Thursday, September 25, 2008

TAFETTA Smörgåsbord

Since the Renaissance period, taffeta has been considered a desirable fabric and is still considered a "high end" fabric in the 21st Century. Although piece dyed taffeta may be used as curtains, the yarn dyed taffeta concoctions designed by Yves Saint Laurent are about as far removed from curtains as one can get.

The first taffeta concoction features a base of black velvet with dramatic puffy sleeves and belt in pewter. The plunge of the dress insures a blend of sexiness and classy lady in one size 38 dress to impress.

The second taffeta concoction is taffeta times three. This is a taffeta ensemble for those who what to do taffeta head-to-toe. It starts with a ruffle collar blouse of white taffeta trimmed in black. The skirt is two layers - a base of black taffeta that is full and longer than the top layer of black taffeta trimmed with a grand ruffle of white taffeta. One can certainly wear each piece individually or surrender to the full look - an iconic and eye catching entrance maker for a Grand Night.

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche pewter taffeta and black velvet cocktail dress, c early 1980s. Marked 38, modern 4 to 6 SOLD
Yves Saint Laurent 3 piece ensemble of black and white taffeta, c late 1970s. All pieces marked size 38, modern 4 to 6
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