Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Vintage Fashion Dirndls

Fashion Dirndl Dress:

In the 1950’s a dress with gathered skirt called a dirndl became widely popular.  Originating in Europe, this hourglass fashion silhouette emphasized a full skirted, close bodied dress that closely followed in style many regional costumes.  The term is German and began to be used in the 1930's to describe a fitted dress with gathered skirt. Popular fashion influenced by this folkwear, were often made in authentic cottons and challi prints.  They became popular following the rise of Dior's New Look in 1947.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Lilli Ann: 1955 Jacket, a Closer Look at the Diamond Details

The Lilli Ann label carries with it an aura of mid-century feminine mystic. While photos of jackets with that label are easy to find, close up details are not often shown. This example is a well fitted short body suit jacket in a silhouette that was popular during the early and mid-1950's. I have seen similar styles with the Lilli Ann label that used the same shades of wool, so it is probably part of a suit collection that was created in the same fabric.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Lilli Ann, 1949 Jacket: A Closer Look at Details and Dates in a 1940's jacket

Lilli Ann 1940s jacket in brown

Lilli Ann suit designs from the 1940's have a distinctly different silhouette from the suits produced in the 1950's. While the longer length skirt is a clue to the era a suit was designed in, often those have been altered to suit current styles. The jacket however will have significant details specific to the 1940's.  I'm slowly listing the best of my collection, and this jacket is a favorite of mine.  Here are some of the details that I think make it a stand out piece.