Monday, March 31, 2014
The copy from the ad reads as follows:
"The Un-Ascetic Sandal
When you get down to the basics in sandals, you get pretty close to what a 15th century monk wore around the monastery.
Bernardo says even the sandal that's basic enough to be right with bathing suits, party pyjamas and everything in between, doesn't have to be a bore.
These bright shining discs, more at home on the moon than in a monastery, are Bernardo's "Moon Sandals" designed for 20th century people by Eva Sonnino."
You can shop for them here.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Why, then, did Saks chose to print this ad in black and white instead of full color? Yes, the advertising cost would have been higher, but this ad just doesn't convey the dress as it should. Perhaps 1970 was a time of belt-tightening and cutting costs. I find this a lot in the pages of most fashion magazines from this time period. Clothing that should be shown in all its colorful glory is disappointingly printed in black and white. OK, rant over.
I love the way the elaborate beading and braid at the neckline complements the wild print. There is no designer mentioned, so this is likely by Saks' custom design department. Sophie Gimbel had just retired the year before, so I don't know who designed this beauty. I can tell you that the dress was $130 in 1970 (about $787 in today's dollar) and was worth every penny.
Photo from a Saks ad appearing in Vogue 1970.
Monday, March 24, 2014
This two page ad for Rayon fabric from 1956 features 5 different navy blue dresses, all available at Henri Bendel. The hats are by Adolfo of Emme.
Above left: Sheath dress with short jacket by Rembrant.
Above right: Full skirt princess dress by Junior Sophisticate.
Center: Shirtwaist dress by Ira Rentner.
Right: Full skirted dress by Richard Cole.
Which dress is perfect for you? How do you wear navy blue?
Both photos from a 2 page advertisement for Rayon in Harper's Bazaar, 1956.
Friday, March 21, 2014
|Christian Dior, 1951|
|Maggy Rouff, 1951|
|1950, cartwheel hat in the form of a daisy.|
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Photo by Louise Dahl-Woolfe for Harper's Bazaar, 1956.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Photo from a full page ad for Adele Simpson that appeared in Harper's Bazaar, 1956.
Monday, March 17, 2014
|Claude St. Cyr|
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Diana Vreeland was an early champion of the work of Yves St. Laurent, after he opened his own couture house in 1962. In her efforts to bring a more youthful vibe to the pages of Vogue magazine, she featured St. Laurent's fresh take on fashion frequently.
For the cover of the April 15, 1963 issue of Vogue, Jean Shrimpton wears Yves St. Laurent's polka dotted silk evening gown with separate beaded top.
Both images by William Klein for Vogue, April 1963.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
now available at Couture Allure. Check it out to see lots more photos! For another interesting perspective on the styling of this jacket for Vogue, check out Jonathan's post about it on his blog Kickshaw Productions.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Photo from a full page ad for Mooresville fabric in Harper's Bazaar, 1954.