Monday, May 22, 2017
This 1950's newspaper advertisement for suits is a great showcase for fashion designer Gilbert Adrian. This regional ad appeared in 1951 while he was at the very height of his career as a fashion designer with a salon that catered to Hollywood's young and fabulous. The fashion illustration is drawn to capture all of the style details that Adrian was famous for, in a layout that uses two suits in different scale, thus calling attention to the larger image. As was common at the time, the artist is not credited.
Monday, May 15, 2017
This black wool jacket by the California designer Gilbert Adrian represents a significant contribution to twentieth century fashion design. By all of its details, along with the silhouette, this design is a classic Adrian piece. The wide shoulders still reflect the Joan Crawford styling that Adrian would ‘invent’ for her movie characters in the early 1930's, long before Paris showed the wedge silhouette.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Finding a good vintage swimsuit pattern is hard to do. How to sew a retro style swim suit has just been made easier with modern sized Vogue 9255. It seems to offer just the right style for sewing up a two piece bathing suit in a retro style. This vintage reprint sewing pattern is perfect for cottons and quilting fabrics too.
Monday, May 8, 2017
Looking closely at a 1940s vintage jacket by Gilbert Adrian can help us understand its style and silhouette. Originally from a 40s suit, this press photo of designer Adrian’s black wool jacket from 1947 shows fashionable accessories on the model, such as her dark gloves. At that time, hair and hats were often small and fit close to the head for a more modern post-war look.
Monday, May 1, 2017
Valentino, the couture fashion designer, has an amazing website and virtual museum full of beautiful couture fashions and inspirations. The designer's web site shares some great visuals in keeping with the creative traditions of the house, along with press releases, interviews and published articles.
The Valentino Gravani Virtual Muserm with over 5000 photos and documents.
(Have fun with this--and let me know what you liked the best!)