum, immediately followed by lime green … plaid in a wool Jackie O jacket and matching mini skirt. What was I thinking? I still love both colours but don’t wear them together anymore!

    1. Sounds wonderful, Cheryl! I think I also had a mini skirt at some point in a big bold plaid — gold, burgundy and a muted green, I think. Wore it with — what else? — a lime green sweater. Those were the days, my friend…

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