Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Luis Estevez - 1960, Part 2

Yesterday, we looked at part 1 of this 1960s multi-page spread of fashions by Luis Estevez photographed in Mexico. Today, the rest of those captivating images featuring cocktail dresses.

At the Paseo de la Reforma, the model wears Estevez' belted butterfly tunic dress in white lace. Sold for $125.00 in 1960 (about $928.00 in today's dollar).

At the Castillo de Chapultepec in Mexico City, the model wears a full skirted dress with a molded bodice in black silk satin-faced organza with embroidery and scalloped edges. Sold for $110.00 in 1960 (about $809.00 in today's dollar).

On the steps of the Basilica de Guadalupe, Estevez black silk chiffon dress with draped hip sash. Sold for $90.00 in 1960 (about $668.00 in today's dollar).

At the National University of Mexico, a black Taj silk cocktail sheath with a side-slashed neckline. Sold for $65.00 in 1960 (about $478.00 in today's dollar). This is my favorite of all the dresses shown over the past two days. Luis Estevez was a genius at designing unusual necklines. In fact, he became known as the "Neckline King" in the trade.

To learn more about Luis Estevez, visit David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary post about Estevez, which includes a reprint of a biographical article from Santa Barbara magazine and lots more photos of gorgeous Estevez dresses.

All photos by William Ward for a multi-page advertisement that appeared in Harper's Bazaar, 1960.