Sunday, 21 June 2009

Our Favourite Things VI.

Vintage Academe’s curator and collection advisor, fashion historian Judith Watt, after lengthy deliberation has chosen the Chinese shawl coat: “This black crepe de chine shawl embroidered with cream flowers has been turned into a coat and has been cleverly cut so the deep black fringing hangs at the neck, sleeves and hem. It was very chic in the early 1920s, and subject of a Vogue feature for ‘the modern Carmen’ in its Late January 1922 issue.”

Judith’s other favourite is the black chiffon evening dress by Lanvin (Shown here teamed with a 1980's Issey Miyake Jacket on shoot last week): “Thanks to the genius of Alber Elbaz, the label has come to the fore of contemporary fashion, but Lanvin is the oldest French couture house in Paris today, and the talent of its founder, Jeanne Lanvin, has always been respected by other designers. It’s a beautiful dress and is an example of her ability to explore decorative possibilities while remaining modern.”

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