Today, Fashionable Reader, I'm do a retrospective on one of my all time favorite pieces, a 1970's polyester black maxi dress. I picked this up in Haight Street in San Francisco, and it's not normally the kind of thing I would go for. Except, of course, that it has a pussycat bow at the neck.
But the fit on the stress is just amazing, it makes me look tall and elegant. Which, with my curvy figure, is a really challenging. It's this crazy polyester fabric, and I imagine it will last forever. However if it does ever die, I have plans to take it to a seamstress and have it remade in other fabrics.
Here I am wearing it three ways. The first image is the most common way I wear this dress, with gold accessories. The second is a steampunk variation that I use when I'm traveling and need both a evening gown and a steampunk costume on the go. The final is the dress with a 1940s style velvet jacket over-the-top.
Well my address is clearly from the 1970sseventies, there is no doubt about that. This style of dress was common in the 1930s. Here I have a retrospective of this dress style for your entertainment. Enjoy.
Teared Black Maxi-Dresses of the 1930s
|Charles James, 1930s The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|Evening Dress Lucien Lelong, early 1930s The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|Coco Chanel, 1933 Augusta Auctions|
|Evening Dress Madeleine Vionnet, 1936 The Museum at FIT|
|Evening Dress Coco Chanel 1937-1938 MET|
And here is a modern variant...
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