Ahead of the Curve!

Full figures and big hips aren’t the norm at Fashion Week. But one guy seeks to change that!

Take a trip down memory lane when the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor ruled the fashion world. Hourglass figures where the thing. I mean all you need do is watch an episode of Mad Men to see how different the fashion was and what was considered beauty. 

Marilyn Monroe, Wearing more than her Chanel No 5!-The ladies of Mad Men showing us volume is EVERYTHING!



It was Christian Dior who brought this fashion around, his haute couture collection caused quite a stir on the cold feburary in 1947! It was a “Luxurious and Radiant” decade in women’s fashion Or at least that’s what Olivier Saillard, director of the Palais Galliera fashion museum says!

A visitor looks at vintage dresses by designers Christian Dior, Jacques Heim and Givenchy presented in the exhibition ''Les Annees 50, La mode en France'' (The 50s. Fashion in France, 1947-1957) at the Palais Galliera  fashion museum in Paris, July 10, 2014. Drawing on the museum's extensive archive of garments and accessories, the exposition, which will run from July 11 to November 2, 2014, showcases not only styles by Dior, but by such greats as Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain and Hubert de Givenchy as well as more unfamiliar, though no less important, names like Jacques Fath and Jacques Heim. Picture taken July 10, 2014.   REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: FASHION SOCIETY) - RTR3Y6M9

Seriously, this museum has TONS of Fashion history archived away, suits, dresses shoes [I think I may faint!] not just by Dior! No, they have squirrelled away such amazing Designers such as Givenchy, Balenciaga to name but few!

“This was haute couture’s golden age, when Paris regained its title of world fashion capital,” said Saillard, who on Wednesday night – during haute couture fashion week in Paris – and gave the select few an advance peek at the show.

Audrey Hepburn dressed by Hubert de Givenchy for "Love in the Afternoon" by Billy Wilder, 1956. © Alain Adler / Roger-Viollet

Audrey Hepburn, Major inspiration to Givenchy.


The museum is totally Magnifique with Dresses for cocktail hours, balls, lazy summer afternoons – even gloves, hats, brassieres and swimsuits – all making show under that beautiful ornate ceiling of the Palais Galliera.


They have Everything here even a silk gown donated by the Prince stealer herself Wallis Simpson!

Saillard said he wants  young designers to see the show and take inspiration from the 1950s, as designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and Dior’s former creative director John Galliano did. 

“You usually need 20 years to appreciate an earlier era,” Saillard said. “It’s never the women who wore ’50s fashion who wants to wear it again – it’s their grand-daughters.”

The exhibit runs through Nov. 2.


So Funky Frugalers if you find yourself in Gay Paris then you MUST see this show!



 XOXO #FunkyFrugal

This entry was published on July 11, 2014 at 10:31 pm and is filed under Beauty, Clothes, Dresses, Fashion, Fashionblogger, Historical, Likes, Paris, Polyvore, Retro, Shoes, Style, Swim Wear, Swimwear, Vintage. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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