Saturday, August 16, 2014

So elegant!

I just had to share these three short videos. They were on the RTW Fasters group on FB thanks to Deborah Jones.

It is hard to believe such elegance existed but clearly it did. I found myself smiling serenely as I listened to the speaker's detailed descriptions. His use of  the model's names was surprising. That Delouri  had quite the hand action!

I loved that these women looked healthy and were not babes plucked from high school. I would say most were in there thirties with stunning figures.

The elegance of the audience was rather amazing as well. I loved the  grey striped dress on the woman on the  right. Everything is so exquisitely tailored. Was I born in the wrong era?

What is your favorite? I had several but loved the blue coat, black dress in video three.




The fashion show consists of three short videos.  Enjoy! I sure did.........Bunny

23 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing Bunny. I enjoyed them.

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  2. Oh Bunny, I completely agree! The class and elegance show on these videos is enchanting. No need to show embarrassing amounts of skin, just a healthy body and beautifully tailored clothing. sigh....

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  3. Such elegance--beautiful designs, lovely fabrics. I loved the grey dress on the woman in the audience too. And the blue spiral jacket was outstanding, and would be wonderful today. Thank you Bunny!

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  4. What a beautiful show and audience! Lovely to see creations by Worth and others from the 1050's -- oh so elegant (and modest). What a different fashion world we live in today! Too bad!!

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  5. These brought such a smile to my face. I love the commentary (and wonder if 'phantom beaver' is the equivalent of what we know as faux fur today? Or am I just showing my ignorance and the phantom beaver is indeed a real animal?)
    Oh - that black wool exit dress!!!

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    1. I wondered about the phantom beaver as well. If it was faux it was incredibly gorgeous but these were the days before poly faux fur, if I am not mistaken. My other thought was that the "phantom" referred to the grey coloring of the beaver. Most beaver I have seen, gorgeous fur, is a deeper darker brownish black. I love the large piece of fur and long length used for the sleves on the coat, totally out of the box. Normally you would find a deep cuff. This is way beyond that look.

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    2. OK, I just went and google imaged "phantom beaver". It appears to be a shaded beaver fur that is gorgeous. I saw a short jacket for close to 3000.00. I've seen plenty of beavers in my day, but never a phantom beaver.

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  6. Delouri was certainly special with her hand movements and it was interesting to see real people dressed to the nines in the audience. 1951 Britain still had rationing as my British husband's family told me along with showing the ration books. Lovely to see that all the fashions were using British wools and furs and each garment had to have a name denoting an aura about it and mainly in French.Thank you so much for showing us such elegance long gone...sadly.

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  7. A great share share Bunny. Grace, elegance and style, what a combination. My favourite is Marrakech, why, I don't know, there's just 'something' about it that speaks to me. Sadly, if I were to wear that dress, with my busty bust, I fear I would look like the prow of a ship.
    Rosemary

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  8. LOL Laughing at Rosemary's comment above me...great visual! I, too, loved that last white Marrakech coat...very elegant. The blue jacket with the asymmetrical hemline was really very modern looking & would be smashing on you, Bunny.

    The very first white suit, with the black collar, looked very much like my white wool suit that I wore for Homecoming my senior year of high school. My collar was suede, as were the covered buttons. I LOVED THAT SUIT!!!!!

    Thanks for the lovely treat today...delicious eye candy!
    (I've always thought I should have been born during the Victorian era, with those bustles in the back & big boobs pushed up high in the front) LOL

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    1. My time would have definitely been the thirties and forties, the era of the tailored suit! I thought that white suit was spectacular as well. I bet you were a knockout in yours.

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    2. Thank you for sharing these. My favorite fashion era is the 30's, 40's and 50's. I loved these videos.

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  9. What a treat it would be to examine the garments up close and see how they were put together! Thanks for the videos, Bunny. It is nice to remember a time people made the effort to look their best.

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  10. "Was I born in the wrong era?"

    I'd have had the poor luck to be born as char woman.

    I enjoyed looking at the designs, but have no desire to wear the clothes or have the lives of the women who wore them. It's fascinating that even a women's fashion show was narrated by a man back then.

    It was fun to hear the names of exotic fabrics: Diamante, barathea, Bermuda doeskin.

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    1. At least it was narrated. Today you would have blaring, head jarring music in the background and no description. The fabric names were very intriguing. I wanted to see that barathea up close and personal.

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    2. It was presented with great polish. I enjoy watching these old videos without actually wanting to return to the time. :-) I wonder if we've lost a number of these fabrics, or maybe they always were the domain of the couture designer.

      I couldn't square the "muslin" garments worn by Jane Austen characters with the muslin I know today. An historical blog said that the fabric they knew as muslin was quite different, much smoother.

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  11. Thanks for sharing those, Bunny! Gorgeous clothing, finely tailored, shown on women (not girls) who knew how to be elegant. I wish clothes still looked that good!

    Josie LCPC

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  12. This is a gas!!! But I'm really surprised at the slimness of all the styles. This looks more like late 30's and early 40's. I don't doubt that it's 50-ish, it just doesn't look it, as I thought of the 50's as being more luxuriant with fabric cuts. Fabulous, that these little videos exist. The Europeans seem so ready to keep historically significant things like this.

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  13. The audience is an even better show. What a hoot the umbrella was worn like a dagger and what about those pockets on the plaid coat?!!! I think they were attached to the belt and not the coat.

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    1. I LOVED that plaid coat and it's pockets and belt. They did appear to have a life of their own, didn't they?

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  14. I agree with Claire Kennedy about the styles looking more like 40's. I was born in 1951, myself, and I remember the everyday women having mostly large skirts unless they were wearing a business suit. Fitted bodices and full skirts. My favorite was in the 3d video. Loved the long white doeskin dress with the hooded shawl. Gorgeous!

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  15. I have been saving these for a quiet moment! Loved them. Without going back to re watch - but I wonder if they were modelling older garments? Just something that was said makes me think that they may have been and that would explain Claires comment. And how is the smoking??

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