I just got this book called "The Golden Age of Couture". I highly recommend this book. There are so many beautiful gowns portrayed and also a lot of information about the designers of this period even a peek at sketches. This book takes on historical perspectives and even some personal stories. I can see this book as a definite asset to anyone's collection of fashion history.
I wonder why Amazon doesn't allow a peek inside because it certainly would help sell the book:)
Note: Images below are not a part of the book.
Images below from Time/Life archive 1951.
I found this image fascinating. Workers beading a couture gown 1951-
Designer Jacques Griffe
One of the things that I find intriguing (in general of the early 50's late 40's) and very interesting is the use of angles in outfits of this period, especially suits. It certainly takes on an artistic form when looking at the images. I think that having the photographs in B&W also enhances the use of form as our eyes are no longer bombarded by color. I'm going to do a future post on dramatic angles in clothing styles of this period.
Paris Spring Fashion 1951
Jacques Fath gowns February 1951
Look into a Paris showroom February 1951
Dior fashion show 1951
Balenciaga Spring 1951