Fashion Fancies: April 1925
This fashion editorial is taken from my copy of Woman’s Pictorial, 4th April 1925. Enjoy!
La Mode Can be Likened to a Woman – In That Her Ways Are Sometimes Strange
It is not enough to know the trend of Fashion. La Mode also has all kinds of little vagaries, about which to display ignorance is a crime indeed if you would be considered of the world-that-is-in-the-swim.
Did You Know That -
Hand-painting is very fashionable, and lends a most expensive air to the simplest dance dress. Evening frocks of tulle have multi-coloured flowers hand painted with oils. White crêpe de Chine summer dresses are also decorated by hand painting, and it will wash! The idea seems to be to obtain the wildest combination of colours in your paint-box. Scarves and hats to match also reveal this attractive painting.
Piping is much used for trimming the new tailored styles we all have to wear whether we like them or not. Braid and leather pipings are the favourites, especially in sports suits and overcoats.
The finest of fine gathers are very much used on our new dresses. They trim a cuff or decorate the head of a panel.
Charming decorations for evening frocks are made from tulle and chiffon twisted into strands, and sewn in the shape of flowers and appliquéd on chiffon or georgette.
Coloured rice is sewn on like embroidered beads, with long strands of rice threaded into a fringe.
Fullness to the front, is the very thing for spring, either in the form of box-pleats, inverted pleats, or gathers. Often a coat-frock flaunts a little flaring apron front added at the hipline. It is a charming notion which fashions box-pleated skirts with inside folds of a contrasting colour, only to be revealed when in movement. For instance, a white kasha skirt has black inside pleats.
On another box-pleated skirt the belt was threaded in and out the pleats at the waist.
Things to Notice
VERY wide soft leather belts are often worn with coat-frocks.
GORGEOUSLY embroidered materials are seen both by day and night.
A TOUCH of gold never looks amiss on almost any toilette.
DEEP yokes are quite a feature and are often an excuse for obtaining greater ease in the bodice.
INVERTED pleats are usually stitched down to the knee. Many coats and dresses have an inverted pleat right up the centre-back.
A GREAT point is made of pockets, which are masterpieces in ingenuity.
TASSELS are great pets with the dressmakers – one long one decorates the front of a bodice, little ones tip any point on a dress, or swing on a hat.
IT is significant that a touch of colour is now very welcome in street clothes. Even with a plain reefer suit you may wear a brightly embroidered jumper and be chic. Coat linings are sometimes decorated along the edges by ruched coloured ribbon. Coloured embroidered pockets are often sewn on just inside the lining.
SHOES are also quite elaborate, and display bright pipings, such as cherry on grey.
*Ninon: a sturdy chiffon or voile constructed in either plain or novelty weaves and generally used in the manufacture of women’s garments, curtains, and drapery.
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