What a Beauty!

Friday, May 26, 2006 0 comments

It's not often that I run into a dress like this - what I like to call "Over the Top". This dress dates to the early to mid 1950's, when tulle confections were all the rage. And what a beauty this is!

Pink tulle is layered over more pink tulle with a lining of pink taffeta. Adorned with silver embroidery, silver beads, and silver sequins, this dress literally sparkles. Add to that the white ribbons that are woven over and under the silver beading, and you've got a real attention grabber! Notice how the skirt side panels are even more elaborate than the front and back.

And all of that embroidery and beadwork? Completely done by hand!

See this dress and more at Couture Allure Vintage Fashion .

70's Bohemian Brilliance

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 0 comments

In the late 1960's, as hippies influenced fashion with their use of antique, folkloric, and ethnic clothing, mainstream designers began to incorporate these styles into their runway fashions. This dress from the early 1970's is an example of the use of folk art in high fashion.

There are no labels, but the designer has used a tablecloth with intricate hand-worked cross stitch as the fabric for the dress. The resulting dress is suitable for evening or entertaining at home.

See this dress and more at Couture Allure Vintage Fashion .

Day to Date

Tuesday, May 9, 2006 0 comments

It's an age old problem...what do you wear when you've got to look professional at the office, but jazzed up for an evening out with no time to go home and change? This vintage 1950's outfit by Jerry Gilden solves the problem in a simple but effective manner. The strappy black fitted dress is perfect for a date. Add the matching overblouse for wearing during the day.

When it's time to transform your look, simply remove the overblouse, pop on some sparkly jewels and those fabulous heels you brought from home! Problem solved!!!

See this dress and more at Couture Allure Vintage Fashion .