What I Did Yesterday!1:30 PM
What is "The Golden Age of Couture", I'm sure some of you may be asking? It was the period in fashion history that begin in 1947, that celebrated the end of World War II and the birth of a new [fashion] era. This new decade began with the launch of Christian Dior's New Look that set a standard for dressmaking and high fashion. "The Golden Age" was brought to an end in 1957 with Dior's death.
There were so many breathtaking garments that I felt completely overwhelmed. But I'd like to show you first my favorite dress there:
Silk organdie embroidered with sequins
Silk, silk and nylon net, and a metal zipper
The bias cut pleated bodice along with the full skirt is simply impeccable! As Rachel Zoe would say, "I die!" And even though this dress is from 1951, it could EASILY be worn in 2010!
Silk satin, the dress was embroidered with gilt and silver metal thread
Silk velvet, embroidered by Rébé with pearls, gold thread and cabolochons
As you can tell, I was drawn to a lot of the beaded and embroidered dresses. I was completely captivated by all of the detailed work.
And then there was tailoring...
This suit was part of Chanel's comeback collection in 1954. She challenged the "excesses of couture".
"Femininity had gone too far -- you needed stagecoach luggage to pack your frocks in and ladies' maids to fix the trimmings and petticoats. Chanel simplified clothes to meet modern needs."
- Pat Cunningham, editor of Vogue
And for kicks...
This exhibition was wonderful and I feel as if I've had a course in fashion history! And for a keepsake, I'm ordering the coffee table book from Amazon.com!