The Edwardian period was a turning point in fashion history; the Victorian ideal of strict, structured dress met the beginnings of a softer, more lighthearted view of fashion. Young people were anxious to shed not only the physical constraints of the “old” style, but also the social mores that up to that time had been intrinsically linked to clothing in general. It was a time of breaking through limitations, both physical and philosophical.
The fashions that resulted from these social growing pains became more flamboyant, with designers trying radically new and different silhouettes, colours, and textures. They broke rules left and right, pushing the envelope of what was considered ‘acceptable’.
Here are several beautiful Vogue pattern sketches and George Barbier drawings, illustrating the contrasting styles of the decade.
Gorgeous sketches from the Bergdorf Goodman archives, showcasing vintage designs from several influential designers of the 1950s and 1960s – Balenciaga, Balmain, Dior, Heim, Lanvin, Schiaparelli, Simonetta, and more.
Once the staple of every 1950s and 1960s sci-fi costume designer’s studio, Lurex is making a comeback hard, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s easy to wear, and adds instant textural interest to any outfit. I love wearing oversized lurex tops or knits with incorporated lurex.
1950s Lurex Pullover Blouse
1970s Tie Waist Lurex Sweater
This versatile fabric comes in both thick and sheer weaves, making it suitable for many types of garments.
1970s Two-Piece Party Set by Pearlette Fashions
Your best bet is to go with a classic shape to balance the novelty of this shiny fabric. Try a simple sheath, or structured shift. Remember, a little bit of sparkle goes a long way.
1960s Black and Gold Lurex Maxi Skirt
If you’re looking to stand out from the little black crowd, choose Lurex!