Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Paris Couture - 1938

Let's get back to our series on Paris couture from the 1930s.  Today, a look at evening gowns from 1938.  Which is your favorite?

Mainbocher uses gold lamé for the bodice of this bias-cut gown.  The matching cape is completely lined in lamé as well.  What an entrance maker!

Callot Soeurs gown in heavy Duchesse satin.  The bodice is red and the skirt is gray.  The waist and shoulders are covered in diamante rhinestones.  Note the corded hem.

Madeleine Vionnet halter gown in black silk velvet accented with red and purple flowers.

Lucien Lelong blue velvet one-shoulder gown with sapphire buttons down the side.

Germaine Lecomte strapless gown in red tulle with red and silver lace insets.

Nina Ricci black and gold velvet.  Note the perfect placement of the gold diamond design.

Marie-Paule black silk taffeta gown with rows of ruffles adorning the skirt.

9 comments:

Anna | Mormor hade stil said...

They are all amazing but the diamond design by Nina Ricci is awesome.

Erin said...

Love the buttons and the drape on the Lelong blue velvet.

fairyfiligree said...

the taffetta dress looks like unusual fun - the issue is - if I had one just like it, where would I wear it to?

Anonymous said...

I choose the Lelong blue velvet for my favorite. As previously posted by Erin, the drape is gorgeous. The dress has a sophisticated elegance.

Anonymous said...

i THINK THE RUSTLE AND SWISH OF THE TAFFETA WOULD GET ME AS FAVORITE, BUT WITHOUT THE ITCHY RUFFLE ON THE SLEEVES!

Mandi said...

I love the Lucien Lelong. If I made it for myself I'd chose red.

deang said...

Except for the bustier-looking bodice of the Lecomte, they all almost seem to have a 70s-style natural bust, i.e. the breasts aren't pushed up or exaggerated but seem to be in a natural position. I know they wore girdles and corsets in the 30s to control the waist, but they didn't seem to want to alter the breast shape like designers would in the 50s and recent decades. Would've gone against the long, sinuous lines, I guess.

BaronessVonVintage said...

The Nina Ricci all the way. WOW!

fabriquefantastique said...

all timeless

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