Model of Crepe Chinois by Georgette Gabey, 1913.

France Fin de siècle fashion. French haute couture gown. Belle Epoque costume. Cocktail dress

Georgette Model of Crepe Chinois

Model of Crepe Chinois by couturier Georgette Gabey.

Cafe au Lait Crepe Chinois. Gracefully draped skirt with tassel to match heavily embroidered waist on chiffon with white embroidered undersleeves and collar. Ornament at waist, and back of brown, blue and silver embroidery.

Gallery: France Fin de siècle fashion. Haute couture costumes, spring season 1913.

Note:  Création de Couturier Lucile Paray. Art deco fashion 1933.

Support and Seduction: The History of Corsets and Bras (Abradale Books) by Beatrice Fontanel.

Thoughout the ages, women's breasts have been subjected to the endless whims of fashion. From the ancient Greeks to Mae West and Madonna, this light-hearted book charts the changing shapes of female beauty. The elegant and amusing images - including fashion drawings, paintings, photographs, and film stills - illustrate the often surprising history of the garments women have worn for support - and seduction.

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