Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Belts ~ It's What's for Your Waist - Part 2 Matched by Gail Carriger

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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