Thursday, November 20, 2014



"In a romantic and deeply Spanish vein, Balenciaga's Fuschsia
balldress is blown back from a decollete bodice to rustling folds of Shantung satin that graze the floor. A scarf of matching Marescot lace veils the shoulders"


"Balenciaga is chary of color, using ot brilliantly or not at all. The vivid proof: his deep yellow satin dress, drawn high in front at the waist and again at the hem."

Notice the dark hose worn with these formals. Bold.


Givenchy's short evening dress in pink silk moire, "knotted like a bandeau over the bosom and rounded out in soft folds beneath a rising waistline." Velevt hat (probably Halston)from Bergdorf Goodman.


"Mainbocher's mastery of the perfect poised line, heavy cherise satin, so intricate in concept yet so effortless in effect."

"The pointed decolletage counters a wide satin flange dropped to the waist in back above a slender skirt of unpressed folds. Over the dress Mainbocher throws a loose satin jacket with a great collar, a gathered yoke."


Mainbocher's short white dinner dress - the bare armed bodice simply clasped by a bowknot above soft tucks. The full skirt springs forward in deep unpressed pleats. A printed mauve and white silk ottoman coat lined in quilted white satin goes with the dress to dinner.


"Givenchy's dinner coat in an intense depth of magenta satin. An extremely short silhouette extended at the shoulder and lifted high at the waist. The upright collar curves to the neck."

Dovima in Couture
Harper's Bazaar November 1958
Photography: Richard Avedon

... eyes on the fifties at devodotcom

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