Having recently completed my third Chanel style jacket I was personally interested in the legacy these iconic designers have bequeathed us modern day sewers.
From 1967 Balenciaga was creating dresses with raised hemlines at the front – we still use this design ethic today.
Donna Karen drapes?
CB was there first with this gorgeous 1966 silk draped dress – on the right – perfection! BTW, the photo on the left is CB too, not DK.
Stella McCartney – sorry my dear – you are not original
Originally showcased in 1950 made from silk this dress/coat arguably initiates the oversized/cocoon style of 2011A/W collections.
Remind you of something?
Tilton sisters – I fear you are subconsciously inspired by CB: no bad thing in my opinion. I love your designs and am glad I own your Vogue patterns.
You may know already that I have a small weakness for Paco Peralta’s designs and patterns. Just in case you are unsure of this admiration just click on this link and you’ll find unabashed adoration. Well, between you and me he quite recently admitted that his design ethic is similar to Balenciaga’s – drape the fabric; see how it falls; cut to fit. Simple, classic and beautifully fitting clothing.
Dare I… Yes I do… Spanish design is apparently inherent in simple, classic, stylish and timeless design. Peralta and Balenciagia cut from the same cloth? Yes, but different times, different economic influences, different outcomes.
If you are interested in discovering more about Balenciaga’s legacy please visit the following sites for designs and their history: believe me, it’s fascinating and will easily divert you from sewing for 2 hours minimum. Procrastination – I’m giving it to you on a plate.
And please, if you don’t want to read anything but just look at pictures then go to http://www.metmuseum.org/collections/search-the-collections?who=House+of+Balenciaga&ft=*&rpp=60&pg=1 for a wonderful collection of original pieces.
Finally – those of you who guess what garment the pattern piece will morph into will win a prize, a pattern and you chose the item – dress, skirt, jacket, coat, blouse, top, shirt – I’ll select one from my stash and gift it. Post anywhere – needless to say – your answer has to be correct in order to win. I’ll check with you first if it’s something you’d like – we can come to a compromise if necessary.
Emmm – Paco – you are forbidden from entering this competition! Although if I have a designer pattern in my collection that you’d like, I’ll give it to you, even if you guess right or not, ’cause you’re the best living, accessible designer for us amateurs and I know you like Vogue designer patterns.
I hope you all have learned something from this and found it interesting.
Would you like to know more about those designers who have influenced the designs and fashions of today? Send your preferred designers to comments section and I’ll do the work – ’cause I’m not doing sewing at the moment…..