This week I have a dress to share, which I made for myself. This in itself, is a revolution for me, and only happens if I absolutely have the motivation and fabrics available. And time of course.
I was going to a ball last weekend, in the country. I tend to over-dress for these occasions because, well, I love dressing up. No chance should be wasted!
For this outfit I was inspired by Christobel Balenciaga. I went to the Grace Kelly show in Bendigo a few months ago and found my favourite items were Balenciaga's gowns from the early 1960's for the Princess of Monaco. They had a tighter, exquisite silhouette, than the New Look from the forties and fifties. With a high waisted silhouette to the floor in slim line skirts with the fullness at the waist, it's a slight tweak of the dominant 1950's poodle skirt that's been hashed over and over for the last 30 years in the name of "retro".
|The cover of a new book about Balenciaga that I purchased from the Grace Kelly exhibit,|
|Classic late 50's/early 60's line, with wasp waist and full hipline, but a more tapered skirt hem.|
|Balenciaga original: High-waisted silhouette with full gathers at waist,|
|via CountessdeVintage, originally from theFrock.com|
|The Prince and Princess of Monaco, Grace in Balenciaga, via Tacchi e Polpette, shown in colour below.|
|Embroidered Balenciaga bolero, via Tacchi e Polpette|
|Designed for Grace Kelly by Balenciaga, via Tacchi e Polpette|
This dress/ suit above was a knock-out for me. I love the blocked colours, the absolute mastery of tone and texture, the clean lines.
So, moving on, I found a beautiful silk organza at Rathdowne Remnants, embroidered, and ridiculously well priced.
With 2.5m of this amazing stuff, I made a little tailored bolero jacket, and a long skirt along the lines of these above designs, but obviously not approaching any of that kind of elegance or excellence. We mortals can only try.
I put the jacket and skirt with a velvet corset that I cropped from a tiny op-shop dress, which has very amazing brass emboridery on the front. I wanted to get into the "layers of texture" trend thats coming out of Europe for A/W 2013, so the embroidered silk and brass details together were perfect. The revival of extremely beautiful, Baroque -style gold ornamentation, and layers of jacquards, embroidery and lace has really made me very excited this season. If I could have put more gold braid on this outfit I would, but propriety prevents me from doing so.
|D&G A/W 2013, via International Business Times.|
|Dolce and Gabbana A/W 2013, via MYFDBlog|
So here's my homage to Christobel's amazing elegance and foresight.
|Silk bolero and skirt, after Balenciaga.|
|Embroidered silk organza bolero, detail.|
|My pretend Balenciaga bolero and skirt.|