Monday, December 28, 2009

Random Stuff in No Particular Order

First, don't miss out on the fabulous giveaway I posted yesterday. Go sign up!

As you know, I spent the weekend cleaning out my office bookshelves. I found so much great stuff I want to share with you I don't know where to start! Hence the mish-mosh of random stuff today before I get back to the subject at hand. While cleaning, I found this gorgeous ad my mom sent me several months back.

The 1947 ad is for the fabric, Bur-Mil (Burlington Mills) rayon faille crepe. The designer of the dress is not credited in the ad, so I can't tell you who it is. They simply call it a "petal-hipped occasion dress that is featured by fine stores throughout the country".

What I can tell you is that I would love to get my hands on this dress. As a student of fashion design, I'm very curious to see how this petal effect was accomplished. I can't tell if the petals are separate pieces sewn into seams, or if the fabric is manipulated in some way to give that effect. It's a great dress, though, isn't it?

Moving on to the Fair Warning Department: The US Postal Service is increasing postage costs again on January 4, 2010. At Couture Allure, we've been able to absorb the last two increases, but this time, we will be forced to raise our shipping costs. New shipping rates will go into effect at Couture Allure on January 1. Believe me, I am not happy about this, and I will keep the cost as low as possible, but an increase at this time is unavoidable. All orders placed by December 31 will go out at the current shipping rate.

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about the Fab Over Fifty video that features Jayne Conroy wearing a gorgeous vintage navy suit purchased from Couture Allure. For those of you who couldn't watch the video at the site, here it is!

Finally, a big thank you to Jaynie at Here's Looking Like You, Kid for bestowing the Glamorous Blog Award on Couture Allure. Thanks, Jaynie!


puddin said...

Thanks for posting the ad, and I was intrigued by the video. Looking forward to more"mish mosh".

Sal said...

"Petal-hipped." Love it.

lori said...

well, what a wonderful excuse to go through the site again. What fabulous stuff.

I think my favorite is the Sarmi evening gown in blue and white silk chiffon, although that Richard Tam babydoll, oh la la! Anyway, what I love about the gown from Nan Duskin are the colors and the back of the dress. I love the straps and the streamers from the bow against the blue chiffon. Just gorgeous! Just gorgeous.

Louise said...

Yes, that is a fabulous ad.

Kat said...

looking at that... it reminds me of Leanne from Project Runway... She always did those "waves"... and she managed to manipulate one piece of fabric usually to achieve it...


Anan said...

The petals are sewn into seams, I see them in the picture.

Nicole said...

I love the classic look.

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