Premet Model of Needle Cord. Paris Spring Season 1913.

France Fin de siècle fashion. French haute couture gown. Belle Epoque costume by Couturier Premet

Premet Model of Needle Cord.

Premet Model of Needle Cord. Paris Spring Season 1913.

Cafe au Lait. Needle Cord. Draped skirt with fine soutache of embroidery on side of skirt. Buttons trim coat and French blue moire silk trims collar and side pocket. Coat and skirt lined with satin to match. Blouse of white chiffon cloth over tucked net. French blue moire silk in strap effect over shoulders. Front of waist and sleeves embroidered in gold and green stones. Collar of Bohemia lace.

Premet Model of Needle Cord. Paris Spring Season 1913.

Note:  Pour l’Heure du Thé. Le style parisien, 1915.

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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