There is always so much talk of the 80s imitating the 1950s design aesthetic or the even 40s. And haven't we kind of been reliving the 40s for the past few years? I thought it would be interesting to point out vintage designers using this kind of period inspiration in other ways and going back decades.
We've got a pretty great selection of designer dresses that were handmade by a local unnamed designer back in the 1960s. Several of her dresses have sold already, but there are some great pieces still left and maybe if I am lucky more to come.
I put this set on the dress form yesterday just to check it out. Sometimes the true beauty of a dress doesn't shine until it's on a form and wow did this pop!
I immediately thought of Erte and saw shades of the silhouettes he was so famous for. But on further investigation this ensemble reads very clearly to me as a 1960s Mod version of a Poiret.
Erte and Poiret overlapped in what some refer to as the WWI period and while one was old school and one new, they were both largely responsible for ushering women and fashion out of the Victorian age and influenced designers like Chanel for years to come. Before I go on anymore about the boring stuff... just take a look. It's unfortunately difficult to take pictures of the the front of the window during the day when the sun is out, I suppose there are worse problems. I'll be sure to get some photos of the front posted too.