When I browse through high fashion magazines, I’m often looking at clothing that I can’t envision myself, or many other women, wearing. I get that high fashion is a lot about showcasing a designer’s skills and creativity, to inspire a trend and/or to be intentionally provocative for an editorial shoot . And I certainly appreciate the artistic, thought provoking aspects of all of that. Some of my favorite photos are in 1960s magazines showcasing the futuristic fashions of designers like Courreges, Paco Rabanne and Pierre Cardin . Many of the outfits featured even back then were also way too avant garde
and expensive for the average woman. But they are certainly delightful to look at.
So when it comes to admiring more realistic looking fashion I have to admit my favorite era for editorial eye candy has to be the the 1950s. When I look at these outfits I can actually picture the clothing on real women, not just models. Yes, even women who don’t have a 22″ waist! They have such a timeless quality to them you can imagine they would look just as stylish today as back then.
These Vogue Magazine photos by Henry Clarke feature what the spring trends were that came out of Paris in 1953 and all were available in better department stores like Henri Bendel, I. Magnin, and Marshall Fields.
Top- Dior’s English garden floral print silk dress with matching coat.
Below- Balenciaga tulip print dress with black dropped waist belt.
Tortoiseshell print short jacket with white linen skirt (left)
Pimento print dress with white linen cropped jacket.(right)
Both by Audrey’s fav designer, Givenchy
Black, White and Polka Dots
Jacque Fath dotted swiss ball gown laced with black satin ribbon
Griffe’s dalmation dot empire chiffon gown.
Long necklace stole in geranium. (love the term “Necklace stole”)
Looser Fitting Jackets
Lanvin Castillo black and white cotton printed suit with velvet collar.
Balenciaga black and white dotted cotton sleeveless “balloon” jacket worn
over a black wool dress.
Patou’s silk and alpaca dress has unusual broken pleating on the front.
Love the jewels on both sides of the neckline.
High Waists and Dior’s Tulip Line
Convinced womens’ bodies should be silhouetted, Dior created his
“Tulip” line. Much more form fitting and/or closer to the
body than his “New Look” designs.
High waistlines. as on the dress below, was another trend seen on many
of the designer fashions of 1953.
Draped gray crepe alpaca dress by Dior.
Charcoal grey flannel dress with white pique collar and boxy jacket by Dior.
Note the bust pocket holding a handkerchief.
Dior’s silk organdy cocktail dress, cut in a slimmer silhouette in the front and deeply pleated in back.
Love the neckline on this one and the jewelled bowknot at the waist with dangling crystal flowers.
Interesting Skirts on Evening Dresses
A chiffon dress with “curly” tiered petal skirt by Jean Desses.
Dior’s black and white silk organdy “Mexico” dress with billowing layered skirt.
Hope you enjoyed my little trip down fashion memory lane!