Object of Desire: Black and White Bias Cut Dress
What makes for a great summer dress? I've been feeling strongly lately about the 1930's bias cut silhouette. There's a lightness and movement provided by the bias cut that seems ideal for summer. On the hunt for a dress, I came across a few notable black and white options, which while technically unavailable, are inspiring me to have something custom made in their likeness.
First up is this 1930s silk chiffon gown with a black contrasting collar featuring an airy bow. What isn't perfect about this dress, I ask you? The vintage gown sleuth who picked this treasure up at $295 (via eBay) needs to be lauded for her skills, but I digress. The sheerness of the silk chiffon gives the dress some versatility. You could line it with a white slip or a black one, or mix things up and line it with a non-neutral color and then add a pair of matching earrings or pin a flower, for example, to emphasize said color.
Next, this gem of an asymmetrical gown by American fashion designer Jessie Franklin Turner via the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here, the ivory is complemented by black satin on the top half of the bodice and a black accent on the sash. It even has a matching jacket!
Finally, this 1930s black satin Chanel haute couture evening gown with an ivory flounce train. The dress itself is a simple black bias in the front, but the addition of the contrasting ivory panel on the train makes it exceptional.
And don't even get me started on this back!
What I love about each of these dresses is their timeless elegance. This is the spirit I'm trying to capture in the wardrobe I'm always building and tweaking and dreaming about in my head. As Elsa Schiaparelli said, "Dresses that are truly beautiful are never unfashionable." And so the hunt continues for that truly beautiful summer dress.