Callot Model of Black Lace. Paris Spring Season 1913.

France Fin de siècle. Black Lace fashion. French haute couture gown. Belle Epoque costume by Couturier Callot Soeurs.

Callot Soeurs Model of Black Lace

Callot Soeurs Model of Black Lace. Paris Spring Season 1913.

Dinner Gown of Black Satin, Sash ends at foot of skirt. Overskirt of black net and two flounces of black Point d’Sprit lace. Waist of same lace as skirt over white lace, which forms shoulder and sleeves. Orange velvet ribbon outlines yoke and a handsome large flower. Published by Haas brothers.

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

Note:  Late fashion designs by Paul Poiret. Salon Oriental 1925.

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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