Society dress in white silk voile. Maison Béchoff-David 1911.

Maison, Béchoff-David, Costume, fashion, Art nouveau, Belle Époque, Haute cuture,
Modèle de la maison Béchoff-David 1911

Modèle de la maison Béchoff-David 1911.

Society dress in white silk voile with perl suspensions. Design: Modèle de la maison Béchoff-David, Place Vendome Paris. Photography Reutlinger Paris. Belle Époque fashion. Edwardian era.


Note:  Handbag in velvet and silk by Anna Somoff-Mikhailoff.

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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