Posts Tagged ‘silk gosgrain’

They don’t make ’em like they used to

Friday, November 30th, 2007

A few days ago, I saw a link to the Golden Age of Couture exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum on a blog. I cannot now remember whose blog it was, so I’m afraid I can’t thank them publicly for pointing out the show. Do forgive me, whoever you are!*

Two of the exhibition highlights scream bride to me, even though they were not originally intended as wedding wear.

‘If a seam is not quite right, that is a matter of life and death.’

This silk grosgrain dress was created by Pierre Balmain sometime around 1950. It’s flouncy, feminine dresses like this one that have inspired me to finally learn to sew. I lust over the vintage dresses on eBay, but I’m a bit bigger than the average upperclass lady who had her heyday in the 50s. Sewing my own is the only solution I can think of.