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Christian Dior, 1947: a pure example of timeless and classic

Christian Dior, 1947: a pure example of timeless and classic

FOGA label designer Samuel Kass black rayon crepe dress from the 1940s. This dress features fun details throughout, a fitted waistline, and a lovely silhouette. Label: Original Samuel Kass Registered with FOGA

FOGA label designer Samuel Kass black rayon crepe dress from the 1940s. This dress features fun details throughout, a fitted waistline, and a lovely silhouette. Label: Original Samuel Kass Registered with FOGA

Worth evening dress ca. 1913 From the collection of Alexandre Vassiliev

Worth evening dress ca. 1913 From the collection of Alexandre Vassiliev

Evening dress Charles James 1942-53, silk

Evening dress Charles James 1942-53, silk

Books reside in bookcases (with Gothic cornice ornament) and in display cases in this home library in Great Britain. (Photo: Huntley Hedworth). I would really love to see the rest of this; the little that I do see is very breathtaking.

Books reside in bookcases (with Gothic cornice ornament) and in display cases in this home library in Great Britain. (Photo: Huntley Hedworth). I would really love to see the rest of this; the little that I do see is very breathtaking.

Christian Louboutin's 'Operissima' sandals are modeled on the brand's classic silhouette but "dressed up with a coquettish flair." Made in Italy from black patent-leather, they're finished with pretty white scalloped cutouts that elegantly frame your foot and ties at the ankle. The slim stiletto heel is perfectly angled and shaped to reveal the iconic red sole as you walk.

Christian Louboutin's 'Operissima' sandals are modeled on the brand's classic silhouette but "dressed up with a coquettish flair." Made in Italy from black patent-leather, they're finished with pretty white scalloped cutouts that elegantly frame your foot and ties at the ankle. The slim stiletto heel is perfectly angled and shaped to reveal the iconic red sole as you walk.

Charles James - Couturier - Robe de Soirée - 'Ruban' - Camaïeu Doré -1938 - 1940

Charles James - Couturier - Robe de Soirée - 'Ruban' - Camaïeu Doré -1938 - 1940

Charles James produced some of the most memorable garments ever made. He began his design career in the 1930s. It peaked between the late 1940s and mid- 1950s, when his scarce and highly original gowns were sought after by society's most prominent women

Charles James produced some of the most memorable garments ever made. He began his design career in the 1930s. It peaked between the late 1940s and mid- 1950s, when his scarce and highly original gowns were sought after by society's most prominent women

1895 House of Worth Day Dress. (National Gallery of Victoria)

1895 House of Worth Day Dress. (National Gallery of Victoria)

Dress, Evening House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937) Designer: Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972) Date: spring/summer 1961 Culture: French Medium: silk, glass

Dress, Evening House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937) Designer: Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972) Date: spring/summer 1961 Culture: French Medium: silk, glass