After a brief break for New York outfits I return, Fashionable Reader, to my previous series on belts. Having covered the decorative belt, now we are on to the matched belt.
|Dovima for Lady Manhattan, 1957 via myvintagevogue tumblr|
Several of the dresses in my personal collection came with matched belts, although it's not necessarily something I look for in a vintage dress it does increase the value (and cost) if the dress has its original belt.
Matched & decorative with the black 1930s maxi; plain buckle belt with a blue pattern dress
Matched bow belt for the flowered browns, one of the reasons I bought this dress; and a tie belt for the knitted navy which I never use with the dress
Tiny bow belt for the green (no picture available) and a matched buckle belt for the red dot, belt falling apart
Many of the matched belts I never wear because they are too delicate, or not wide enough for my taste. Sometimes I want to use a contrasting color belt to tie together my accessories. (The exception being the black maxi and the brown flowered above. For some reason I love those belts and always use them.)
|Coordinating cream accessories requires the contrasting belt|
So, without further ado, here is a retrospective on the matched belt in fashion...
|1820 The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|1840 The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
For Sophronia's older sister to wear, before the Finishing School books:
|1850 The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
For Agatha after the Finishing School series:
|1865 The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
For Countess Nadasdy in the Parasol Protectorate series:
|1870-1875 Afternoon Dress The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
For Ivy after the Parasol Protectorate series:
|1885 Ensemble 1885-1888 The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
For Prudence and Primrose in the Custard Protocol series:
1897 Visiting Dress 1897-1900 The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1898 Augusta Auctions
1897-1898 Walking Suit The Metropolitan Museum of Ar; 1900-1905 Evening Dress Jacques Doucet, Les Arts Décoratifs
The turn of the century and beyond...
|1903 Jeanne Paquin, 1903 The Kyoto Costume Institute|
1905 Summer Day Dress The Victoria & Albert Museum; 1905-1906 Evening Dress Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arketektur og Design
1910 Kerry Taylor Auctions; 1910s The Goldstein Museum of Design
1913 Evening Dress 1913-1914 Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arketektur, og Design; 1915 Antique Dress
|1937 Evening Dress Coco Chanel, The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
1950 Hawaian Day Dress; Ensemble Christian Dior, 1952 The Philadelphia Museum of Art
|1954 Model wearing ‘Haiti’, a cocktail dress by Dior. Photo by Mark Shaw. via theniftyfifties tumblr|
|1960s Whitaker Auctions|
1970 Halston, 1970s 1stdibs.com; Yuki, 1987 Kerry Taylor Auctions
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