Drecoll Model of Moire Crepe Gilda. Paris Spring Season 1913.

France Fin de siècle fashion. French haute couture gown. Belle Epoque cocktail dress. Model of Moire Crepe

Model of Moire Crepe Gilda

Drecoll Model of Moire Crepe Gilda. Paris Spring Season 1913.

French Blue Moire Crepe Gilda. Gracefully draped skirt. Girdle and belt of black satin. Bulgarian embroidery on sash end. White net vest with pleated ruffle. Cocktail dress by couturier Baron Christoph von Drecoll. Published by Haas brothers.

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

Note:  Princess Elvira of Bavaria (1868–1943). Belle Époque. Parisian Tournure.

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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