Evening ensemble, Philippe and Gaston (France), c1925. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, New York.
Maybe I’ve been inspired by all the production shots of the Downton Abbey Christmas special that have been floating about the place, but I just really fancied featuring a really gorgeous 1920s ‘flapper’ style dress of the type that Lady Rose would wear on an illicit visit to a smokey underground jazz club in Soho on the blog advent calendar today.
What do you think of the one I picked out? Don’t you just love that really on trend pink/purple ombre effect and that wonderfully elegant beading? When I was much younger, I once came downstairs wearing a rather spectacular silver sequin covered dress that left very little to the imagination. My mother took one look at me and said ‘There’s a difference between a dress and a frock and THAT, my dear, is definitely a FROCK.’ And so is this. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – let’s all revel in its frockishness as this is definitely a dress to rock out and have some really fabulous champagne cocktail fuelled FUN in.
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