As Fashion Week in New York draws to a close, you may be looking for another sartorial fix. Look no farther than the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History Dressing for the Cocktail Hour. You’ll notice that almost all of the featured dresses from the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute are by French designers, with particularly strong representation from Christian Dior, as shown in the lovely dress above. This is an excellent resource for historical information as well as wonderful images.
Today’s expression, la belle histoire! (lah bell eestwar) literally means “the beautiful story” but is used ironically to mean “so what !” One of my colleagues told me a beautiful story that when she went off to university in the early 70’s, her grandmother insisted that she take a cocktail dress with her. Her attitude to that was “so what!” As a modern, liberated woman, she had more on her mind than sequins and the dress languished on the hanger. Times do change, but these dresses are still lovely to look at, even if cocktails aren’t in your plans for the weekend.
- Abréger une histoire (onequalitythefinest.com)