I've been getting that period costume itch again, the little voice in my ear that is always saying "panniers are practical, it's those modern narrow doors that are all wrong!" has been speaking up again.

It's no secret I love my fashion old, not just 1950's old but 1780's old and even further back! One thing I love about vintage fashion is how people, even back then liked to play around with historical styles in their every day clothes too.

Hero to vintage fashion fans Christian Dior was a big dabbler in all things old school, even in his day. He had dreams of the Belle Epoch before the 1st world war where the houses and people were opulent and more beautifully dressed than in the world he saw around him. His house created some amazing period costume inspired pieces such as the famous Zumire suit which recalls an 18th century riding habbit.

 

Digby Morton made a huge splash in 1952 with his Tudor inspired evening ensemble.

    "He [Digby Morton] designed a cocktail-into-evening jacket that is almost a replica of the swashbuckling sixteenth century jacket. Only the cocktail hour was then non existent they simply started drinking at breakfast!" 1952 newspaper on the collection

The glamorous Lady Alexandra was mistaken for royalty in 1948 wearing a Victorian inspired gown from Jacques Fath. Balenciaga also produced some stunning bustle dresses inspired by the 19th Century.

    "Style that hints at the classic and elegant forms of the past is a characteristic of 1950's fashion"

It's funny how we sometimes think of the current obsession with fashions past as a more beautiful style utopia, to be a modern condition. But I seems people have always idealized and looked wistfully backwards for inspiration. I suppose if any of us really were born back in the 40's-50's we might have been swanning around as fashion eccentrics in Edwardian hats and gowns! I know I certainly like to think so ;-)

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Lately I've been getting my fix of vintage period drama with a few of my favorite designs from Candy Violet. My pink silk chemise dress, paired with the drop earrings and necklace in coral. Makes me feel like Norma Shearer!  For any one else out here looking to try out a bit of that vintage take on centuries past check out some of our retro styled takes on period fashions!