Saturday, May 26, 2012

j'adore les robes de style

I wear dresses pretty much exclusively.  It works out particularly well this hot and sticky time of year (for those of us in the northern hemisphere, anyway).  There's one kind of dress that seems especially light and breezy-- the 1920s robe de style.
robe de style
I love this one-- it's a classic, ethereal robe de style in a beautiful pastel color palette

boue soeurs robe de style dress ribbon flowers
this is one of my favorite dresses ever.  it's by the Boué Soeurs circa 1923-1925.

boue soeurs robe de style dress ribbon flowers
it has a beautiful metallic-embroidered tulle overlay and grey-blue silk insets and clusters of the most exquisite ribbon flowers

boue soeurs robe de style dress ribbon flowers
is it any wonder I love this dress?  when I design, I want the person wearing my clothing to feel just as special and magical and beautiful as it must have felt to wear this dress.

robe de style wedding dress peach pink hoop skirt
pale pink robes de style became a popular option for wedding dresses, like this one.
robe de style wedding dress hoop skirt
this is the hoop skirt worn under the wedding dress- hoop skirts are only slightly behind crinolines on my list of beloved undergarments.
boue soeurs robe de style court dress
this is a court dress by the Boué Soeurs  circa 1932-1934.
boue soeurs robe de style court dress
I love tea-length dresses with trains-- it's so sweet and playful even in the most elaborate fabrication.

boue soeurs robe de style court dress
detail of the front of the dress.  stunning.
for more robes de style, here's a post full of dresses by Jeanne Lanvin, one of the designers who really popularized the style.


  1. Wow, they are all so beautiful! the 1920's was definitely an amazing decade for fashion. I have to agree with you, I think my favourite one is the second dress :)

    1. It really was-- people generally think of the 1920s as being all straight-skirted flapper dresses, but this gorgeousness was going on too!

      xo Julie

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