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Silk taffeta, chiffon, and net "Butterfly" ball gown (back detail) by Charles James, American, 1954. The Butterfly’s enormous skirt is held in place at the rear with two structured side wings made from nylon mesh, plastic boning, and horsehair.
The butterfly pins are a bit over the top but I rather like the spirit of this dress. It showed up in Harper's Bazaar in January of 1942, so it was just after war was declared but just before clothing rationing was put in place. Obviously this look was adopted once again after the war. Now to get a skirt like that.
Silk taffeta, chiffon, and net "Butterfly" ball gown by Charles James, American, 1954. James originally designed the Butterfly for Mrs. William Randolph Hearst Jr. at the price of $ 1,250. Made of pleated silk chiffon and twenty-five yards of nylon net, this version weighs eighteen pounds. Its most notable features are structured side wings and a back bustle skirt. Only five examples of the Butterfly are known to exist.
by Louise Richardson - Fragile and exquisite, self-contained and safe. Richardson’s work is absorbed with process; the putting on and taking off of things, of discovery and investigation. From a stock of hoarded goods the artist builds a library of resources to draw from. (have put the link to the website back rather than the blogger page more interesting that way)