From here to there …

Empress Elisabeth in Courtly Gala Dress with D...

Empress Elisabeth in Courtly Gala Dress with Diamond Stars (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fashion history jumped into some interesting web sites today.  We were looking at neoclassical attire and found some fabulous images.  If you would like to enjoy any of them, click away.

One fabulous site we found was Vintage Textile.  This great site offers vintage garments for purchase.  You will love the bridal dresses.

This green dress by Bill Blass answers a question from one of the students about flare on a long dress.  We were discussing gore seams or no seams, etc. and this dress gives a good example of how to handle flare when a skirt is not gored.  Notice on this green dress that the front skirt is very nearly a straight skirt, with just a bit of flare.  The majority of flare in this garment is created in the back skirt pattern.  So take notice of this detail because trying to add much flare to a straight skirt shape can be disastrously unattractive.  This dress does work better, although it is still no favorite of ours.  Notice that the side seams still “break” a bit and you can see some puckering on those side seams as well.

Bill Blass green dress

Vintage Textile Brides is a gorgeous page of various brides wearing their vintage bridal dresses.  You must check it out.

And talk about inspiration – look at this dress from Lanvin that was inspired by the Aztecs.

House of Lanvin Aztec Dress

House of Lanvin Aztec Dress

Maybe our favorite thing is that these garments ARE FOR SELL!!  Yes, we are screaming!!  We also wish we had an extra, cool $300,000+ and we would build a collection.  Even though some garments are $3000 – $4000, we know how rare each of those items is today.  It is an honor just to look at these items up close in the great photos.  And just to give you an idea of how fantastic it is to research fashions at Vintage Textile, here is a full list of the topics and time periods they cover: Early Victorian  :  Edwardian  : 1920s to 1930s  :  1940s to Designer  :  Shawls/Textiles  : Gallery  : Treasure Hunt  : Articles

Pucci’s 1960’s cotton print outfit below shows that even the humble cotton plant goes upscale in a great designers hands.


However, the most amazing fashions on the Vintage Textile site are garments from as early as the 1700s.  Incredible.  Where is that money tree?  A quote from the website says, “The 1890 Baedeker Guide to Paris recommended visitors go to the three top Parisian couture houses: Worth, Pingat, and Laferrière. James McCall’s authoritative 1882 book refers to Pingat and Worth as “two of the three greatest artistic dressmakers in the world.” While little is known about Émile Pingat the person, the few surviving examples of his work paint a picture of a creative genius.”

Look at the garment being referenced….

Sold in 2013 for $5,500.

Sold in 2013 for $5,500.

Vintage Textile says, “This museum quality coat is a great rarity—peerless design in top condition from one of the great couturiers. It should be the centerpiece of a major private or museum collection. Indeed, this magnificent piece can be the entire collection!”  The site goes on to tell tales about Charles Frederick Worth and his prices.  Just great stuff…


Let’s end with one more great site for fashion history surfing.  We also loved the Costume Fashion History website and the related blog where you can search apparel by time period


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  1. Cindy Graff Cohen

    WOW!!!! I cannot believe that all these gorgeous pieces of history and fashion are for sale and not in some museum. This goes down as the most amazing shopping website I have ever seen. Thx so much for calling our attention to it — and for making me wish I won the lottery!

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