Callot Dress of Chinese Crepe. Paris spring season 1913.

Chinese Crepe. France Fin de siècle fashion. French haute couture gown. Belle Epoque cocktail dress

Callot Dress of Chinese Crepe

Callot Dress of Chinese Crepe. Paris spring season 1913.

Afternoon Cocktail dress of Chinese Crepe, Draped skirt by couturier Callot Soeurs. Lining of flesh color silk. Waist of grey chiffon over flesh color silk. Front of corsage and skirt embroidered in grey. Shawl collar of same embroidery on chiffon. Sash of grey chiffon embroidery on ends. Published by Haas brothers.

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

Note:  Nanteuil, Martial et Armand, Brandt, Paris 1929.

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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