The two pieces from the twentieth century in the exhibition represent the fine craftsmanship that is the hallmark of haute couture. While mass-produced ready-to-wear clothing became nearly ubiquitous, the haute couture industry in Paris continued to produce custom made clothing such as this Balmain ball gown and Chanel suit.
The interior this evening gown from the 1950s is as stiff and structured as any of the pieces from the 19th century. The drapery of the bodice has been stitched onto a support that is essentially a corset. The very deep waiststay anchors the bodice into place and ensures that the strapless neckline will not … Continue reading Balmain evening dress, 1958
This wool suit showcases many of the hallmarks of Chanel’s design. The lining is sewn to the jacket and the skirt in parallel vertical lines. These stitches go all the way through to the outside of the garment but they line up so perfectly with the loose weave of the fabric that they are barely … Continue reading Chanel suit of yellow wool, 1960s