Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dress of the Day - July 31, 2011

Dress of the Day: Hardy Amies, Suit (ca. 1951). I'm returning to my feature on suits with this lovely example by British designer Hardy Amies. He is known for his fine tailoring and association with the royal family as dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth II. He designed the Queen's gown for her Silver Jubilee in 1977, which he described as "immortalized on a thousand biscuit tins." He also designed for the British government during World War II and uniforms for service industries.
The silhouette looks akin to contemporaneous suits by Dior, Balenciaga, and Fath. The big pockets and chunky buttons give this suit a town and country feel, which I happen to love. Together with overcoat, hat, and brolly - the wearer is ready for an afternoon of splashing about in London rain and fog.

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