Backstage at Givenchy’s First Collection – Spring 1952

Givenchy---NR-Farbman-Model Bettina - Life Magazine 1952

The Bettina Collection takes Paris by surprise – In memory of model Bettina Graziani – died March 2nd 2015. To Americans attending Paris Fashion Week for the Spring collections, the time hardly seemed propitious for anyone to be opening a new house – least of all for a youngster without too much money. High costs …

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Deauville – The Town where Fashion went on Holiday


The Parisian Riviera in photographs – 1910 to 1940 F.Scott. Fitzgerald mentioned Deauville in “The Great Gatsby” as a place Tom Buchanan and Daisy visited on their honeymoon. It is the birthplace of Chanel’s career in fashion. It’s proximity to Paris made it the go to resort for French high society. In 1913 Coco Chanel …

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1940’s Technicolor Fashion Film during the Blitz

Here we present the latest feature on our archive Vintage Fashion channel on YouTube.A beautiful 1940s fashion feature in lush color shot by the great cinematographer Jack Cardiff – this rare piece of film is provided by the British Council. Jack Cardiff is best known for his influential colour cinematography for directors such as Powell …

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The Top Paris Designer Dresses of 1954


What were the ‘must have’ dresses in 1954 ? –  1950s fashion report for – originally published by L’officiel-de-la-mode examines the spring /summer gowns from Christian Dior, Hubert Givenchy, Jean Patou and Jean Desses and Jacques Fath. Silk pea stone dress by Hubert de Givenchy. Already very summery, this dress is printed in scarf. The …

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The Queen’s Couturier

Norman Hartnell’s fashion sketches for the young Elizabeth 11- From his jaw dropping engagement dress worn by the young Princess Elizabeth in 1948 to the 1953 Coronation dress and beyond, the name Norman Hartnell was synonymous with Royal glamour. 1950s Fashion History – from “My interest with fashion began with a box of crayons” …

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1950s Fashion – Actual Color Swatches of Dior and Balenciaga

Forty-five 1950’s couturiers featured in archive style forecast magazine. 1950s Fashion from According to FITs excellent style blog Material Mode, back in the 1940s and 1950s, L’Officiel de la Couleur des Industries de la Mode and their sister publication, Cahiers Bleu, served as fashion trend forecasting publications for the fashion industry. Several pochoir prints …

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Charlotte and Jane – The Latest Rage in Elegance

An exclusive video showcase of the Irish Kinsale based vintage style design label. Recently Charlotte Cargin and Jane Skovgaard of Charlotte and Jane visited Ruths Pharmacy in Letterkenny in Donegal and Charlotte assumed the role of mannequin, rather spectacularly I might add, for our little vintage fashion video presented here. Charlotte’s a natural when it …

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Charlotte and Jane – Silks, Seams and Silhouettes

Exclusive in-depth interview with the co founders of the Irish Vintage Style Design Label – Charlotte and Jane   Charlotte & Jane – Silks, Seams and Silhouettes. Every year at the London fashion week – quite a noticeable proportion of designers showing have come through the cloistered halls of Central St Martin’s ( ok – …

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1960s Fashion – Pattie Boyd models Mary Quant -1966

1960s Fashion Shoot -Pattie Boyd models Mary Quant -1966 Originally published in the iconic American sixties fashion magazine Seventeen, this Mary Quant fashion shoot featured model and Beatles girlfriend Pattie Boyd. 1.A Mary Quant rayon crepe navy mini dress with acid green bands. Pattie is seen here with actor Tom Courtney 2. A similar Mary …

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