I love the idea of a sash belt, but unless I am wearing a foundation corset it rolls up and doesn't stay sash-like because I am so curvy.
|1950s Timeless Vixen Vintage blue|
That said I have, in a pinch, and on a number of occasions used a skinny scarf as a belt. Needs must. I kind of like that look, I wish I could remember to do it intentionally rather than in case of emergency! The ribbon belt is a cousin to the sash and seems to be all over the runways and red carpet these days. Just take a bit of grosgrain and wrap it round. So far as I can tell people have been wrapping a sash about their waists for simply ages. It's certainly true that early on in the Victorian era it seems tied to the military look.
1850s Major military uniform (Cranford still); 1850 Dressing Gown The Philadelphia Museum of Art
1888 Afternoon Dress Charles Fredrick Worth The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1889-1890 The Cincinnati Art Museum
Oliver & Co. day dress ca. 1898 From the Drexel Historic Costume Collection; 1900-1901 Tea Gown Jean-Philippe Worth, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1910 Evening Dress Lucile, 1910-1915 The Victoria & Albert Museum; 1910-1911 Callot Soeurs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1912 Evening Dress Jeanne Paquin The Metropolitan Museum of Art
|1930 Louiseboulanger, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art|
1933 Evening Dress Madeleine Vionnet, 1933 The Kyoto Costume Institute; 1937 Evening 1937 Dress Coco Chanel, The Metropolitan Museum of Artbelt
|1950 Evening Dress Madame Grès, 1950s The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston|
|Model wearing an evening gown by Christian Dior, 1956 via the niftyfifties tumblr|
|Katisha-San John Galliano, 2007 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston|
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