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The Edge Of Love is, at heart, the story of a love triangle. In the middle of it is the poet Dylan Thomas (played here by Matthew Rhys), and it's he who finds himself in love with two women. On one hand, there's his childhood sweetheart Vera Phillips (Keira Knightley), and on the other there's his wife, Caitlin Thomas (Sienna Miller). Throw in Caitlin's husband, William (Cillian Murphy), and you have the basis of a complicated period romantic drama. The best parts of The Edge Of Love prove to be in the build up, with the strong production values really allowed director John Maybury to build up his characters, and get across the setting of a war-torn London.

 

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William Killick: No harm will ever come to you. Not from me, not from anyone else. And while I'm here, no word of mine will ever hurt you.

 

Vera Phillips: Sounds like a vow.

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Vera Phillips: You don't even see me, do you? Dylan! All you've got is stories in your head. Words. And I have to feel real. William... makes me real.

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Fallen Angel is a 1945 black-and-white film noir directed by Otto Preminger, with cinematography by Joseph LaShelle, who had also worked with Preminger on Laura a year before. The film features Alice Faye, Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, and Charles Bickford. It was the last film Faye made as a major Hollywood star, and she did not make another film until State Fair (1962).

 

 

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 The Nicholas Brothers grew up in Philadelphia, the sons of musicians who played in their own band at the old Standard Theater, their mother at the piano and father on drums.

 

By 1940, the Nicholas Brothers  were in Hollywood and for several decades alternated between movies, nightclubs, concerts, Broadway, television, and extensive tours of Latin America, Africa, and Europe.

 

Stormy Weather is a 1943 American musical film produced and released by 20th Century Fox. This musical was considered to be one of the best of its day, with electric dancing and stunning acrobatics.

The 1940s

 

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“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

 

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“Los Angeles was the kind of place where everybody was from somewhere else and nobody really droppped anchor. It was a transient place. People drawn by the dream, people running from the nightmare. Twelve million people and all of them ready to make a break for it if necessary. Figuratively, literally, metaphorically -- any way you want to look at it -- everbody in L.A. keeps a bag packed. Just in case.” 

 

~ Michael Connelly, The Brass Verdict

 

The 1940s

 

Background process plate produced for an unidentified feature film, shot from an automobile driving through Bunker Hill and downtown Los Angeles.

 

“Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.”

 

 

~ Frank Lloyd Wright

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New York in the 1940s

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New York in the 1940s....

This is a compilation of videos showing how the city looked in 40s. You can see the huge development in the city. This video shows famous places and landmarks of New York such as: Empire and Chrysler buildings, Washington Square park, 5th avenue, Broadway, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Central Park.

 

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In the middle 1940s... I heard everyone live. Painting, the theater; everything was happening. It was an exciting time when New York was the place to be.

 

~ Bill DixonIn the middle 1940s... I heard everyone live. Painting, the theater; everything was happening. It was an exciting time when New York was the place to be.

~ Bill Dixon

 

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1930s Fashion : 1930s dresses, 1930s hairstyles, 1930s style

 

Women’s fashion in the 1930s moved away from the daring frivolity of the previous decade and became more streamlined; 1930s dresses in particular revived a subtle and reassuring elegance and sophistication, ushering in a more refined look that lent itself to a romantic, graceful and sleek silhouette.

 


The infamous shorter skirt lengths of the previous decade were replaced in 1930s dresses by a longer, sleek shape with a restoration of the waistline and a renewed appreciation of the bust, enhanced in flatteringly
soft, slim-fitting day dresses, and moulded to the body’s form in the most stunning, opulent, often backless, evening gowns. These were frequently inspired by the screen goddesses and celebrities of the time who had an immense  influence on the clothes of the day  ~ an example being the broad shouldered look favoured by 30s movie stars, and which was present throughout the decade, squaring the shape of dresses, blouses and coats (half a century before the power dressing 80s). Zips became widely used, lower necklines sought attention with v-necks, crossovers, ruffles, scallop-edges or lace accents, while muted and deep colours became popular, as did abstract and geometric patterns in cotton and silks and the new synthetic materials such as rayon.

 

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The day look for 1930s dresses was floaty and delightful ~ sleeves fluttered and flounced; bodices became fitted, emphasising the sleek lines of the torso and the slim waist. Elaborate collars and necklines which incorporated folds, ruffles or draping, and peplums too, became popular towards the end of the decade.  Mid-calf or full length dresses and skirts traced the line of the hips then flared out from the knee ~ and many 1930s dresses fitted this mould and style, focussing as they did on the classic hourglass shape.

 

1930s-dresses.jpgFor ladies who meant business, a well fitting suit was ‘de rigeur’ with an overall more ‘masculine’ look (borrowed from men’s tailoring) which retained its chic essence with slim or slightly flared skirts elegantly pleated, and gorgeous fitted jackets which enhanced the figure. Overcoats were chosen to match outfits and an individual’s unique style but, as today, they were purchased and worn as classic pieces which were often mixed with more inexpensive and ‘fun’ items. Coats in general were smart and usually mid to calf-length, single or double breasted. Wrap coats were also popular and familiar features included roll collars, yokes, shoulder capes, belts and trimmed collars and cuffs. Jackets were smart and fitted, in wool, tweed and leather, while bolero jackets and short, classy capes were also in the style spotlight.

 

Any 1930s woman worth her style credentials knew that elegance extended from head to toe and no outfit was complete without a chic hat. Wide brims were often worn at an angle and pill box hats and turbans would become popular later in the decade, to accentuate the shorter 1930s hairstyles. Short or opera-length gloves in fabric or leather, matched to shoes and handbags, were worn during the day, while adorable fabric flowers or bows decorated hats, collars and bodices.

 

For the most part, footwear of the period carried on where the 20s had left off ~ the stylish Cuban heels, round toed Mary Janes and T-straps with moderate heels were popular, as were flats, pumps and ballet shoes. Sophisticated strappy sandals (often in metallic or mesh) and peep toes came out at night, setting off the most sumptuous, sensuous and sultry evening wear!

 

1930s-dresses-1.jpgNew, opulent materials such as velvet, silk and lamé, enhanced and embellished by sequins, diamonte stones and beads, were used to create luxurious evening dresses that shimmered and shone.  Elegant dresses inspired by the cross cut bias method of innovative French designer Madeleine Vionnet marked a resurgence in the female form with the cut allowing the fabric to drape softly and accentuate body lines. Most evening gowns of this period were cut this way and were ultimately designed to accentuate and flatter the figure to perfection ~ whether svelte or curvaceous ~ cleverly enhancing the often simple, sleek designs.Silk was commonly worn due to its tendency to enhance this form-fitting look, while designers like Coco Chanel began experimenting with rayon to mimic the look and feel of silk. Beautifully draped Empire line dresses were popular but 1930s dresses as evening wear were often backless, with bodices draped, pleated or shirred. Halter necks and plunging necklines were also an alluring addition, while bare shoulders and backs were draped and beautifully accessorised with stoles, boas, capes and embellished shrugs and shawls. Trimming were used on many evening dresses and fabric flowers and bows could be found on one shoulder, on the neckline or Greta-Garbo_20140202-211926_1.jpgon the centre of the waist ~ the most opulent gowns and cover ups were adorned, of course, with beautiful brooches and glittering gems.  As a finishing flourish, achingly chic elbow length gloves in satin, silk, lace or velvet complemented many a sumptuous evening gown.

 


1930s hairstyles saw the 20s bob replaced with modest yet elegant short to shoulder length perms. Finger-waves or soft curls were common 1930s hairstyles, worn with a side or middle parting, and towards the end of the decade women's hair would start to become longer ~ arranged in looser bobs or pulled back in glamorous chignons to reflect the popular styles of the Hollywood icons... think of the 1930s hairstyles of Greta Garbo, Barbara Stanwyck or the iconic platinum waves that were Jean Harlow’s crowning glory!

 

1930s-hairstyles-3.jpgThis was truly a decade of pioneering design, innovative shaping and cutting-edge chic as seen in the broad, exaggerated shoulders and slim, sleek lines that defined womenswear. Prominent designers such as Madeleine Vionnet and Elsa Schiaparelli rewrote the design book ~ Vionnet’s new bias cut and handkerchief hems were cutting edge (literally) and launched a myriad of evening dresses that dripped and draped with style, opulence and glamour. It’s not surprising that this form-flattering cut has remained a staple of styling and exquisite tailoring ever since. Schiaparelli, along with her greatest rival Chanel, is regarded as one of the most important figures in fashion between the wars. Renowned initially for her knitwear and her surrealist collaborations, she made the zipper popular, strengthened her profile with sumptuous evening wear in luxury silks, and innovated ski wear, bathing suits and the ‘divided skirt’ (the forerunner of shorts).

 

Indeed, although clothing (1930s dresses in particular) would today, in many ways, be considered very ‘feminised’ in style and intention, the ‘in’ shape for women’s bodies was toned and athletic and the increase in outdoor activities to achieve the neo-classical, slimmer figure led to couturiers manufacturing what we now call sportswear or leisurewear. The chief impetus here came from America, and a group of female designers who were determined to liberate fashion from the Parisian embrace, eschewing fussiness and the ornament in favour of choice and versatility to create casual clothing that firmly established the sportswear tradition, leading to the formation of the modern and more casual, informal dress code we know today.

 

However, the 1930s was the decade which blazed a trail, in so many ways, for couture and iconography in clothing ~ and remains the decade where fashion celebrated opulence, style and innovation...a decade which continues to inspire, endure and influence fashion, especially evening wear, to this day.

 

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1930s Fashion ~ Hollywood Style

 "...So while there's moonlight and music and love and romance ~

 let's face the music and dance”

~ Irving Berlin, 1936

 

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There’s much debate about when the silent film era began and certainly the idea of combining motion pictures with recorded sound is nearly as old as film itself ~ but ‘silents’ continued throughout the 1920s until the release of The Jazz Singer (1927), the first commercially successful sound film, which marked the introduction of ‘talkies’ ~ and within a decade, popular widespread production of silent films had ceased and Hollywood’s Golden Age had swept in!

 

This groundbreaking era not only sparkled with the timeless movies we know so well, it also heralded the dawn of the new screen goddesses...Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo were just a handful of the silver screen icons who ushered in a new age of 30s fashion with beauty, allure and sophistication. The glamour of 1930s fashion, epitomised by Hollywood, provided fantasy and escape ahead of the looming depression, propelling new styles into the limelight to replace the 20s Jazz Age look with a revelatory style ‘du jour’ which was to influence women’s fashion the world over.

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30s-Fashion-011.jpgGone was the 20s styling: the ditsy quirkiness of the flapper, the boxy shapes and the loose forms. 1930s fashion brought a more genteel, sophisticated and sleek look that was heavily influenced by the movie stars of the time and lent itself to the most glamorous and gorgeous garments that graced the famous and the infamous, the vamps and the vixens! 

 

The shorter skirt lengths of the previous decade were replaced in 1930s fashion by mid-calf or full length dresses and gowns, with a return to the natural waistline and clothing which was more moulded to the body’s natural form. 1930s fashion favoured a longer, sleeker, streamlined shape enhanced in flatteringly soft, more fitted day dresses, and the most stunning, opulent evening gowns. These were frequently inspired by the screen goddesses and celebrities of the time who had an immense influence on 30s fashion. Fabric flowers or bows decorated hats, collars and bodices, while hats (wide brims, cloches, berets or turbans ~ very ‘à la mode’!) were worn at jaunty angles to compliment all manner of outfits. 30s fashion shoes often carried on where the 20s had left off ~ Cuban heels, Mary Janes and T-straps were the order of the day, while sophisticated strappy sandals (often in metallic or mesh) and peep toes were worn at night, setting off the most sumptuous evening wear which, over time, has lost none of its ability to wow and delight.

 

1930s-Fashion-045.jpgNew, opulent materials such as velvet, silk and lamé, enhanced and embellished by sequins, diamonte stones and beads, were used to create luxurious evening dresses that shimmered and shone.  Elegant dresses inspired by the cross cut bias method of innovative French designer Madeleine Vionnet marked a resurgence in the female form with the cut allowing the fabric to drape softly and accentuate body lines. Most evening gowns of this period were cut this way and 30s-Fashion-30s.jpgwere ultimately designed to accentuate and flatter the figure to perfection ~ whether svelte or curvaceous ~ cleverly enhancing the often simple, sleek designs.Silk was commonly worn due to its tendency to enhance this form-fitting look, while designers like Coco Chanel began experimenting with rayon to mimic the look and feel of silk. Beautifully draped Empire line dresses were popular but 1930s dresses as evening wear were often backless, with bodices draped, pleated or shirred. Halter necks and plunging necklines were also an alluring addition, while bare shoulders and backs were draped and beautifully accessorised with stoles, boas, capes and embellished shrugs and shawls. The bias cut has remained a staple of fashion styling ever since, dressing sultry sirens and irrepressible starlets through the decades. Refined by Galliano in the 90s, it continues to influence modern contemporary design with vintage inspired 30s Noir gowns currently gracing the collections of Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. 30s fashion shapes have also inspired the collections of Valentino, Lanvin et al while 30s-Fashion-30s_20140203-001544_1.jpgembellished evening and daywear continues to be ‘in vogue’. This period’s sleek, sumptuous and stylish fashion influences will always be relevant in modern designs – and rightly so!

 

 

1930s-Fashion-30s-Fashion.jpgThe style and elegance of 1930s Hollywood tells of an era that basked in opulent glamour and is immortalised by the screen goddesses who influenced the fashion of the Golden Age ~ from the luminescent Jean Harlow draped in white and cream liquid satin, to the intelligence and allure of Garbo in all her dark and dangerous glamour, via the evocative and stylised Art Deco elegance, drama and exhilaration coming to life in those unforgettable dance partnerships such as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

 

 

Today, heavenly 30s fashion has been showcased in recent films such as Atonement, Bright Young Things and Gosford Park, among others, and is buoyed by current period dramas, and the vintage 30s inspired wardrobes of modern fashionistas such Gwen Stefani and Paloma Faith ~ and many others who choose true vintage 30s pieces for red carpet events, special occasions and especially for their weddings. 1930s fashion continues to inspire and excite: to wear a true vintage 30s piece is to know why these items endure in the imagination and command their rightful and significant place in influential fashion history.

 

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40s Fashion - Hollywood Style

 

Hollywood ~ a word that conjures up the modern day film industry while forever evoking memories of a bygone era:  the Golden Age of the Silver Screen, decorated by the eternal movie stars who epitomised glamour, style and sophistication and who defined 40s fashion.

 

Rita-Hayworth-40s-1940s-1940.jpgThe end of silent film in the late 1920s had seen the dawn of Hollywood’s Golden Age which took hold in the 30s, ushering in an era of prolific film making which continued to sashay its way through the 40s with sustained style and creativity, carried aloft by the screen goddesses, the vamps and the sultry sirens. These iconic movie stars mesmerised with their performances and epitomised 1940s fashion with their memorable looks and screen personalities:  Dorothy Lamour, Katharine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, Veronica Lake, Ginger Rogers, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth, Vivien Leigh, Ava Gardner, Hedy Lamarr...what a fabulous rollcall. In 1940 fashion would be defined by these film stars, and in the following years, until the 50s, their iconic wardrobes would influence a generation of women recovering from war torn austerity.

 

Despite the hardships of World War II and the utilitarian chic generally espoused by the West, Hollywood stars dazzled in 40s fashion which set the template for so many classic shapes and styles that have become timeless and continue to influence today’s designers and culture. In 1940 fashion, movie star’s hairstyles and make-up, and even their shoes and handbags, were copied by women everywhere.

 

The 40s fashion silhouette accentuated the female form ~ skirts were raised from ankle to knee-length while broad padded shoulders, nipped-in waists and slim lines became typical with square jackets usually worn over blouses or shirts. Later, Dior’s groundbreaking ‘New Look’ collection (1947) would feature more waist-cinching and gorgeously full skirts.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_veronica-lake-40s-fashon.jpgHollywood embraced this and more ~ elegance, glamour and sophistication meant dreamy cocktail dresses and fabulous evening gowns (full or tight), emphasising a sensual silhouette with, often, a dramatic open back. Stoles or cover ups were the order of the day (and night), accessorised with elegant, long gloves in satin, silk, lace or velvet ~ and, of course, diamonds (the bigger the better!). Waves, side partings and ‘peekaboo’ hairstyles ~ à la Veronica Lake ~ were widely imitated. 

 

40s film stars epitomised glamour, elegance and allure, often with a seductive dark side. The wardrobe of the ‘femme fatale’ always had an evening edge, while those who populated the era’s beloved ‘film noir’ dressed to kill ~ courtesy of designers who understood the needs of actresses and their characters.

 

Designer Edith Head understood Barbara Stanwyck’s ‘femme fatale’ in Double Indemnity (1944) and dressed her to impress in expensive jewellery and clothes, classily cut (as if to conceal her amoral intentions) ~ and in a silk jumpsuit, 30 years before it would be interpreted and restyled by Halston.

 

Irene Letz became MGM’s head of costume design in 1943 and turned the antagonist/protagonist colour code on its head by dressing Lana Turner in (almost) all white for her turn as the sultry seductress in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946). Her stunning wardrobe and iconic outfits were all about the form, with clothes that framed Lana’s face and figure to perfection. Her appearance in a turban, high waisted shorts and heels became one of the best known movie entrances ever.

 

40s-fashion-1940s-fashion-lauren-bacall.jpgLauren Bacall, one of the defining style icons of the age, epitomised ice-cool chic and effortless elegance in whatever she wore. In To Have and Have Not (1944), she blended elegant separates with fashion-forward menswear-inspired tailoring that led the way in androgynous dressing, while the evening dress she wore was overtly glamorous ~ slinky floor length black satin, split to the thigh, with defined shoulders to create a structured silhouette and a subtly exposed midriff. Just exquisite.


Another breathtakingly beautiful gown was worn by Loretta Young in He Stayed for Breakfast (1940) ~ a vision of a floorsweeper in black lace that could effortlessly convert to modern day style as a wonderfully wearable and glamorous vampish creation.loretta-young-1940s-fashion_20140123-192630_1.jpg

 

Perhaps one of the most iconic garments from 1940s fashion and Hollywood is that dress worn by Rita Hayworth in Gilda (1946); designed by Jean Louis, the strapless long black satin sheath with side split ~ paired with long, elegant evening gloves ~ has helped to consolidate and define the image of the ‘femme fatale’ while remaining a universal reference for classic fashion in cinema.Claudette-Colbert1940s-fashion-40s-fashion_20140123-195935_1.jpg

Indeed, so much of what we recognise in today’s trends and styling has come directly from 40s fashion and Hollywood:

Androgynous (Katharine Hepburn opted to wear trousers rather than skirts, a statement that ultimately changed the perception of how women should dress ~ and was echoed in the movies to such stylish effect by other luminous stars such as Lauren Bacall)

Belted waists

Crop tops (a very big look in early 1940 fashion)

Decadent jewels, huge cocktail rings (real and imitation)

Floral prints and tea dresses

High waisted shorts

Huge floral corsages (from Carrie Bradshaw via Hedy Lamarr)

Metallics, midi length skirts and monochrome (the latter, worked so well by Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, became a staple of 40s fashion)

Nautical

Pastels

Pleats, zips, ruching

Preppy chic and Peter Pan collars

Shoulder pads (power dressing’s been around for some time!)

Statement headwear

Tailored swimwear

Wedges and wide legged trousers

... and Claudette Colbert looked fabulously decadent in a floor-length hooded pink gown while filming The Palm Beach Story in 1942 ~ a look that has since been given a contemporary spin by, amongst others, Kylie Minogue and Cheryl Cole.

 

 

Like a fine wine, original 40s fashion is a superb vintage which is as desirable today as ever ~ thanks in no small part to the Hollywood icons who lit up the screen and whose timeless beauty and style continues to influence today’s collections and be justifiably referenced in modern trends.

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The 1940s were undoubtedly defined by the hardships and austerity of World War II and by the re-adjustment of the post-war years ~ and fashion was no exception.

 

Europe, and especially Paris, had always been the centre of fashion and had been a great (if not the main) influence on styles and trends, particularly in America. During the war however, many of the Parisian fashion houses were forced to close and the stylish Parisienne and her couture fashion was slowly being replaced with a new definition of what is was to be a young woman: robust and independent with a more active and demanding life.

 

This sea change in the perception of women’s changing, and increasingly independent, roles during the war years, and how they had to adapt to the new mode of austerity, was felt everywhere, particularly in the shortage of clothing. Fewer colours were available (chemical dyes were needed for explosives) so clothing colours became lighter. Due to fabric restrictions, hemlines on 1940 dresses crept upward in both evening wear and day wear, the latter of which was made more and more using substitute materials whenever possible (e.g. viscose and rayon) ~ and waistlines started to be more defined as again fabric was scarce. Materials such as silk, nylon and elastics were hard to find, and wool and leather were also hard to source as they had to be used for uniforms ~ shoes, and even metal for buttons and clasps, were also scarce. Utility clothing in the UK became regulatory ~ garments were slim cut and it became illegal to embellish 1940 dresses with extra embroidery, buttons, or pockets.

 

The UK also introduced ‘Make-Do-and-Mend’, with more sewing at home and outdated or worn fashions being remade into useable garments. Even Hollywood’s studio designers had to follow suit by conserving fabric: “No pockets, no pleats, the less material the better” even on a 1940s fancy dress.1940-dresses-5.jpg

 

1940-dresses-6.jpgDespite the imposition of utilitarian chic and the rationing of fabric, the subsequent metamorphosis of ‘function into fashionable’ found its way into fashion design ~ with super-stylish 1940 dresses being a perfect example. Dresses, and especially the 1940s fancy dress, kept for special occasions such as weddings and dances, were often showed off at special functions and dance halls, which were extremely popular in the 1940s. The seductive Latin rhythms of the Rumba etc were a soothing counterpoint to the turbulence of the war years, and the popular Big Band leaders helped spread the syncopated sound of swing, while the improvisational music of Jazz artists electrified audiences. Dresses with flowing skirts were essential to fashionable dance lovers ~ although these ‘swing dresses’, with their nipped-in waists and sweeping gored skirts, became more popular after the war ended and fabric became more readily available.

 

Wartime day dresses, including the 1940s fancy dress, fell to just above the knee and were practical yet demure: simple, elegant shirt dresses were accentuated with shoulder pads and belted waists, while pretty tea dresses, often in floral or gingham prints, featured short or capped sleeves with v-necks or sweetheart necklines ~ and the ‘princess line’ on 1940 dresses was softly shirred to gather under the bust and create a flattering shape.

 

1940-dresses-7.jpgAs 1940 dresses became shorter to save on fabric, sheath evening dresses replaced the long, flowing and more voluminous gowns of the 1930s and legs emerged as the most prominent and accentuated feature of the early 1940s figure. Additionally, as women's clothing adhered to slimmer designs all over, with tailoring cutting down on fabric where possible, shoulder pads became widely popular, to highlight the boxy look as a way to add interest to the silhouette. At this time the military look grew in popularity, and suits, tailored jackets and trousers, with a more masculine edge, was becoming a very sought after style option. This look took a cue from actresses such as Rita Hayworth, Katharine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich 1940-dresses-01.jpgwho had a significant impact on popular fashion and made the more androgynous look, including tuxedos and tails, very fashionable ~ a style that today is still copied by numerous designers including Yves Saint Laurent, and worn by many celebrities and models including Kate Moss.

 

The ‘Kitty Foyle’ dress (named after a Ginger Rogers character in her film of the same name) was characterised by dark fabric and contrasting light (often white) collar and cuffs on a shirtwaister with short or elbow length sleeves.  As a modest and practical style that could be easily copied or modified, it became popular during the wartime period and has rarely been out of fashion since. It featured in the 70s collections of Jill Richards (also a Hollywood actress in the 40s) and has been adapted by designers more recently in the neo-Victorian ‘gothic’ style, taking its themes of modesty, tradition and monochrome colours of a dark base with a light contrast and applying them with simpler lines.

 

Pencil dresses of the 40s hugged the shape, and highlighted hourglass figures, which were popular at the time, and evoked the cool allure of film noir and the femme fatale. These dresses were considered the ultimate in chic and sophistication, often with square necklines and deep collars, ruching under the bust and a vented skirt (Roland Mouret and Victoria Beckham are just two of the modern designers to have incorporated this iconic 40s shape into their signature designs). 1940 dresses may have had to reflect the hardships of the decade, but their defining styles are as important and influential as ever.

 

1947-Dior-introduced-his-New-Look.jpgAs the world eased into the post-war era and restrictions started to relax, fashion began to reflect the changes. Designers began to look for more elegant and luxurious styles and in 1947 Dior introduced his ‘New Look’ collection as a direct response to wartime austerity. It was a dramatic change from the broad shoulders, boxy torsos and the shorter skirts of the war years. Dior’s revolutionary silhouette featured nipped in waists, peplums and full and fabulous frocks and skirts that flared out to mid-calf length in place of the ‘leggy’ look. The lavish use of fabric and the elegance of his designs appealed to post-war clientele and ensured Dior's meteoric rise to fame; it would reinstate the glamour that many women felt had been missing during the past decade.

 

 

Nowhere was the contrast with the 1940s dresses of wartime more clearly displayed than at the parties and balls of the rich and elite. Fabulous mansions, embassies and stately homes hosted glitzy gatherings surrounded by raised terraces, pergolas, pavilions, bath houses and statues that created the look and atmosphere of a glamorous film set. Here, the great and the good, the famous (and the infamous!) rubbed shoulders with celebrities, royalty and those at the upper echelons of a society still very much defined by finance and class ~ and with this a new style of elite 1940s fancy dress and fashion style was emerging for those who could afford or aspire to it.

 

Cocktail attire, popular in the late 40s, was billed as more elegant than daywear but a step down from formal wear; dresses were made in sumptuous fabrics such as velvet, taffeta, lace, brocade or rayon, often with long sleeves and a mid-calf or knee-length hem and featured elements such as a low-cut bodice, a short bolero jacket, or a frothy skirt enhanced with tulle or chiffon. Additions could include lace or velvet trims, scalloped hems, bows and other embellishments. Stunning satin halterneck prom dresses which enhanced the shoulders and back and caressed the figure oozed style and exuded confidence. Spaghetti straps were also seen on many a cocktail dress and these timeless features are still to be found in modern evening and party wear.

 

1940s-fancy-dress-40s.jpgAs ever, the stylish party set would embrace the fashions worn by the Hollywood stars who dazzled in 1940s fancy dresses ~ dreamy, softly draped evening gowns in silk and velvet and skimmed the floor, were the height of sophistication and elegance, embellished with beads, sequins and huge cocktail jewels, and accessorised with matching gloves and cover-ups. Decadent high necked gowns in sheens and metallics were another stunning option and often featured a draped, open back, while simpler styles were still the height of elegance, made from luxurious fabrics like chiffon with beads and sequins adorning the waist and bodice.

 

Opulence and luxury notwithstanding, a co-ordinated elegance in dress and appearance defined the stand out fashions of the late 40s. Wrap dresses appeared and the gradual change in 1940s dresses would see the emphasis shifting to wider shoulders and hips, accented further by belted waists and the emergence of the fuller skirted ‘prom’ style dress which would become a defining look of the 1950s as fashion continued to evolve and borrow from the previous decade in terms of shape and styling. Dresses in opulent material with corseted waists and swirling skirts to mid-calf led the new decade and as fashion looked to the past, haute couture’s fortunes were revived, creating a myriad of noteworthy designers. Paris fashion had experienced a resurgence after the war thanks to Dior, who would later be joined in the influential design ranks by luminaries such as Balenciaga, Givenchy and Balmain.

 

 

1940s dresses ~ in all their guises ~ have undeniably influenced many of today’s designers and continue to evoke, inspire and flatter; this ‘decade of two halves’ is certain to remain as stylish as ever thanks to its timeless creations that defined a generation.

 

 

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“…Blue kid gloves and half-boots, a high-standing collar trimmed with lace, a muslin cravat, narrow lace ruffles at the wrists, and a tall-crowned hat, with a peak over the eyes, and a plume of curled ostrich feathers completed her dashing toilette…”

 

 

~ The Grand Sophy, Georgette Heyer

 

Jane Austen’s pride and prejudice, set during the turn of the nineteenth century, is filled with sharp observation, romance and regency charm. The characters call to the reader, beckoning us to enter a world of fascinating and interwoven relationships with each turn of the page. The fashion of the nineteenth century also holds much nostalgic fascination for us. The lavish evening ball gowns, the empire line day dresses in soft muslins, and of course the winter jackets, capes and long duster style coats have us longing for an era of vintage style that epitomises a simple and refined sophistication. You can just envision the Bennet sisters strolling through the rolling hills of the English countryside in their muslins and silks, with their cropped jackets, or shawls, looking elegant and beautiful together against the endless green and verdant landscape.

 

 

During this era, women's clothing, was generally very thin, especially as thin muslin dresses were so popular during this period, and so outerwear and winter jackets and coats were very important to any fashionable heroine’s wardrobe. A short cape called the mantelet was often favoured, as was the redingote which was a long coat with an elegantly cutaway front. The Indian shawl was popular also, for day and evening wear, both outdoors and indoors as English town houses and the typical English country house were generally very draughty. Shawls were made of soft cashmere or silk, or even muslin for summer ~ and paisley patterns were extremely popular at the time. Short, high-waisted, crop-style jackets which fastened down to the empire line covering the bust were worn often, and added elegance, and some warmth, to autumn or winter ensembles. The cropped style jacket is still, today, a very popular winter jacket, especially in leather  ~ and in the 19c, these short fitted ‘spencers’ in wool were worn considerably outdoors, along with long-hooded cloaks, exotic Turkish wraps, mantles, flowing capes, and overcoats called pelisses, which were sometimes sleeveless and very long, reaching down as far as the ankles.

 

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Today as in the past, from the fashions of Elizabeth Bennet’s regency wardrobe to the modern day woman, the best winter jackets combine timeless design and quality materials to create looks that will last for centuries. So many designs which we see today have filtered down through history, and although adapted throughout the years with each passing generation, many garments of today still have their origins in a past era or historical context.

 

If you’re looking for the best winter jackets to add to your winter wardrobe, riding jackets, and the longer riding coats, offer the best choice, being, warm chic and incredibly elegant. Made in wool, and today often with a mix of cashmere, the riding jacket or coat creates a fitted and stunning silhouette and often has generous cascading skirts, or a bustle style back, and are tailored to fit into the waist, or belted to accentuate the waistline.

 

 

The riding jacket dates back to as early as 1625 ~ and the fashion for riding habits has evolved throughout history creating an iconic look that is still seen in women’s fashion today. In the very gender delineated society which has existed throughout history, women often used riding clothes to challenge formal social mores and gender roles, reworking masculine riding attire to make a statement not only about fashion, but also about their own ability to be physical beings, active and proficient.

 

 

Best-Winter-Jackets-1.jpgBy the 1750s, the skirt of riding outerwear was often shortened dramatically and flared, with special emphasis at the back to drape over the saddle, and this style evolved into the look we love and recognise today as the classic riding jacket. Riding coats and jackets were worn historically as specifically functional equestrian dress, but in the second half of the 18th century, they became fashionable attire as well ~ and in addition to riding they were worn for traveling, walking and visiting. Author Fanny Burney noted that riding habits were being worn to a ball at Bath in 1782. The promenade coat ~ so named as it was used for walking and ‘promenading’ ~ has evolved from the riding coat, and is very similar in style and fabric, and another very popular choice as one of the best winter jackets or coats to choose for special occasions especially.



The fabric used for making women’s habits could be very expensive and because of the amount of cloth needed, it often cost substantially more than an evening gown. The materials worn for riding from the mid-seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries were easily distinguished from the silks, muslins, and velvets of fashionable evening wear. Equestrian activities, especially in the autumn and winter months, required very durable and robust fabrics such as wool, camlet (a silk and wool mix), felted smooth melton wool, or gabardine ~ and linen or cotton twill for summer. In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, habits were frequently subtly embellished with gold, silver, or later, with woollen braiding, often imitating the frogging on military uniforms. During the Victorian period, women’s riding habits were made by tailors rather than dressmakers and were cut and fashioned with the same techniques from the same selection of fabrics as men’s attire, so as men’s dress became more somber through this period, so did women’s riding habits.

 

 

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Riding attire throughout the ages has always symbolised grace and leisured elegance. It implied that its wearer belonged, or aspired to belong, to the elite horse-owning classes ~ historically hierarchical and elitist though this is, the equestrian look, even today, has always emulated that country estate style refinement. The colours are kept to the palette of classic blacks, greys and dark blues ~ with the occasional addition of the subtle elegance of racing green, and sometimes the heritage influenced tweeds. In the Victorian period, any woman who wore gaudy or overly ornate habits, and thereby making a seemingly ‘vulgar’ spectacle of herself, was in danger of being labeled a shameless ‘fast woman’ rather than a ‘fair equestrienne’. Such was the power of colour and embellishment in fashion.

 

"Equestrian clothes are perfect; streamlined, functional and elegant….”

 

~ Frida Giannini, Gucci's creative director

 

Best-Winter-Jackets-2.jpgContemporary fashion designers continue to rework traditional equestrian motifs and fabrics in haute couture and prêt-à-porter collections. In this context, contemporary riding style costume and fashion is most often used to connote country elegance and traditional elite English style. These early riding styles have had an enduring influence on modern fashion and top designers such as Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren, among others, have continuously modeled their couture winter wear collections after them. “There is an attitude and allure that goes beyond fashion,” the designer Ralph Lauren muses about the equestrian aesthetic, “Its history and elegance are very much in keeping with the things that I’ve always loved. There is the style of the cowboy, and there is the style of the English rider. The cowboy is a hardworking horseman, whereas English riding has an aristocratic sensibility, yet they are both part of my world.”

 

The pieces we love, both vintage and contemporary are body-conscious and flattering with defined silhouettes, beautiful tailoring, with the flared or bustle style hem for jackets and the huge sweep skirts for coats ~ and the intricate, often velvet detailing, to cuffs and collars differentiates riding style wear from other winter looks which are often rather plain, and too often bulky and shapeless. One of the reasons that the riding style jacket is considered one of the best winter jackets is because of the beautiful shape which has proved the test of time ~ as lovely today as it was in past eras. No wonder brands from Ralph Lauren's Polo to Hermès constantly reference this world. The couture designer Stella McCartney argues that the appeal of horses is universal and eternal and says that there is “…Something very sensual about riding…” So if you’re looking for one of the best winter jackets this season, then vintage or contemporary style riding jackets are a fabulous way to look stylish, powerful, sexy and chic, while still staying warm. London Fashion Week this season again proved the lasting power of the riding style as new designs replicated old world fashion. Winter wardrobes looked like they could have been spotted on Miss Bennet herself as she walked with Mr. Darcy in Pemberley.

 

Best-Winter-Jackets-3.jpgThe tweed jacket is another of the best winter jackets available. The textured wool, imitating stately style from the early twentieth century, often appears in blazer designs, and is also seen extensively in riding style jackets, both vintage and contemporary. “After we were married, Ricky and I were shopping in one of those authentic riding stores, and I bought her a boy’s tweed hacking jacket,” recalls Ralph Lauren. “Whenever she’d wear it, other women would say, ‘Oh, I love that jacket.’ That’s when I decided to do women’s clothes. I started with tweed hacking jackets. I’ve always thought they had real style.” Tweed jackets will pair brilliantly and easily with many pieces in your current wardrobe, making them the perfect addition to many outfits needing an autumnal or winter touch and certainly one of the best winter jackets to choose this season.

 

Riding jackets, riding coats and tweed jackets will quickly become staples in your winter wardrobe. Their ability to reappear decade after decade, without much real reinvention to their design, speaks volumes about their intrinsic appeal throughout the ages, and to women today looking for fabulous winter wear. The equestrian style is a look steeped in history and rich with elegant aristocratic associations, and with more than a touch of independent spirit ~ and qualities such as timeless style and sophistication set these jackets and coats apart from other styles, making them the best winter jackets available. 

 

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Biker soul. Bikers and leather jackets

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“In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You're a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame.

 

On a cycle the frame is gone. You're completely in contact with it all. You're in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.”

 

- Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

 

Driving a motorcycle is like flying. All your senses are alive. When I ride through Beverly Hills in the early morning, and all the sprinklers have turned off, the scents that wash over me are just heavenly.

 

- Hugh Laurie

It wasn't until I went to college and I got my first motorcycle that I understood the thrill of speed.

 

 

- Vin Diesel

 

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I really love to ride my motorcycle. When I want to just get away and be by myself and clear my head, that's what I do.

 

- Kyle Chandler

 

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Leather jacket women

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Leather Jacket Women: A Expression of Biker Culture

 

“Every day I'd say I look different. Sometimes I look really formal, sometimes I love the classic Stella McCartney, Chloe Sevigny and Gwyneth Paltrow thing. Other days I like being ‘rock star’ and wearing leather jackets and studs. I love wearing Burberry ~ it’s the perfect combination of formal and punky.”  ~ Ellie Goulding

 

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Couture designers love leather. Rock star and biker leather street wear storms the catwalks season after season, embodying vintage biker fashion and giving it a chic update. Vintage style leather and biker jackets, in varying different designs, compliment both casual day wear and beautiful evening wear ~ from jeans to silk dresses. Biker style’s increasing popularity in the fashion industry is due to the lifestyle that iconic leather jackets represent. Leather jacket women, throughout the eras, and especially biker women, have always worn timeless and iconically sexy and empowering clothing which appeals to each new generation of women. If you identify with leather jacket women and love to look and feel strong and sophisticated, then you are sure to love the trends that promote the evolution of biker style.

 

Biker style is inspired by biker culture and incorporates several trends that can be seen in traditional motorcycle wear. Stud detailing, intricate leather designs, heavy zips, and rough and ready low heel boots have all played an influential role in the creation of the fashion industry’s version of biker style. A quick look at the collections of high-profile designers, such as Burberry, reveal the extensive use of quality materials, including, among others, suede and shearling, to create an edgy vibe that parallels biker style. All Saints is another upmarket outlet where the designers create a new and different take on biker jackets each season ~ distressed leather, sheepskin, unusual tailoring and antiqued metal-wear all play a part in each season’s eagerly awaited, and endlessly reinterpreted, biker style jackets.  Leather jacket women love this new trend, as it compliments their fashion style, shining the spotlight on the biker chic look which they have been sporting for years. Motorcycle style is taking the fashion industry in full force, and we could not be

 

Leather-jacket-women.jpgBiker inspired fashion is more than clothing. It represents a lifestyle of daring ambition, free spirit and independence. Leather biker jackets exude a sense of this empowerment. Leather jacket women are not afraid of being themselves ~ of standing their ground, speaking their mind, of being adventurous and, not least, daring to be unconfined by society’s limiting expectations of what a women should be and look like. There is a real and lasting beauty in the leather biker look, for this very reason ~ because it speaks to the rebellious essence in all women, to be whoever they are, whoever that might be. If you are a leather jacket woman, then you are proudly saying, in your style, in your relationship to the world, that you possess the power within you which enables you to be true to yourself. Biker jackets say this ~ and have done so for generations. Although biker jackets were made famous, iconic and sought after by famous male film stars such as Marlon Brando and James Dean, for example ~ there have been, over the years, hundreds of women, who, although they have not famously starred in movies or modeled for glossy magazines, have nevertheless taken the essence of the iconic biker jacket into their everyday lives and worn them with conviction, and as a statement of their strength and almost political-like assertion that they will remain outside of society’s definition of what women are supposed to be. However leather jacket women choose to wear their leathers,  biker style, sleek, rugged, vintage, cutting edge ~ there is always a real beauty in this strength of conviction and assertion of self. It is a look which women have always admired and craved, partly because of this subliminal message which leather jackets always carry ~ strength, selfhood and societal rejection of conformity.

 

Leather-jacket-women-3.jpgAdding a vintage biker or leather jacket to your wardrobe will open up thousands of outfit possibilities. Vintage leather jackets which incorporate detailing such as belts, studs, patchwork, suede, shearling, zips are the perfect addition to your wardrobe, adding a commentary on the evolution of biker style. If you prefer a modern cutting edge design, then look to designers such as Michael Kors, All Saints, Burberry and Balmain whose designs often encompass the culture of biker style with a new and inspiring angle each season, creating different looks and unique styles.

 

 


Have a look at the leather and faux leather jackets on offer in vintage stores, in markets, in online stores, on eBay, in high street stores, in couture salons ~ have a look and you’ll find a myriad different styles to choose from…and you will fall in love with the one that most deeply reflects to you who you are and who you want to be. Remember that a leather jacket is an investment which will last you for years to come ~ so buy what you love. Find it, love it, wear it…and join the leather jacket women who have discovered the unique elements that leather can bring to their sense of self, and start to recognise the new potential that biker-inspired pieces can bring not only to all your outfits, but to the way you relate to the world. Fashion is sometimes more than just items of clothing. Sometimes, fashion says something about us, and leather jackets, biker jackets especially, say something rather beautifully strong and empowered about us ~ which, regardless of what society might say, is actually the truth of women everywhere.  

 

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Laura Ashley clothing - Theatre of Fashion

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Laura Ashley originally made furnishing materials in the 1950s. She later expanded into clothing design and manufacture in the 1960s. The Laura Ashley style is characterized by Romantic English designs and high quality— often with a 19th-century rural feel — and the use of natural fabrics.

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“What I really love about them... is the fact that they contain someone's personal history...I find myself wondering about their lives. I can never look at a garment... without thinking about the woman who owned it. How old was she? Did she work? Was she married? Was she happy?... I look at these exquisite shoes, and I imagine the woman who owned them rising out of them or kissing someone...I look at a little hat like this, I lift up the veil, and I try to imagine the face beneath it... When you buy a piece of vintage clothing you're not just buying the fabric and thread ~ you’re buying a piece of someone's past.”

 ~ Isabel Wolff, A Vintage Affair

 

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Bohemian Style & Crochet

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Links Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.

 

~ Coco Chanel 

 

 

My dream is to become a farmer. Just a bohemian pulling up My own sweet potatoes for dinner.

 

~ Lenny Kravitz

 

Bohemian Style.

A sweet little film showcasing Bahamian style, Vintage crochet and Hippie fashion.

 

 

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Laura Ashley 60th Anniversary Archive Event

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Laura Ashley (7 September 1925 – 17 September 1985) was a Welsh fashion designer and businesswoman. She originally made furnishing materials in the 1950s.She later expanded into clothing design and manufacture in the 1960s. The Laura Ashley style is characterized by Romantic English designs—often with a 19th-century rural feel—and the use of natural fabrics.

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A special exhibition to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Laura Ashley clothing brand.

When the designer started her line back in 1953, she was unknown, making textiles from a printing press in her kitchen. Laura Ashley gave the world the chaste cotton print maxi-dress in earth-hewn natural colours and a notion of life in a golden age; a pastoral idyll far away from the mad city life.

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“Really, I'm trying to keep things simple.”

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Looking at Laura Ashley's most recent range, I thought this was interesting because it gives you a feel of where Laura Ashley is now as fashion label. But also you can still see the spirit of vintage Laura Ashley behind the modern designs.

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Taking you behind the scenes of Laura Ashley Autumn / Winter 2013 Fashion shoot, set in the salubrious backdrop of South West London. Get ready for the most hotly anticipated season to date, as They delve into the past with There new monochrome archive collection...

 

We don't want to push our ideas on to customers, we simply want to make what they want.

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Indian Designer Dresses

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“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion  is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with the ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” -- Coco Chanel 

b2ap3_thumbnail_indian-designer-dresses-indian_dresses-boho-01.jpgIt takes a skilled eye to see beauty in the mundane and recognize commonplace happenings as a source of beauty. Designers that possess the rare innate ability to draw inspiration from the world around them create fashion that is unmatched in style and charm. Coco Chanel is an example of a designer that understood that inspiration for fashion and beauty can be found in a multitude of untraditional places, resulting in a one-of-a-kind brand that is known for its sophistication. This defining attribute separates Coco Chanel and other brilliant designers from the masses, distinguishing them as original and unique visionaries. Great designers keep their eyes open in every circumstance, searching for the perfect quality of nature or humanity to inspire the newest trends and styles. Past trends may also serve as inspiration for modern pieces. Iconic designers such as Gucci, Missoni, Lanvin, Givenchy, and Pucci have chosen to draw from Indian block prints, a design that originated around 200 A.D., to create glamorous indian designer dresses. 

Indian designer dresses are seen in these top designers’ collections repeatedly, but made their biggest debut in the 70s. During the 1970s, fashion was about cultivating a bohemian chic, relaxed style that promoted hippie bliss. Paisley patterns painted simple dresses with vibrant hues and stand-out shapes, creating pieces that highlighted the woman’s femininity and vibrant personality. The result is the famous, psychedelic vibe that has continued to have an influence on fashion. Paisley is the most popular Indian block print, and is still used frequently in modern fashion. 

Emilio Pucci fashion was made famous for these bold prints and set the standard for creative style. In 1947, Pucci began his designing career, creating skiwear that was photographed by a female friend that worked for Harper’s Bazaar. In the 1960s, Pucci found greater success when Marilyn Monroe became an enthusiastic fan of his designs. Monroe was photographed and even buried in one of Pucci’s dresses. His pieces were made from fabrics covered in swirling floral prints. These indian designer dresses soon became iconic of the Pucci fashion line and modern stars still seek to sport Pucci’s paisley prints. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_indian_designer_dresses_indian_dresses_boho_05.jpgOther designers such as Gucci, Missoni, Lanvin and Givenchy took note of Pucci’s success with prints and decided to incorporate the vibrant Indian patterns into their own fashion lines. The style of the 70s quickly transformed into something bold and undeniably unique. Prints became prevalent, appearing on scarves, dress, and swimwear. Still to this day, indian designer dresses are noted as 70s style gems. Loud prints from Gucci are viewed with awe at formal events, and paisley day dresses by Givenchy are adamantly admired. Both designers used the print on a variety of dress styles, from A-line skirts to drop waist pieces, creating standout dresses. 


Lanvin has recently created a modern take on indian designer dresses, employing the bold print in a block pattern. Solid side panels highlight the historic print, adding an interesting twist on a classic look. The result is a dress that maintains a sophisticated level of drama that all fashionistas crave. Missoni employs Indian block prints in similar ways. Missoni describes their approach to fashion as “a well-orchestrated mix b2ap3_thumbnail_indian_designer_dresses_indian_dresses_boho_04_20131106-233806_1.jpgof references, suggestions and experiences. A contemporary interpretation of fashion heritage.” This quote beautifully summarizes their use of Indian block prints. Missoni has drawn on this fashion heritage from 200 A.D., and interpreted it in a modern way to create a flawless reference to the 70s. The result is fantastic, leaving no room to question their celebrated status when it comes to indian designer dresses. 


All of these phenomenal designers have created glamorous indian designer dresses, proving that these prints are a timeless addition to any woman’s wardrobe. While fashion has continuously evolved throughout the years, indian designer dresses have remained a large part of the fashion industry, proving their ability to remain relevant. The unmistakable print adds a fun pop of color to any dress design, which is why these iconic designers will continue to incorporate Indian block prints into their elegant collections. Gucci, Missoni, Lanvin, Givenchy, Pucci and many other designers will continue to create wearable works of art that celebrate the past of indian designer dresses and press forward into the future of fashion and design.  

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Fashion film inspired by "The Great Gatsby"

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A short fashion film inspired by "The Great Gatsby". The concept for the video plays on time, and how it is to wait for the one you love. How long would you wait?

Forever

Timeless

Beautiful

Romance

Together

Apart

Waiting For...

 

“How did it get so late so soon?” 
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Dr. Seuss

 

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