Behind the Seams…Saint Laurent, Yves

Saint Laurent, Yves. 1936- 2008. Designer. Born in Oran, Algeria. He began studying at the age of 17 in Paris. Here Saint Laurent entered a competition sponsored by the International Wool Secretariat and won first prize for his cocktail dress. Shortly after this he was hired by Dior. Dior dies 4 years later, and Saint Laurent took over the house. The collections of the precocious designer were more controversial then what they were used to from the house of Dior. Saint Lauren’ts Trapeze of 1958 was a little girl look: A narrow-shouldered dress with a semi fitted bodice and short, flared skirt. A year later he revived a shorter version of the Hobble skirt. In the 1960’s he showed black leather jackets, turtleneck sweaters and fur trimmed hems. Saint Laurent took modern street fashion and made it couture. In that same year Saint Laurent was called to serve in the Algerian war. Some months later he was discharged and he returned to Paris. He then found out that Marc Bohan had taken over Dior while he was gone. This gave Saint Laurent the drive to open his own house in 1961. His first collection was in 1962 which featured a successful gold- buttoned navy wool pea jacket and workman smocks in jersey, silk, and satin. Saint Laurent is primarily known for his strict, tailored, yet tactfully cut garments that were ideal for executive woman emerging in the 1970’s.  A knack for creating smart, stylish and casual clothing Yves Saint Laurent was able to become a fashion Icon/Mogul. He is currently hailed today as the father of a whole new way of dressing.

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My picks from Polyvore…The classic Flat

A flat is such a wonderful shoe. It is a blessing in disguise for me. I work in a place where sometimes I have to run quickly to save a media shot that is happening. Flats make this possible. I’ve included some cute and fun choices which range in price ranges for flats from Polyvore.com. Enjoy!

Behind the Seems…more on Vionnet

Vionnet created her designs 'in the round' on a miniature mannequin and then seamstresses would translate the garment into full size.

Cutting fabric on the bias is the name given to the technique for cutting cloth diagonal to the grain of the fabric enabling it to cling to the body while moving with the wearer.

Many of Vionnet’s designs are highly influenced by Greek art.  She did not like garments that restricted the wearer but those that would flow beautifully around the body.

Vionnet was known as 'Queen of the Bias Cut'. Her designs were inspired by the time period: Art Deco

Holiday spirit? Dress up your shoe with….

Really?  So the site lists the product as what is written below. At least they come in fun options!

http://www.theheelcondoms.com/

Condom-like covers that let you play dress up with your shoes. These fit any stiletto type heels be they medium or high heel shoes.
have many perks:
+ Make simple shoes a conversation piece+ Mix and Match with outfits+ Great for travel+ Easy to wear+ Protect heels from damage+ Reusable
How to give your shoe a condom fix?
Simply place the elastic under your foot to keep in place and no one will notice it’s there!

Get to know…Lauraamiss on Etsy.com

Lauraamiss is a artist that is originally from London but currently lives in Amesterdam in the Netherlands. She graduated in Textiles from Goldsmiths College at the University in London in 2003.  After graduating she moved to Amesterdam and started working in the costume Atelier of the National Ballet and Opera House. Currently she is now working as a freelance designer and textile artist. Her works are created from mix mediums such as Textilespaperthreadfeltlace.

My website:
www.lauraamiss.com

On Flickr:
www.flickr.com/photos/lauraamiss

On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Laura-Amiss/134162549933627

I hope you enjoy her work! I find her pieces endearing and cute! Enjoy.

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Behind the Trend…Oxford Bags

I honestly thought this was a actual bag! But after further research I found out that Oxford Bag, Baggy trousers worn by undergraduates at Oxford University, England, in the 1920’s. The hem measured approximately 20 inches (50 cm) wide and was cuffed. Oxford bags were a popular trouser style for women and men during the 1930’s and 1970’s.

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Behind the Trend… Nylon

Nylon is a generic term for a manufactured  fibre in which the fibre-forming substance is any long chain synthetic poly amide which recurring amide groups. Nylon was discovered by Dr. Wallace H. Carothers and Du Pont Company of Delaware, USA. The company first introduced nylon in 1938 and it was tested in knitted hosiery in 1939. Nylon stockings lunched in 1940 and ever since then Nylon has been used extensively in underwear, dresses and other products.

Behind the trend… The Juliet Cap

A Juliet cap is a small round cap which fits snugly on top of the head. The cap is typically made of an open-weave fabric that is usually decorated with pearls or semi-precious stones. The cap was popularized by actress Norma Shearer in the film Romeo and Juliet in 1930.

I personally think these caps are gorgeous. A classic look for the 1930’s.