Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dress of the Day - July 13, 2011

Dress of the Day: Cristóbal Balenciaga, Suit (1951). The great Spanish designer who based his fashion house in Paris for 30 years was one of the few designers who could make a design into a garment entirely by hand, due to his rigorous training as a tailor since childhood. Balenciaga was particularly known for his suits, though I also love his elegant, dramatic gowns (and featured one a few weeks ago). Along with Dior, he led trends in the silhouette through changing the proportions of the waist, shoulders, and hips in his different collections.
This suit is incredibly elegant, with large bell-like sleeves drawing the eye down the arm to the ladylike black gloves. The waist is slender and defined and the skirt ends below the knee in typical 1950s fashion. Pearl necklace and petite hat over trim updo complete the look.
Where would you go in this outfit: To lunch, to a meeting, a rehearsal, to pick up your kids from school, to shop?

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