Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fashionable Arms: Sleeve Styles

I love what sleeves can do to an entire outfit; the uniqueness and individuality some sleeve design can make the most simple dress very unique and beautiful; unusual in a good way.  I'm so amazed how designers back then put so much creativity and thought when designing the styles of sleeves and where quick to draw attention to any piece of garment.

Elsa Schiaparelli's organdy blouse with voluminous sleeves, 1950's

Balenciaga referred to the sleeves of this 1950's coat as the melon sleeve; falling from a dropped shoulder in folds like the skin of a shar-pei puppy
Model Sunny Harnett wearing large sleeve blouse, 1951

Bettina is wearing an ensemble by Jeanne Lanvin, Paris, 1951               
Model Gigi wearing Jeanne Lanvin 1951, Photo Henry Clarke
1970's Ossie Clarke Design

Givenchy’s “Bettina Blouse” February 1952


Monday, March 13, 2017

Halston: The Designer and His Hats

Halston got his fashion start as a milliner and it was his pillbox hat that Jacqueline Bouier Kennedy wore for her husband's inauguration in 1961, designed while he as at Bergdorf Goodman.  While in charge of the Bergdorf Goodman custom millinery salon, Halston designed some of the most ornate hats ever to grace a magazine cover.

Marisa Berenson modeling tie-died hat by Halston

Halston crowned the great Carol Channing in 1964


Model Marisa Berenson wearing hat by Halston - Vogue,August, 1967

Italian star Virna Lisi finds it hard to choose the one she really wants, May 1964

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Designer Moment: Guy Laroche

Guy Laroche (1923-1989) began as a milliner, first working in Paris, then in New York. He returned to Paris in 1949 and worked as an assistant at Jean Desses for about eight years. In 1957, he opened his own couture house, with the first show being staged in his own apartment. In 1960 he added a ready-to-wear boutique label. Laroche was known as a masterful cutter and tailor.


Caftan dress Guy Laroche, 1971








































Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Vintage 1960's Leather Mini Dress


RARE mustard and olive color leather mini dress from the late 1960's on Miss Sixties Vintage Shop at https://www.etsy.com/listing/483743577/vintage-1960s-leather-mini-dress-free-us?ref=shop_home_active_1








Designer Moment: Jonathan Logan

Jonathan Logan was a popular manufacturer of younger women’s dresses – geared to the young, but not the super trendy, usually classic and dressy. The company was founded in 1944 by David Schwartz as a small company with ten employees. The designer in the early days was Dorris Varnum, and in the late 1950s Jeanne Carr was the designer. By 1966 Jonathan Logan had become one of the largest ready to wear companies in the USA. http://vintagefashionguild.org/label-resource/logan-jonathan/












1960's Hanes Hosiery Ads













Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Yves Saint Laurent Does Afrocentric

In 1967 Yves Saint Laurent’s came out with his African Collections and introduced a collection of “African” dresses constructed from raffia, shells and wooden beads. He made beaded, feathered, tribal patterns so beautiful! 

 A embroidered and beaded mini dress. 
The midriff is bare behind strands of beads, 1967