Fifties evening dresses

In the Fifties, evening dresses looked like princess dresses. I have drawn some evening dresses that I had seen at last summer 50s Fashion exhibition in Paris.

Many of those dresses are timeless, you could wear them today, as this fuchsia long evening dress with ruby red rhinestone straps by Jean Dessès.


illustration of a Fifties fuchsia long evening dress by Jean Dessès

I like the originality of this Jacques Fath white long dress with bare shoulders and three quarter sleeves. There are buttons on the top and two big pockets on the full skirt that add character to the outfit. Even the fabric, a white honeycomb cotton, is unexpected for an evening gown.


coloring picture of a woman wearing a Fifties evening gown by Jacques Fath


Click on the coloring picture to enlarge and print it

Fashion designer Jacques Fath was Christian Dior’s rival in the Fifties. He has been a little forgotten since his maison de haute couture closed in 1957 but he was a big name in fashion at that time.

This long and wide white gown by Christian Dior is simple but effective with three ribbons sewn on the bustier. It would make a beautiful wedding dress, as the previous one by Jacques Fath.


coloring picture of a woman wearing a Fifties evening gown by Christian Dior


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Finally, I like this modest black cocktail dress by Chanel that contrasted with all the wide dresses shown in the same exhibition room. It’s ornamented with a golden and turquoise blue brooch.


illustration of a Fifties black cocktail dress by Chanel

Other articles about Fifties fashion on this blog:

Fifties day outfits

Fifties beach outfits

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Fifties day outfits

I have drawn several fifties outfits at the 50s Fashion exhibition in palais Galliera in Paris. This article gathers my drawings of day outfits. There will be an article with evening dresses illustrations later.

In the fifties, cinched waist and calf-length were fashionable. This ‘New Look’ began with Christian Dior first fashion show in 1947. At the show, models were wearing full skirts but at that time women also used to wear pencil skirts such as the ones I have drawn.


illustration of a black day suit by Balenciage. 1950 Spring-Summer collection

On the first drawing, a woman is wearing a 1950 black day suit by Balenciaga with a calf-length pencil skirt. The jacket has a small waist and round hips.


illustration of a fifties lime green coat by Madeleine Vramant

This lime green coat by Madeleine Vramant widens from waist like a full skirt.


illustration af a black afternoon dress by Jacques Fath. 1954 Fall-Winter collection

This is a 1954 black afternoon dress by Jacques Fath with a pleated top front. I’m still wondering what could be the difference between a morning dress and an afternoon dress ^^


coloring picture of a woman wearing a New Look coat

I have also drawn a coloring picture of the New Look coat by Madeleine Vramant. Click on the picture to enlarge and print it.

Finally, my review of the 50s exhibition in palais Galliera in Paris :

(The exhibition runs until November 2, 2014)

I liked the exhibition. The Haute Couture outfits are magnificent, in good condition and classified by theme: day outfits, beach outfits, evening wear, cocktail dresses… Some period videos show women wearing fifties outfits and there are drawings by designers or Fashion illustrators such as René Gruau.

It’s good to know that the exhibition is not big. I recommend it to you if you are interested in Fashion or History.

Fore more information, visit Palais Galliera Fashion Museum website

Other articles about Fifties fashion on this blog:

Fifties evening dresses

Fifties beach outfits

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