Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Omar Kiam for Ben Reig, 1949

Could you just die? This stunning ensemble was designed by Omar Kiam for Ben Reig in the spring of 1949. The floral fabric is an Onondaga silk styled by Philip A. Vogelman. The little capelet jacket slips on over a sheer white blouse with pearl buttons. The pearls are echoed in a triple strand choker at the neck. Can you see the ingenious draping of the skirt? Click on the picture for a larger view if you like.

But what about that chair she's standing in front of? Can anyone tell me about it?

14 comments:

Erin said...

Stunning. In all ways stunning.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

I completely agree. I want to be her.

puddin said...

Wow! Chair might be an Eames?

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Could be. I need to find that chair.

Travis Kerr said...

Gorgeous!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Totally agree!

Sal said...

Holy wow. I'd give my eye teeth for that outfit.

Sheila said...

That's amazing - I love the touches of red (what shoes do you think she's wearing?).

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Sal, I'd give my eye teeth to find it and sell it to you!
Sheila, she's probably wearing peep-toe platforms with sling backs. Those were very popular at that time.

Mari said...

I simply love this!!
And I love this blog! I just ran into it and I think I'll be browsing it for the rest of the day!

I'm more than happy to become a follower :)

Love,
-Mari

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Welcome, Mari and enjoy!

DBG said...

I'm watching Dodsworth on TCM right now, and Omar Kiam was the costume designer!

Great blog!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Thanks DBG, and welcome!

KMA Creates said...

What a lovely photograph. I can upon it and this blog while researching Omar Kiam the Designer for a fashion History Lecture. Serendipitously, I am sitting at a restaurant (5 Restaurant in Berkeley CA waiting for my luncheon companion) dressed in 1949, my era! This era was very 'waist-centric' a hard look for the modern figure. I, fortunately, was born with a smaller waist-and have trained it further with merry-widows (not so with the thighs I am afraid) so I have adopted this era as my own. Talk about always getting preferential treatment, the seas part when you dress in this era. I will add though, that by 1947 a platform shoe was slowly fading and by 1949 with for such a New Look inspired outfit the shoe would have been a slightly rounder toe, and probably paired with a demure high heel pump.

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