Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Conception Classique de Mode de la Semaine

Late 50s fashion became more architectural and streamlined. Some of the fussier details prevalent since the late 1940s became more subdued, forms came to rely more on sculpting than copious fabric volume. Not that there wasn't still plenty of volume involved! The Dior influence was still strongly felt, but this is also when the more modern Hubert de Givenchy came into his own, reaching prominence through his film wardrobe for Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina, and patronage by prominent families like the Kennedys.

MrMartha presents today a gorgeous design for a tea length gown, certainly intended for after five, but wearable to all but the most formal evening events as well. The princess lines swoop from the strapless bodice to the very full but controlled skirt. Quantities of crinoline petticoats worn beneath the heavy overlay of lace would have ensured the shaping. The addition of the lace Fichu, a capelet tied at the front, gives a distinctly french flair to the ensemble.

The design does owe a strong debt to Givenchy, and MrMartha can imagine it being worn in one of those wonderful 50's musical films, the model in the sketch bearing a strong resemblance to actress Vera-Ellen, star of films like Call Me Madam.