Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Defining Elegance --

There is a very elegant party going on over at The Shiny Pebble and what  better way to join in then to invite
 The Costume Designer -- Jacques Fath to design one of his innovative and unique creations and wear some of his extremely rare Iris Gris perfume
 During the postwar creative boom of early 50s -- France, had three fashion designers revolutionized couture:  One of which was Jacques Fath  who had become one third of the triumvirate known as "the big three" 
 Jacques Fath, Christian Dior, Pierre Balmain
 
Jacques Fath (French, 1912–1954) was a self-taught designer who learned his craft from studying museum exhibitions and books about fashion. 
 His stunning New Look gowns are brilliant investment pieces, making Fath a vintage designer to look out for.



 Jacques Fath created the  costumes for the greatest dance film ever made: The Red Shoes. After the release of this beautiful movie, Fath attained the status of celebrity of great prominence.
Ball gown, ca. 1951  
Jacques Fath (French, 1912–1954)
Black silk velvet with ivory silk satin, white mink, and gold metal trim.

31 comments:

  1. Joanny, this is beautiful...a wonderful tribute to the fine work of Mr. Fath. Come see what Catherine's wearing over at my place. xx's

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  2. Enjoy the fling, Joanny. What will you be wearing for the big bash?

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  3. Oh darling, you closet looks divine!! So glad to see you at Catherine's party, please drop by my blog any time, I'd love to have you :)

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  4. This was so lovely to look at, all those clothes and accessories, well it made me feel shabby.
    Excellent post.
    Take care.
    Yvonne.

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  5. Joanny, How fabulous! I'm with One Crafty Fox, your closet looks divine. You need to put that dress on and come on over to my blog. There is a party going on and you don't want to miss it. I can't wait to meet you. Mona Providence Ltd.

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  6. Fabulous Joanny. I adore couture works of art and Fath was Genius!!

    Come and see what I have planned for Catherine's Party!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  7. It doesn't get any better than Fath....well, maybe Dior compares, but oh! to have lived in the 50's wearing both to parties...a privileged life indeed!
    I missed The Shiny Pebble's Soiree, but have made so many new friends!!! You can be sure I won't miss the next one!

    Sue

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  8. Beautiful post! Thank you for teaching us so much about the legendary Jacques Fath!

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  9. Gorgeous stuff! I'll take the red evening coat. My mother had a similar one of shocking pink slipper satin -- ooh, la la!

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  10. A beautiful and sensuous mix of photographs and truly interesting words, all sprinkled with the most magical French charm. This was a delight to read :D

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  11. These are all GORGEOUS! So classy too. Thanks for the nice comment! I LOVE that you keep bubbles even without the kids at home!

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  12. Joanny, darling, so nice to see you at the party. I am so sorry it took me so long to get over here... I love your eye for design and the history and research that took to put together this post. It is guests like you that make for interesting party conversation.
    Kisses
    Catherine

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  13. Hi Joanny thanks for visiting me...I really like your blog...this post is utterly chic!

    You are a poet! how wonderful and refreshing..I loved your post about the birds on the gulf coast below, and that haunting Danish painting tore into me..

    many thanks

    Kit

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  14. What I lovely blog and such an interesting post! I'm so glad I found you! Thank you for stopping by my blog. Catherine throws the best parties with the most interesting guests!

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  15. Your historical spin was so fresh and awesome! I just LOVE that!! And those shoes...amazing edit choice :) Good for you, and what a cool blog name!

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  16. Wow dear!!
    You are going to make a bold statemnt and backed with history :)
    Beautiful, I am not prepared for her party next time I will. I at this point will be showing up as a bag lady :(
    Unless you would like to loan me a dress :)
    xx
    Dore

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  17. Hello and thanks so much for stopping by La Lamp Shade!

    Raina

    If the Lamp Shade Fits

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  18. Joanny, thank you so much for visiting so that I could discover your lovely blog! And thank you for the well written and very interesting post. I will be looking for you at the party! You seem like a very intelligent and creative person!

    ox, Mon

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

    P.S I am now a follower.

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  19. joanny, i just lost the original message i wrote, something went wrong with my computer. this is such a great tribute to a legendary artist who passed on so early yet left an impact to the fashion world. thanks for sharing this. lovely vintage! thanks for your sweet comments. hope you are having a great evening! verbena cottage

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  20. Dearest Joanny,
    I'm not sure if my first (long) message got published, but anyway thanks so much for kind words, your awesomely beautiful blog on art and history of fashion. I'll inform you of my "Retrospect" hat collection in the near future. I had the fortune of designing and producing a hat, that I design for Pierre Balmain's "Ivoire" parfum campaign.
    Please have a look at my vintage "inspired" handbags. See you soon!
    Love, Kirsten
    PS. Iìm following you!!

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  21. Dear Joanny,
    Thank you for your kind words...just love the dresses...that was was a fun party don't you think so?

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  22. Never knew of these designers...lovely learning about their beautiful creations here!

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  23. You certainly know a thing or two about style and beauty! I would so love to wear those jewels!

    Best wishes and happy partying,
    Natasha.

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  24. Lovely party clothes and jewels-you are ever so stylish Joanny!

    Best wishes and happy partying,
    Natasha.

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  25. Wonderful post and tribute--I wish we could dress like this again!!

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    thank you for the blogging friendship!

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  29. Beautiful dresses - I can see why he became a legend!

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  30. Hi Joanny...such a beautiful post. Even in my gardening grubbies I am swept away by the evening dress...the red cloak, the jewel encrusted necklace, the idea of perfume. So lovely...merci! Trish

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