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Plissés Nouveau - Vintage Magazine Scan

Today I would like to share a page from an old magazine that I bought at the flea market in Paris. It's called "Couture" and this edition is from Summer 1953. I think the text on the front page says that it has six editions per year, but maybe someone can help me translate correctly when I post the front page picture (the colors are so pretty!). But first let's turn to page seventeen and eighteen.

 dress on the far left is by Pierre Balmain, dress on the far right by Christian Dior

dress on the far left is by Pierre Balmain, dress on the far right by Christian Dior

On this page, titled "plissés nouveaux" (which translates to "new pleats" I think) we are shown a selection of the latest fashion, namely all the dresses with interesting pleating!

Of the two large photos my favorite is the one on the right. The one n the left has an interesting hat, and I like the design elements seperately, but somehow all of them together make the ensemble look a little stiff to me. Especially in the shoulder and neck area. Or maybe I'm just too young for it? The one on the right however, ugh, so perfect! The way the pleats open at the hip creates a pattern that reminds me of art deco architecture for some reason... it just looks very geometric, but at the same time so soft and light! And the top is really classic and simple, but the tabs at the shoulders make it a little more casual.

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How amazing is that Jean Dessés dress on the left? SO amazing. The pleats are so tiny! And the buttons at the waist, the seaming at the hip... I think it's very modern in general. Change the collar to a jewel neckline, use white fabric (or a pastel color?), add some bright accents (neon beading?) and maybe replace the buttons with something more geometric and less soft (studs or something?) - Voilà! Also, for some reason I wonder what the dress would sound like, all that fabric must rustle a little, right? Maybe it's more of a "whisper"?

Ok, enough whispering (I don't talk to my clothes I swear...). What I like about the middle dress isn't necessarily the pleating (although pleats in that quantity are always impressive...), but the collar! I have an entire subfolder in my "design inspiration" folder just for collars (they're like pretty frames for your face!), I'll have to share those at some point as well...

On the dress on the right I like how the direction of the pleats changes at the lapel, and the seams on the peplum creates a chevron pattern! The top part would make a cute cardigan or light jacket. I wonder how comfortable it is though, there don't seem to be any seams in the sleeve, might be a little constricting.

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Here the first dress doesn't really appeal to me, but maybe that's just because it looks so casual in comparison to the others! The second dress has another amazing collar! The pleats on this one aren't as visible, but I think it has more pleats between the waist and hips and then it opens up (or maybe the plats are seamed and then open at the hips?)

An the last dress. This one has to be my second favorite (after the whispering one). See how the unpleated fabric wraps around from the back to create pockets? I love the silhouette the contrast of pleated and unpleated fabric creates. The soft neckline compared to the structured pockets, ahh... although you'd have to be comfortable with drawing attention to the hips, and I think a belt is also necessary to keep the whole think from looking to sack-like.

Haha, I didn't know I could ramble on about two pages in a magazine like this, but there you go... hope you enjoyed the scans!

Color: Mint and Red

In the past months I've found myself drawn to the combination of minty blue or seafoam and red, specially dark, warm reds. Clothing, decor, jewelry - anything! 

 this is the image that started my obsession (via  pinterest ) - the sweater looks so soft!

this is the image that started my obsession (via pinterest) - the sweater looks so soft!

I might be wrong, but I think this is more than just a temporary obsession! The warmth of the red with the freshness of the seafoam or mint color, it feels weirdly modern and retro at the same time. In the best way possible!

(click the images below to see the sources)

Posted on February 15, 2013 and filed under inspiration.

Eve, A.D. 2000 - Retrofuturism

The 1930's take on fashion in the noughties:

I saw this video a year ago or so, but stumbled across it again yesterday - so amusing and interesting! And I'd say they were right with some things, even if we don't wear lightbulbs in our hair. Men definitely have telephones on them at all times, but so do the women! Skirts haven't disappeared entirely, but we are free to wear pants! It's quite obvious that the people who made this short film thought that in the year 2000, women would be worrying about nothing else but "catching males", getting married and "finding an honest man", and changing clothes three times a day for "morning, afternoon and evening".

Posted on November 21, 2012 and filed under inspiration.

Art Deco Headwear

A few weeks ago I made a collage of inspiring headwear to stick in my sketchbook!

  1.  Hedy Lamarr  2.   Cleo Viper   3 . a hat I bought on etsy  4.  Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's upcoming "The Great Gatsby"  5.   Love My Wedding Dress Blog   6 . Headpiece from  Preston & Olivia Etsy Shop   7.  Lola the bird headpiece by  Natasha Jane   8.  Greta Garbo

1. Hedy Lamarr 2. Cleo Viper 3. a hat I bought on etsy 4. Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's upcoming "The Great Gatsby" 5. Love My Wedding Dress Blog 6. Headpiece from Preston & Olivia Etsy Shop 7. Lola the bird headpiece by Natasha Jane 8. Greta Garbo

About a year ago, I suddenly realized, that I really really enjoy hats. I have started a small collection ever since, and "vintage hat" is still my favorite search term on etsy :) In addition to clothing, I would love to make a couple of accessories for the Gossamer collection, but unfortunately I won't be able to make beautiful and elaborate hats as above. I'll probably stick to smaller things like hair pins first! Although I would love to take a millinery course... (if I ever live in New York, the first thing I'll do is save up for the millinery course at FIT that Gertie's taking!). I've started practicing embroidery though, so maybe that's something I can incorporate into hair-accessories...

 my hat wall (the pink beaded one from the collage above is not hanging here, it's on ahatstand I made, on my dresser)

my hat wall (the pink beaded one from the collage above is not hanging here, it's on ahatstand I made, on my dresser)

Transient
Transient

I found the hat above more recently, so it isn't on my collage, but itsn't it gorgeous? It's from an etsy shop called "Agnes Hart", but unfortunately it's a little above my budget :)