1910 Bust improver by Dickins & Jones retailers. Bust-improver made from lace and interwoven figured silk satin ribbons, boning, mother-of-pearl buttons. Another early version of the bra. See more at http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O140877/bust-improver-dickins-jones/#
Our unique “Vallmo” dress is inspired by a wonderful watercolour awash with poppies. In a cotton/silk print and embellished with tinted glass beads, this dress is a party-wear sensation! A dreamy style with lots of volume.
Thick wool fabric lends a sculptural quality to the ‘mariner’s cuff’ on this strictly utilitarian garment. Such a style of cuff was first seen on the coats worn by naval officers in the 1740s (navy uniform was not made official until 1748) and became a popular feature of both men’s fashionable coats and ladies’ riding jackets. A vertical opening with a scalloped flap runs parallel to the length of the sleeve and intersects the cuff.
Suit, Hubert de Givenchy, Paris, France: 1955, wool with moiré silk panels in the skirt. "This ensemble was designed by the Parisian couturier Hubert de Givenchy (b. 1927) for Leslie Caron (b. 1931), the French film actress and dancer. It was made for a play called 'Orvet' by Jean Renoir, who was Caron's great friend and mentor. He wrote it for her, and also directed it. It was first performed at the Theatre de la Renaissance, Paris, on 12 March 1955."