Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Paris Fashion Report 1958

Draped mauve chiffon with trailing back

Two layers of tulle, jet-studded black over light brown, and a high velvet sash

Warp-print satin dress with high bodice, knee-lenght. A narrow band below high ruffle holds the loosely draped back

Gold damaske theater costume with fringe around the waist
{love the dark stockings and black gloves}

Lime satin, high waisted evening dress. Back falls straight

Dark gray flanel with a tiny drawstring above the bloused slightly raised waist. Mohair coat has a wide drawstring belt

Violet tweed dress with wide kimono sleeves and an obi-like band attached to the loose panel back
{Designed by a very young Yves Saint Laurent's and probably one of the first collections he showed after taking over the maison upon the sudden death of Christian Dior}

Left: Violet coat with a high fringed band worn over a red tweed dress {my favorite color combination!}
Right: mauve suit with drawstring above the jacket ruffle
Both wear Laroche's mushroom hats

{McCall's, October 1958, article by Estelle Lane Brent}

Friday, March 8, 2013

The 3-D Dress

This week burlesque star Dita Von Teese made news in her custom designed, fully articulating, 3-D printed dress.  The dress was printed to Ms Von Tesse's exact measurements and has over 3,000 joints, 1,700 different pieces and 13,000 Swarowski crystals.  While made of metal, plastic, and who knows what else, it is said to mimic the properties of material. When disrobed, the carefully placed joints allow the dress to fold in on itself like a regular dress would, and I'm thinking thats probably a very important consideration when staging a burlesque show.

Von Tesse's dress was designed by Michael Schmidt and Francis Bitoni and I believe may be the first of its kind, 3-D ready wear.  But the 3-D process did make the Haute Couture runway in Paris this past January with these outfits from Dutch fashion designer Iris Van Herpen in collaboration with Neri Oxman from MIT's Media Lab.

I still can't quite get my mind around the 3-D printing process (no pun intended) but the innovation is sure to have an exciting impact on science, technology, manufacturing, design and fashion.