Elegance From Another Era – How Would You Wear Them Today?

In 2012, a dress that was designed by Raf Simons was displayed at the Fashion Museum in Bath, England as the “Dress of the Year”. (In Fashion also see A Little Bit of Fashion [Fashion Museum, Bath, England]). This is how he described his inspiration for the dress as part of his collection that shared the same concept:


Photo by Mabalu, Raf Simons for Dior (outfit) own work [CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

“It was an idea of bringing a more dynamic and young element to couture in quite a literal way. By young I do not necessarily mean age. It is about how a woman reacts in our society today.Her grandmother might have been a couture client in the fifties or sixties but what would she do with one of her grandmother’s ball-gowns today? I thought she would literally cut the bottom off and wear it with trousers…I suppose in my own way, the slicing of the ball-gown in two, a gown based on one in the archive, was also the idea of breaking the perfection with a gesture.” (

A couple of weeks ago, I visited the costume exhibition, Design for Drama: Fashion from the Classics at Biltmore House in Ashevile, North Carolina. The 19th century and beginning of 20th century lavish European – esque style of Biltmore House was an ideal place (more…)

Crochet and Lace for Spring [three romantic dresses from Venus catalog]

A couple of weeks ago, I received a catalog in the mail from “Venus”. I don’t remember getting one in a very long time and never really paid attention to it because I found their clothes to be too “extravagant” for my lifestyle. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this time they included some items that I thought they were more conservative. I chose three dresses that kept up with the crochet and lace trend that it seemed to still be going on with the warm weather and appropriate with the feminine and romantic style that I liked.


A Little Bit of Fashion [Fashion Museum, Bath, England]

Every year, a selected fashion expert gets to choose a dress or outfit that will be donated by its designer and makes history as part of the “Dress of the Year” collection at the Fashion Museum in Bath, England. For a complete collection from 1963 to 2015 go to

Kate Phelan of British Vogue will select the dress for 2016. The Dress of the Year 2016 will be announced and go on display at the Fashion Museum during February 2017 (Museum news).


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