Wednesday, June 30, 2010

British Designer Betty Jackson

Betty Jackson (1949 - ) a British designer, has gained an international reputation as a designer of up to the minute clothes with a timeless appeal . "I've never liked prettiness much," she has said, and this is reflected in her designs using unstructured proportions with loose uncomplicated shapes and cuts that flatter the figure.

The design pictured above, Vogue 2058 from the Vogue Individualist Line is from 1988. A loose fitting and unlined below the hip jacket coordinates with a semi-fitted straight dress that falls above mid-knee. The dress has interesting cut in the shoulders, front dart tucks, and the upper back extends into a single layer tie end for a dramatic flourish at the front of the dress. Sleeves are a flattering above the elbow length.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Simonetta ~~ Fashion Icon

A beautiful 1970's design from Simonetta, Vogue Couturier Design for an A-line dress with lovely details ~~ a slightly standing neck and front band with concealed zipper closing and center front slit. The daughter of a Roman Duke, Simonetta was the best known of Italian postwar fashion designers. An aristocrat, Simonetta had been interned by the Mussolini government for antifascist activities. Her international clientele included Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.