April Showers: Under The Canopy Of The Stylish Umbrella

Accessories Of Function:  The Enduring  Umbrella
Accessories Of Function: The Enduring Umbrella

The umbrella. Collapsible protection. Function and purpose paired with stylish appeal. Umbrellas have certainly remained accessories of purpose and function that have endured as a stylish element of protection from nature’s release from the skies above. April showers.

The origins of the umbrella are believed to date back to China during the 11th century BC. Of interest, ancient Egyptian sculptures depict the use of these canopies of protection. Who knew? Interestingly, the first umbrellas were for protection from the sun and are believed to have been formed from inspiration from the canopy of a tree. Offering cool shade from the heat, converted branches of trees, such as giant banana leaves, these canopies of protection would eventually be referred to as “Sun Parasols” and are the precursors of the timeless and enduring umbrella we covet for protection today.

Form, Function & Style:  The Timeless Umbrella
Form, Function & Style: The Timeless Umbrella

The word “Umbrella” was originally derived from the Latin word “Umbra”, which means “Shade”. Of course, the word and its reference would evolve through history. During the late 1600’s and the 1700’s the idea of a waterproof umbrella was established and the distinction between a “Sun Parasol” which offered shade from the sun and an “Umbrella” that offered protection and dryness became distinctly different in purpose. Known first as an “Umbrellow”, from the French word “Ombrelle”, the umbrella would gain its first patent in 1786 in Great Britain. For certain, the history of the Brittish “Rain” umbrella is beyond what I present here. Either way, the concept of a collapsible “circular canopy” supported by “ribs” attached to a “central shaft” would continue in popularization during the 19th century and beyond. For certain, the global market for this canopy of protection who thrive during the Industrial Revolution with Great Britain covering the colonies around the world, including America, with the exportation of these functional objects of protection. A functional item with the sole purpose of offering shelter from the rain that has become an accessory of stylish and key importance in locations that experience nature’s deluge of water from the heavens above…

Gene Kelly/"Singing In The Rain"
Gene Kelly/”Singing In The Rain”

Alas, with the mere focus on the umbrella as an icon of protection and style, perhaps one can not help but think of Gene Kelly and the iconic 1952 movie “Singing In The Rain”. This American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starred Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds and was choreographed by Kelly. Timeless and enduring. Upon recalling this memorable clip from the reels of Hollywood, a simple refrain of cheerful reprise perhaps brings a smile to all of us…

Raindrops. Spring rains. New beginnings that surround us with a renewed exterior world that awaits us. Raindrops from above should perhaps find us “Singing in the rain”. Indeed, it is the umbrella of protection from the raindrops of Spring that my focus falls upon. A visual compilation of images to consider the enjoyment of nature’s elements under the protection of a canopy of the stylish umbrella

Vintage Style:  The Enduring Accessory Of The Umbrella
Vintage Style: The Enduring Accessory Of The Umbrella
Vintage Appeal Of Protection:  The Timeless Umbrella
Vintage Appeal Of Protection: The Timeless Umbrella
Umbrellas:  Collapsible Protection & Accessory Of Style
Umbrellas: Collapsible Protection & Accessory Of Style
Under The Umbrella's Canopy
Under The Umbrella’s Canopy
Stylish & Timeless Accessories Of Function:  Umbrellas
Stylish & Timeless Accessories Of Function: Umbrellas
Function & Shelter With Style:  The Umbrella
Function & Shelter With Style: The Umbrella
The Fashionable Invention Of Function:  The Umbrella
The Fashionable Invention Of Function: The Umbrella
The Stylish Umbrella:  Purpose & Functional Appeal
The Stylish Umbrella: Purpose & Functional Appeal
Fashion's Appeal With Accessories Of Style & Function:  The Grand Umbrella
Fashion’s Appeal With Accessories Of Style & Function: The Grand Umbrella

Consider the style of an element of enduring appeal and protection. An accessory of fashion with purpose and function, indeed. And of the showers of April that lead into May? Experience them with the glorious feeling and awareness that we can “laugh at the clouds” with the “sun in our hearts”. Life and our daily excursions within nature’s surrounds should bring us to find a smile on our faces. Life, nature and the world that surrounds us is beautiful. Especially when protected from the rains of Spring while under the canopy of the stylish umbrella. A stylish canopy, indeed…

Kristin

“I’m singing in the rain
Just singing in the rain
What a glorious feelin’
I’m happy again
I’m laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The sun’s in my heart
And I’m ready for love
Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I’ve a smile on my face
I walk down the lane
With a happy refrain
Just singin’,
Singin’ in the rain

Dancin’ in the rain
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
I’m happy again!
I’m singin’ and dancin’ in the rain!

I’m dancin’ and singin’ in the rain…”

-Gene Kelly

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