In honor of the Haute Couture shows in Paris, I decided to honor female fashion designers.
This woman invented the bias dress, which means the fabric is cut at a diagonal or 45 degree angle. Cutting fabric that way wastes a great deal but it falls oh-so-lovely over the body. Today the bias dress is a designer staple and when done right like John Galliano [designer for his own line as well as Dior] does, the dress is utter perfection and gossamer light.
|A bias dress by Madame Gres|
How many out there owned or still own anything in a hot pink? Well you have Elsa to thank. An Italian by birth but working in Paris as many do today. Her designs took inspiration from surreal artists since she considered herself one as well. She had talent and dressed some of the wonderful women alive in the era between the World Wars even the Duchess of Windsor. Elsa and Chanel were enemies. Imagine being in a party when these two ladies entered, the tension, catty wit. Paris must have been entertained by these two smart talented ladies. After the war, sadly, her line closed but if it were around today, Lady Gaga to Madonna would wear her designs.
|Claire on Time|
Claire is the mother of American Sportswear and most likely you are wearing or have an item that is inspired by her. She believed in everyday relaxed dress. Ballet slippers as everyday footwear. Cynthia Rowley, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs and Annie Sui each have been inspired by her. How many would purchase this outfit or own something like it already?
|Edith and her Oscars|
Edith Head was a costumer designer for both Paramount and Universal. She dressed everyone from Mae West to Steve Martin. Countless designers are inspired by her costume for flicks that starred Hollywood icons. No doubt you’ve seen movies featuring her creations. Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief and Bette Davis in All About Eve. Few have that many Oscars. I have none.
Many women fashion designers run wonderful lines, Donna Karan, Stella McCartney, Diane Von Furstenberg, one of my idols, Betsey Johnson, Carolina Herrera, Annie Sui, Sonia Reykeil, Tory Burch, and Stella McCartney. And more will come and share their vision for what will be the modern woman. I can’t wait to see the beautiful design and how it fits in the perception of womanhood and what it means to be a lady.