Hello dearies! Oh boy, do I have a fun post for you! Today, I am going to share some of my favorite pages from my 1957 Harper’s Bazaar. There is so much vintage fashion inspiration in here that I am so excited to share! But wait, there’s one more fun thing about today’s post: Cassie of Calico Sisters is going to be joining in the fun and posting some of her favorite images from her 1928 Delineator Magazine. So you get vintage goodness from both the 1950’s and the 1920’s! Head on over to the Calico Sisters’ blog to check out Cassie’s post here.
Before I move on to the oh so lovely fashion inspiration, I wanted to share with you all a few fun facts about my 1957 Harper’s Bazaar magazine. I just found out recently that Christian Dior, who was featured in the magazine (it was the year of the tenth anniversary of his “New Look”), died October of 1957, making my H.B. magazine one of the last to feature gowns actually designed by Dior! Cool, huh? Anyways… Let’s move on to the dresses, shall we?
Both of these pages make me sigh. I’m usually not one to like boleros, but that cotton plaid ensemble on the right (designed by Abe Schrader) just makes my heart skip a beat. And the masterful seaming of the striped number on the left (designed by De De Johnson of cotton) is just too good to be true! It is my goal to someday replicate that beautiful seaming… once I figure out how it was accomplished. The dress came in such color combinations as Blue/grey, yellow/grey and brown/beige. And, get this, it cost $49.95, which is (brace yourselves!) $421.77 in today’s money! Ohhhh… and that plaid ensemble? Forget it. $379.97. Ooh boy! But a girl can dream right? Especially when she has the ability to sew. 😉
This silk dress on the right from Chanel (Printed with Green, Yellow, and Lilac Pink, done by Bianchini) is so intriguing in its understated elegance. The beautiful modest v-neck, with the drapey fabric is just so simple, yet so, so elegant. The dress and jacket on the left was designed by Desses, of blue and white floral silk, with a matching toque.
“What are you going to wear today Jenny?” “Oh, just my pink and white striped dress with my embroidered pumps. Nothing fancy.” Isn’t this just a splendid dress? Look at those fine pleats at the waist (creates less bulk than gathering), and the banding down the princess seam lines. Designed by Jerry Parnis, and the mules by Delman.
These dresses look so cool to wear in the spring and summer months. My eye is especially caught by the evening shirtwaist of pin-tucked chiffon on the left. And don’t even ask for the price tag on that one. Don’t! Alright: $1,562.10 in today’s cash. The sheath right next to that pricey chiffon is of ribbed cotton, and possesses semi-detached sleeves. Certainly an interesting idea! The dress on the right seems to be the most practical out of the bunch (even the price is more economical! Only $194.21!, or $23 in 1957), being made out of Irish linen printed in slate violet, with the waist cinched by a tie at the back.
If the coloring in this photo doesn’t remind you of the sultry, sunny days of Summer, I don’t know what will! The dress in the photo is made of gingham. A perfect summer material! Oh, and if you don’t already see this image on Pinterest, would one of you mind pinning it using the “Pin it” button at the bottom of the post? Thanks!
Isn’t this bride’s trousseau just amazing? I especially love the printed dotted swiss dress on the lower right. It reminds me of a long sleeved version of Mrs. Chancey’s 1958 Party Dress pattern.
I hope you all have enjoyed peeking through this magazine with me! If I was to do another Magazine Monday, would you like me to share some images from one of my 1920’s Needlework Magazines?
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