Pierre Balmain, Gown of Blue Lace over Tulle, 1950s

Balmain evening dress, From Les Arts Decoratifs. I would love this if it didn't have that giant, awkward flower.

Chanel

Chanel Couture Spring 2003 nix the butterflies and make it tea length, party time

~1958 ladies home journal~

Ladylike and stunning. This adorable polka dot dress was on the cover of the 1958 Ladies Home Journal. I'm sure it influenced countless women to shop for dots!

Chanel Spring 2003. Embellished leggings... flowers ... butterflies, am I 15? No, but I was!

Chanel at Couture Spring 2003

In the sun room of Dior's house in Passy, Sophie Malgat wears the newest of Dior's "big" ball gowns, the skirt has 12 layers and is separate from the bodice because of its weight, photo by Mark Shaw, 1953  Sophie Malgat - the wife of the film director Anatole "Tola" Litvak - was one of the rare models who starred on the catwalk and had "cover girl" status in magazine editorials. "Sophie knew how to move in clothes and how to pose," says Brigitte Tortet. "She defined truly elegance"

Model in Home of Christian Dior 1953 Artist: Mark Shaw Socialite Sophie Malgat in a gray Dior ball gown in the sunroom. Originally part of an assignment for November 1953 issue of LIFE magazine.

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