#ThrowbackFashion Helena Christensen, @TheCSchiffer @EvaHerzigova in The Fairest of Them All by @Kayt_Jones for @i_D December 2009

The Fairest of Them All – i-D Magazine December 2009
Photographer : Kayt Jones
Stylist : Pippa Vosper
Hair : Ed Moelands
Makeup : Hung Vanngo
Model : Helena Christensen, Claudia Schiffer, Eva Herzigova

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#ThrowbackFashion Raffia Dress designed by Alexander @WorldMcQueen in Paris, made in Italy, 2000

The Raffia Dress, 2000
Alexander McQueen, born 1969 – died 2010

#ThrowbackFashion Raffia Dress designed by Alexander McQueen in Paris, made in Italy, 2000-2011EN2410_jpg_l

Asymmetrical dress made of black and white “tweed-woven” rayon. The bodice is off the shoulders and sleeveless. The waist is gathered on an elastic band. The skirt flares on one side only and is longer and pointed at the back.

#ThrowbackFashion Raffia Dress designed by Alexander McQueen in Paris, made in Italy, 2000-2011EN2372_jpg_l

Length: 130 cm, Width: 89 cm

also called the “Raffia Dress”

Historical significance: An interpretation of Balenciaga‘s geometrical cut. Interesting new version of British traditional tweed. This dress is also called the “Raffia Dress” because of the physical aspect of the fabric.

#ThrowbackFashion Raffia Dress designed by Alexander McQueen in Paris, made in Italy, 2000-2011EN2373_jpg_l

By deconstructing the dress’s traditional silhouette Alexander McQueen challenges tradition. Here McQueen employs a sculptural shape that while exquisitely constructed, emphasises a disconcerting asymmetry. Thus in McQueen’s hands the dress has moved well beyond a conventional interpretation of a wardrobe staple. McQueen graduated from Central St. Martin’s School of Art in 1992, before launching his own label in 1994. He has developed a reputation for imaginative, bold design, which is combined with an in-depth knowledge of tailoring, owing to the training he received at the Savile Row tailor Anderson & Sheppard.

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#ThrowbackFashion @CTurlington @CindyCrawford @TheCSchiffer @NaomiCampbell, Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour – A League of Their Own by @mariotestino for @VanityFair September 2008

A League of Their Own – Vanity Fair September 2008
Photographer : Mario Testino
Stylist : Michael Roberts
Hair : na
Makeup : na
Model : Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour

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#ThrowbackFashion Evening dress, black silk velvet with diamante and pearl collar, by Catherine Walker @CatwalkerCo, UK, 1994

Evening dress, 1994
Catherine Walker born 1945

Evening dress, black silk velvet with diamante and pearl collar, by Catherine Walker, UK, 1994.-2011EN2396_jpg_l

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This evening dress, made in 1994 by the London couturier Catherine Walker, shows her use of glamour and restrained luxury. Rich, black silk velvet is cut and sewn into a perfect full-length backless sheath suspended from a pearl and diamanté yoke. Both the clinging gown and the Art Deco style jewelled collar were inspired by 1930s evening fashion, but the design is brought wholly up-to-date for 1994 with a dramatic diamanté pendant down the bared back.

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Evening dress, black silk velvet with diamante and pearl collar, by Catherine Walker, UK, 1994.-2006AU2411_jpg_l

This combination of regal elegance and unexpected sparkle clearly shows why Diana, Princess of Wales, favoured dresses by Catherine Walker for nearly fifteen years. The V&A collection also includes the famous pearl-encrusted ‘Elvis’ dress that Catherine Walker made for the Princess in 1989. (see T.1:1&2.2006)

Evening dress, black silk velvet with diamante and pearl collar, by Catherine Walker, UK, 1994.-2006AU2410_jpg_l

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#ThrowbackFashion Bondi by Donna Trope for @VogueAustralia October 1998

Bondi – Vogue Australia October 1998
Photographer : Donna Trope
Stylist : Jillian Davison
Hair : na
Makeup : Christopher Ardoff
Model : na

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#ThrowbackFashion Kiss of death, black satin bonnet with pheasant feathers, designed by Jo Gordan, Britain, 1994

Kiss of Death – Bonnet, 1994 
Jo Gordan, born 1967

#ThrowbackFashion Kiss of death, black satin bonnet with pheasant feathers, designed by Jo Gordan, Britain, 1994-2008BU3447_jpg_l

Jo Gordon has taken the traditional structure of a poke bonnet to extremes. The long, menacing feathers project forward over two feet in a tunnel-like brim, which almost obscures the face. Gordon initially trained as a fine artist, studying sculpture at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen. She then undertook a two-year millinery course at the Royal College of Art. After 1995 Gordon branched out into knitwear, an area in which she continues to specialise and experiment.

#ThrowbackFashion Kiss of death, black satin bonnet with pheasant feathers, designed by Jo Gordan, Britain, 1994-2008BU3474_jpg_l

Dimensions
Height: 170 mm, Width: 240 mm, Depth: 700 mm

#ThrowbackFashion Kiss of death, black satin bonnet with pheasant feathers, designed by Jo Gordan, Britain, 1994-2006BC8675_jpg_l

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#ThrowbackFashion @LaraStone – Lara Fiction Noire – @VogueParis February 2009 by @SKstudly

Lara Fiction Noire – Vogue Paris February 2009
Photographer : Steven Klein
Stylist : Marie-Amélie Sauvé
Hair : Jimmy Paul
Makeup : Peter Philips
Model : Doug Porter, Lara Stone, Travis Hanson

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#ThrowbackFashion Wedding dress of silk satin by Charles James, England, 1934

Wedding dress, 1934
Charles James, born 1906 – died 1978

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Miss Baba Beaton wore this dress when she married Mr Alec Hambro on 6 November 1934. It is an early example of the work of the designer Charles James. It anticipates later developments in his style, particularly his approach to complex cut. The beauty of the design lies in its deceptive simplicity and the designer’s complete understanding of the potential of the fabric.

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Darts and seams shape the smooth ivory satin, which clings and drapes around the body in order to enhance the graceful figure. James said, ‘all my seams have meaning – they emphasise something about the body’.

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Circumference: 66 cm waist, Circumference: 84 cm bust, Circumference: 68 cm diaphragm, Length: 150 cm overall, Length: 40 cm to waist, Width: 40 cm centre back, Width: 42 cm shoulder to shoulder, Length: 62 cm sleeve, over, Length: 52 cm sleeve, under, Circumference: 80 cm hips, Circumference: 18 cm wrist

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Silk satin, trimmed with wax orange-blossom, cut on the bias

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Although he was born in Britain, James worked as a milliner and custom dressmaker in New York between 1924 and 1929. In 1929 he opened premises in London. During the early 1930s he travelled extensively between London and Paris, establishing a Paris branch in 1934. Like Elsa Schiaparelli he was a friend of the Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí and made use of Surrealist influences in his designs.

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#ThrowbackFashion @LEVIS Ad by Ida van Bladel 1973

Levi’s, 1973
Ida van Bladel born 1931

#ThrowbackFashion Levi Ad by Ida van Bladel 1973

This is a poster for jeans made by Levi-Strauss Europe. This poster succinctly advertises the skin-tight fit of Levi jeans by use of colour photography and the Levi logo. The choice of imagery also reflects the ‘sexual liberation’ of the late 1960s and early 1970s. At this period, denim jeans and nudity were synonymous with youth and rebellion.

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#ThrowbackFashion Evening dress ‘Bird’s Wing’ of white silk taffeta, designed by Antony Price, England, 1986

Bird’s Wing
Antony Price, born 1945

#ThrowbackFashion Evening dress 'Bird's Wing' of white silk taffeta, designed by Antony Price, England, 1986-2006AU1675_jpg_l

Closely swathing the figure, the silk taffeta of this dramatically structured garment is formed into large, irregular gathers diagonally positioned across the front. These culminate in an asymmetrical bodice, with an extraordinary, gravity defying shoulder extension. Designer Antony Price called this his ‘Bird’s Wing’ dress; the rigid folds of fabric with their feathered and serrated edge evoke associations of flight and movement. It was designed for his 1986 Winter collection.

#ThrowbackFashion Evening dress 'Bird's Wing' of white silk taffeta, designed by Antony Price, England, 1986-2006BF2615_jpg_l

The simple, white taffeta, with its glossy, reflective sheen offsets the complex structure of the garment. The designer’s choice of a stiff fabric allows the raised folds to retain their shape and make the dress virtually self-supporting. The folds are held in place by large, self-covered buttons which secure the dress at the side, and also provide an important visual motif. In contrast the back is quite plain, a simple bodice with a single shoulder strap and a straight, skirt fitted with darts into the waist seam.

#ThrowbackFashion Evening dress 'Bird's Wing' of white silk taffeta, designed by Antony Price, England, 1986-2006BC1929_jpg_l

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