Thursday, April 10, 2014

Belts ~ It's What's for Your Waist - Part 3 The Sash by Gail Carriger

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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