Monday, August 22, 2011

Party Clothes - 1958

I always enjoy looking a pictures of vintage party clothes.  I know it's still summer, but the holiday party season will be here before we know it.  Have you started to think about what you'll wear this year?  These designer garments are all from Fall/Winter 1958.  The photos are by Richard Avedon.

Mainbocher white satin dinner dress with cut-away armholes.  To wear with it, a pink floral silk ottoman coat lined in quilted white satin.

Deep yellow satin dress with a huge bell shaped skirt by Balenciaga.

Also by Balenciaga, a fuchsia satin ball gown with a lace bodice.  I'd love to see this gown full length to see the shape of the skirt, wouldn't you?

Pink silk moire fashions a strapless bubble dress by Givenchy.  Love the way the bodice is knotted!

Givenchy uses pink again, this time a deep magenta satin, for this dinner coat.  Note the stand-away collar which would become hugely popular in the early 60s.

I love all these garments, but I must confess that the dark stockings with light shoes looks a bit jarring.  It wouldn't be my choice!

12 comments:

Renata said...

I love those!! Can't even pick a favorite. Thanks for sharing!

Erin said...

Love the coat! I have a pattern that is very much like thisthat I'm hoping to find time to sew in the coming months.

Miss Rayne said...

Love the coat and the moire bell dress, it looks so simple but I bet it isn't

those tricks said...

beautiful!

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

OMGoodness I would love to make a coat like that....but using cotton canvas in white or cream! ooh la la!

ciao bella

creative carmelina

fashionoverfifty said...

All the dresses are just gorgeous! And you are right; styling today would be different. But I have to say the lighter shoes were quite unexpected.

Shelly said...

I really love the coat but not so sure about the light coloured shoes either.

WeirdRockStar said...

I lovelovelove EVVERYTHING in that topmost picture. Hair, makeup, dress, shoes. Everything.
I so could see me sewing a dress like that...
Good vintage garments are a source of endless inpiration to me.
I just wanted and needed to pop in to say hello and thank you for your blog. I can´t imagine how many hours it must take for you even on monthly basis to come up with this endless array of fabulousities. This blog is one of my most visited ones, even while moving and wrestling with cardboard boxes. Yet class and style never fails to freshen the soul and sences.
Over here at Northern Hemisphere we already have a full blown fall and I must admit- I was glad to have to dress up in thick stockings with my daily doseage of skirt and a matching scarf. But you go ahead and enjoy the summer what you have left!

Sara said...

Amazing dresses, so pretty and unique, I adore the second one, the Balenciaga, its unbelievable and the model is so pretty and unconventional! Your have a lovely blog and I'm a new follower! Hope you'll like my blog and follow back!

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Ayana said...

So very precious! It's so hard to pick a favorite.

Anonymous said...

The bell dress is very pretty. but may i ask how these images are copy written to this blog? if you didn't photograph these yourself and didn't buy the rights to them, the claim to have a copy right to them is a crime in itself?

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

There is no copyright symbol next to the name of my site. To answer your concerns, I have spent thousands of dollars over the years on the vintage magazines and books here in my archive. Yes, I don't own the images, but I DO own the magazines and books they come from. Placing my watermark on the images is in no way intended to imply that I am "taking credit" or "claiming copyright" for the image itself. But it does signify that I did the work to find it, scan it, research it and upload it for my readers to see. Stealing of images and text is rampant on the internet and I often find my scans and writing elsewhere with no attribution to me. Hopefully with my watermark on the images, readers who find my work elsewhere can figure out where it originally came from.

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