Jacques Haim | c. 1959
Posts tagged 1950s.
Evening Dress worn by Queen Elizabeth II | Norman Hartnell | c. 1957
Lavish gold and white beadwork encrusts this ivory evening dress worn by Queen Elizabeth II on a state visit to Paris in 1957. The dazzling, jewel-like details of the embroidered design include miniature bees, grasses, wheat and wild flowers. These motifs are worked in relief in faceted glass, gold beads, brilliants and variously shaped pearls, mother-of-pearl and gold petals. It also features an extravagant back bow. The design of this single-occasion gown diplomatically refers to French motifs, including the flowers of France and large gold bees, the emblem of Napoleon. It was intended to both compliment the French nation and draw attention to the Queen. (V&A)
Yves Saint Laurent for Dior | “Bal Masque” from “Ligne Trapèze” | c. 1957
This dress was worn by The Duchess of Windsor. Yves Saint Laurent was highly influenced by the grand, bell shaped ball gowns of the 1860s.