Decorative belts, my dear Fashionable Reader, are not a new thing. Here is a brief historical overview from Sophronia's time to today...
We begin with the bow, always a popular choice.
|Bodice 1865-1866 Musée Galliera de la Mode de la Ville de Pari|
How about one with a fringed bustle attachment?
|1872 Godeys Aug 1872|
Or something sparkly? Belt for lady, of black velvet, with jet ornament and chains in front.
|1872 Godeys Sept 1872|
A bit of everything?
|1880 The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
Something for Primrose in the Custard Protocol series...
|1895 Afternoon Dress Whitaker Auction|
After the turn of the century, decorative belts really had a bit of a revival.
|1902 Augusta Auctions|
|via stylisharistocrat tumblr, Evening dress, House of Worth, c. 1902|
|1905-1908 Afternoon Dress Jean-Philippe Worth, The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
This one is fun.
|1930 Belt Cartier, Sotheby’s|
|1940s The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|1990 Belt Azzedine Alaïa, 1990s 1stdibs.com|
And a few from the recent runways...
Herve Leger by Max Azria Fall 2013 & Josie Natori Fall 2013
|2013 Vince Camuto 2" Deco Nappa Leather Inlay On Stretch On Linen Panel|
Burberry Prorsum “English Rose” & Balmain RTW Spring 2014 via WWD on FB
|2014 Alaia laser-cut leather belt at net-a-porter.com|
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