Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fashion, Imagination, Possibility

Fashion is a means of self-expression as well as well as reinvention. I can imagine a look; present an image; project a mood; or through the combination of tangibles - color, shape, texture, and intangibles - occasion, setting, memory, bring myself from one emotional state to another.

I love this photo, of model Lisa Fonssagrives wearing Lucien Lelong on the Eiffel Tower, photographed by Erwin Blumenfeld for French Vogue in 1939, because it captures the essence of fashion - imagination, possibility, and sheer delight.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Dress of the Day is Back!

It's been a long time since I've done Dress of the Day, mostly because I've been posting my performances of Debussy's Syrinx every day on my Syrinx Journey blog. I have missed Dress of the Day, and did integrate some fashion from Debussy's time into that project, but now I'm back with purely fashion.

Here are a few dazzling selections from Vintage Textile, a company which sells vintage clothing from various periods.

Worth dress (c. 1890)
From the lifetime of Charles Frederick Worth

Tulle, gold metallic, and silver bead fishtail hem dress (c. 1925)

Mario Fortuny velvet stencilled jacket (1930s) over Peplos dress (c. 1920)
One of the most sought after designers of the period, known for his evocations of ancient Greece and the Renaissance

Chanel (c. 1937)
Numbered Chanel couture in cascades of fine lace = incroyable!

Howard Greer (c. 1950)
Open backs are dramatic.