Sunday, February 20, 2011

Vogue (British edition) 1946

Photographed by Cecil Beaton, this sophisticated fuschia evening dress was designed by Peter Russell for the London Designers' Collections for Export.  This put it out of reach even for most readers of Vogue - clothes like this were designed strictly for export to help Britain's precarious balance of payments.  Meanwhile at home clothing was still tightly rationed and designs regulated.  Luxury wear like this would have been the stuff of dreams only.

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