Friday, June 11, 2010

Sleek and Supple Jersey Dresses - 1973

The use of knit fabrics in clothing experienced a surge in popularity starting in the late 1960s. Couture designers preferred to work with knits in natural fibers, such as silk and rayon, but synthetic knits in polyester and nylon were also very popular with consumers. There's nothing quite like the fluid and graceful movement of a soft knit as it hugs your body. Here, some examples of supple, sultry, and slinky jersey knit evening dresses from 1973.

Yves St. Laurent rayon jersey

Bill Blass

Halston silk and rayon matte jersey

Morty Sussman for Mollie Parnis Boutique orlon jersey

Shannon Rogers for Jerry Silverman dacron jersey

Photos by Bob Richardson for Bazaar except #2 which is an ad from the same magazine.