Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Fifty Dresses That Changed The World

As with many other creative types, I own a lot of books devoted to various topics around the vast subjects of fashion, costume, sewing and pattern making. From beautiful hardbacks to tatty paperbacks, they've filled my (albeit, tiny) book shelf and are now spreading themselves into neat piles on my bedroom floor!

So instead of flicking through them leisurely, I thought I would finally sit down and read them cover to cover! This WILL take me some time, but I'll pull some of my favourite parts out and post them on here.

First up. A lovely birthday gift from one of my friends, "Fifty Dresses That Changed The World" by the Design Museum.

"Everything around us is designed and the word 'design' has become part of our everyday experience. But how much do we now about it? Fifty Dresses That Changed The World imparts that knowledge listing the top 50 dresses that have made a substantial impact in the world of design today..."

And some of the dresses I found most interesting...

Wallis Simpson's Wedding Dress - 1937 Mainbocher

The whole story of Wallis Simpson and the Duke of Windsor is iconic in the first place, so why not her dress?!
Simple, restrained and elegant.

Paper Dress - 1968, Scott Paper Company

Yes, dresses made of paper. For people. 
Interesting concept, perhaps even more relevant today with 'fast fashion' and throw away culture?
But as the book puts it, "our modern green sensibilities forbid us such a fantasy"

Mini Crini - 1985, Vivienne Westwood

Ahh, the grande dame of British fashion! How could she not be in this book?!
I love the historical references in all her clothing, and there is always something fun about her designs and the way she approaches each collection

LED Dress - 2007, Husseuin Chalayan

I've actually been lucky enough to see one of these led dresses at an exhibition a few years ago, I say a few years, it's longer than that and I actually can't remember where it was! Chalayan is well know for incorporating new technologies into his designs and blurring the lines between production design, installations and fashion. I love his transforming dresses from his SS07 collection - have a look at the videos on YouTube.

  Of course there were many other dresses in this book, 46 to be precise!

Some you expect, Marilyn Monroe's white dress, Audrey Hepburn's LBD, Princess Diana's wedding dress and other's you probably never heard of, (Topless Dress anyone?!)

A really cute little book that takes no time at all to read.

Definately worth a look!

Em x

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