Monday, April 16, 2012

Fabiani Evening Gown, 1955

Alberto Fabiani showed this evening gown as part of his Spring 1955 collection.  Fashioned of white silk faille, the front of the stiff bell-shaped skirt is adorned with coral color floral embroidery.

Alberto Fabiani was an Italian couturier.  He was born into the business and took over his parent's couture house in 1951.  He quickly became known as one of the best of the Italian couturiers.  He was recognized for his beautifully tailored suits and coats as well as his classically styled dresses.  He was a master of architectural design and construction and a leader in sparking new fashion trends.  Many of his designs were copied by American retailers during the 50s and 60s.  Fabiani retired in 1974.