Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Carolyn Schnurer

Carolyn Schnurer was a well known designer of casual clothing in the 1940's and 50's. She was an American designer who filled the void left by the absence of Paris couture during the war years. She often based entire collections on the fabrics and ethnic designs of foreign countries that she traveled to. She would take elements of foreign dress and adapt them to typical American silhouettes. For instance, her Japanese collection featured kimono sleeves or obi sashes on full skirted dresses. Here, three Schnurer designs.

carolyn schnurer dress, 1954From 1954, a full skirted dress draws inspiration from Europe with its contrasting apron panel on the skirt front.

carolyn schnurer dress, 1949From 1949, an off-shoulder cotton dress with scattered polka dot print.

carolyn schnurer skirt and top, 1949From 1949, a black wool knit tube top is worn with a flocked cotton full skirt. The top came with removeable straps.


Deja Pseu said...

Very Betty Draper. Is it just me, or were "designer" clothes from this era much more wearable than today's iterations?

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

It's not just you. I find most vintage styles more accessible than today's cheap, poorly made garments.

Juliana Leo said...

I have a dress by Carolyn Schnurer, in very good condition. Is there any way to find out the value on this?

Juliana Leo said...

In relation to what Deja Pseu said... I'm not sure they are wearable...but folks did dress up all the time, compared to how they attire themselves now. There were folks who wore housedresses instead of jeans, or pants. Looking at how my mother dressed, she was very slender most of her life. And most vintage clothing I have found are very small sizes. It says something about how women took care of themselves back then. Food was probably not as processed as it is now (which has lead to weight gain and disease). Just saying, that is one thing I've noticed - dress sizes then compared to now. Fabrics were better quality in some cases, and women didn't buy as much, so they took care of what they had longer.

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