The exhibit was grouped together in sets. The first set was coats.
My favorite was the leopard skin coat. It has leather frog closures and sable trim.
Leather frog closures
Actually, I was uncomfortable with this one. My main feeling was “poor kitty” but in a small corner of my brain, I could not deny this 1950’s coat was stunning. I’d wear a faux fur version of this for sure!
The second set compared 1850’s to 1950’s. Both were silk. And I liked both. First up 1950’s. Could easily wear that today.
1850’s bodice with attached overskirt. The under skirt is missing and the mannequin made the modern hoops sit funny. The hoops could have used a petticoat or two as well.
I must have a fabric in this color!
The lace the dressers put at the collar is lovely! And I like the broach as well.
The third set was edging in around the turn of the century. And my favorite was the 1897 Charles Worth Gown designed for Emily Ashford Countess of Warwick.
I once held this dress in my hot little hands. I could have sworn I blogged about it but can’t find it now. Gosh I was happy!
Also in this turn of the century set, was a dress I have blogged about before. A black lace dress from 1900.
It was displayed with wonderful accessories.
The next set was a 20’s theme. Not my favorite era but I can appreciate the work in some of these dresses. Notably in the bead work. From 1922.
Accented with a nice beaded bag.
The next set was two dresses, one from the 20’s and one from the 50’s in mauve.
I liked the 1957 dress.
The final set looked at more modern dresses from the 60’s-2000’s.
Notable to me was the Paco Rabanne metal dress. One must assume some sort of slip was worn under it.
Any of you costume convention folks interested in how this thing went on, here is a back view. Clever idea!
There was a 60’s dress that seemed to be a nod towards 20’s styles. How many beads went into the making of this!
And finally, there was a dress I noticed because it wasn’t crazy. It was from a designer that I think was crazy. Scassi!