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Friday, March 4, 2011

Vintage 1950s evening dresses from the V & A collection

The Victoria and Albert museum has a collection of over 1.000.000 works including ceramics, fashion, furniture, glass, metalwork, paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture and textiles. Many of these pieces are available to view online. While the collection is extensive, it is naturally the vintage and antique fashions that are of the greatest interest to me. I have previously featured pieces from the collection here, here, here, here, here and here. The website already features a description and analysis of each item, so it would be redundant for me to do the same here. I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy :)

Beautiful blue scalloped Jean Dessès cocktail dress c. 1951.

Pierre Balmain evening dress c. 1950-1955

Blue Victor Stiebel evening dress c. 1955

Cristóbal Balenciaga evening dress c.1953-4


Cygne Noir (Black Swan) evening gown by Christian Dior c. Autumn / Winter 1949-1950

Black and white spotted evening dress and petticoat designed by Antonio del Castillo for Lanvin c. spring/summer 1957

Pink embroidered evening gown designed by Owen Hyde Clark for Worth London c. 1955
Pink evening dress designed by Jacques Heim for Jeunes Filles c. 1959

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