Evening dress with tiered chiffon skirt, American, ca. 1929. Made for movement & dancing. Three layers of silk chiffon cut with handkerchief hem, with many points hanging down from substantial width of beading. Above this floating base, bodice hangs smooth & straight. Silver bugle beads & rhinestones. Smith College Historic Clothing
Evening Dress, Gustave Beer: ca. 1919, silk tulle with bead and rhinestone embroidery, bead fringes, lamé under dress. "Through the brilliant surface ornaments and straight silhouette of this dress, people could have foreseen the coming 1920s. The scale pattern or 'seigaiha' (blue ocean waves) pattern seen on this dress was used repeatedly in the 1920s as a popular motif of the Art Deco school, whose proponents favored geometric figures..."
Detail of collections 1910s | KCI Digital Archives
1950's Vintage Beach Chic Swimsuits, A group of southern belle models sunbathe on the beach at Cypress Gardens theme park in 1953 near Winterhaven, Florida, Getty Images - http://www.gettyimages.no/detail/news-photo/group-of-southern-belle-models-sunbathe-on-the-beach-at-news-photo/106541360
1920's Beaded Flapper Dress. Silver and iridescent sequined fronds and steel beaded vines expertly frame the shoulders and neckline and captivate as they flow through the torso. The bead and the sequin decor makes this dress an art deco masterpiece. Back
Yves Saint Laurent “Mondrian” dress, 1965. From the collection of The Museum at FIT. #FakingItFashion #YSLhalston Yves Saint Laurent’s “Mondrian” dress is one of the most famous examples of a designer “borrowing” from the world of fine art. Saint Laurent strategically placed each individual shape on this dress, in order to achieve what Harper’s Bazaar described as “assertive abstraction, a semaphore flag, sharply defined in crisp white jersey, perfectly proportioned to flatter your figure.”