Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Video: Historical Dresses Undressed

Friday, October 10, 2014

Isabella reporting,

Here's an interesting video produced by the Mode Museum (MoMu) in Antwerp, Belgium, in conjunction with their 2012 exhibition Living Fashion: Women's Daily Wear 1750-1950. There's a splendid selection of dresses from the exhibition, photographed "in the round" so the backs (which can be the best parts of 19th c. dresses) is visible as well as the fronts. It's a great way to see the complete stylish silhouette. In addition, a number of the dresses are shown with the undergarments that give them the necessary fashionable shape - including a daunting maternity corset from the 1860s. Other highlights are an early 20th c. ridging habit shown "riding" a ghostly, galloping horse, and how a c.1900 dress was refashioned into a 1940 "war dress."

6 comments:

Lisa Day said...

How interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

Anonymous said...

That video was both beautiful and informative. I especially liked how they exploded the underpinnings (corset cover, corset, chemise, etc.) of the 19 century dress.

Alina K. Field said...

This is an amazing video. I would have loved to see more detail on the reworking of the 1900 dress for 1940.

Vintage Maison said...

Magical.

AuntieNan said...

One of the most arresting films I've ever seen! Wearable art at its finest and most breathtaking.

GSGreatEscaper said...

Excellent film; would love to know more about the collector and the sources of the dresses! (Hint for a future post!)

 
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