Friday, August 10, 2012

Fashion Flashback 1951

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


  1. What beautiful images. Thank you for sharing these Joanna.

  2. I love this book so, so much! It was on my wish list for ages, but I never seemed to be able to land a copy as a gift (despite dropping major hints), so last year I used some birthday money to buy a copy and promptly read it the moment it arrived (and numerous times again afterwards).

    Big hugs & joyful weekend wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

  3. Oh I can only imagine how amazing that book must be. Amazon has a great selection of vintage inspired books-love it! The images you chose were outstanding! I agree, the outfits as a whole were very artistic and just visually stunning. That photo of the women doing beadwork is amazing too!! Great post! xox

  4. Oo, la, la!!! These pics are just spectacular. Thanks so much for sharing them with us. I love old Life pictures!

  5. Such damn adorable pictures, I love each one. It is the most insirational.I am your newest follower. I hope you can follow me??

  6. Thank you Jatinda. I have added you:)

  7. Oh I will have to pick this one up, how fab! x