Today we present the designer dresses that have made history. These are real must-haves that should find a place in every woman’s wardrobe.
Today we propose a journey through the fashion of the twentieth century and the evolution of the textile industry. We will tell you about the birth of ready-to-wear and iconic clothes that have accompanied the history of women and female emancipation.
Dior’s “New Look” (1947): Soft shoulders, cinched waist and wide, slightly full skirts. This was the Dior woman of the early post-war period. The term was coined by the director of Harper’s Bazaar who exclaimed: “It’s such a new look!” to emphasize the breath of fresh air and innovation that this collection had brought to the world of fashion. The success was epic.
The shocking pink dress: Few people know that the inventor of the shocking pink color was a designer named Elsa Schiaparelli. Multifaceted and extravagant designer, eternal rival of Coco Chanel, she had contacts with the surrealists and brought many innovations to the fashion of the time, she was a true pioneer in the use of completely new sartorial elements such as zippers, padded shoulder straps and extremely bright and garish colors: among them the emblematic shade of pink that colored the packaging of her first perfume “Shocking”. Hence the idea of using this color for a dress with a romantic line. A hyper-feminine combination.
The Chanel suit: Towards the end of the 50’s, Coco Chanel wanted to produce comfortable yet elegant garments that perfectly reflected the woman of the time: free, dynamic, casual. That’s why she created her very personal version of the suit: wartime wartime offered her only jersey fabric, simple but endowed with extraordinary versatility, with which she created a knee-length skirt and a jacket with essential lines and profiles edged with contrasting trimmings and embellished with gold buttons. Thousands of women around the world wore the suit and still do, and its unmistakable allure still makes it a timeless garment.
The Little Black Dress: Better known as the little black dress. How can we forget the Givenchy longuette made iconic by a beautiful Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”? The little black dress is the passepartout of all formal occasions. You can never go wrong with a sheath dress. It is a simple short sleeveless dress whose length can reach the knee or the ankle. Black, simple, minimal and eternally chic, it is a must-have item, absolutely essential in every woman’s wardrobe.
The Mondrian dress: When art and fashion merge together in a geometric embrace, the result can only be the Mondrian dress. In 1965 Yves Saint Laurent transferred from canvas to fabric the famous “Composition in yellow, red and blue” by Dutch painter Piet Mondrian to create a dress with straight lines, black outlines and colored blocks sewn together. It was one of the most successful collections in the history of fashion.
The “Valentino Red” dress: Like Elsa Schiaparelli, Valentino invented his own color that became the emblem of the maison. A particular shade of very bright red between purple, carmine and cadmium red. Valentino was inspired during a vacation in Barcelona where he was enormously impressed by the bright shades of this color. Hundreds of women have worn this garment of unmistakable sensuality and elegance, from Jacqueline Kennedy to Sophia Loren, from Monica Vitti to Elizabeth Taylor. Even today it is the spearhead of the maison, which puts at least one garment in this color in all its shows, almost as if it were a sort of superstition.
The mini-dress: The sixties: the decade in which the hems of the skirts were shortened at a dizzying pace. In 1965, the young London designer Mary Quant invented the minidress and the more famous mini-skirt inspired by another Mini (the famous car) and by doing so she catalyzed the attention of public opinion. The well-thinking people went pale, the bigots cried scandal, but it didn’t matter; ’68 was close. There was an air of change, of small and big revolutions. And this revolutionary novelty colored the streets of a gray and gloomy London. Success soon spread worldwide and gave a new style and a new identity to all the girls of the time. Even Queen Elizabeth II was convinced to slightly shorten the hem of her dresses.