Saturday, September 19, 2009


If you watch "Mad Men" then the style of this dress is quite familiar to you: a strapless floral dress with a wasp waist and bubble skirt. It's the look of Season Three! This is very typical of early 1960s American fashion and promises a woman a curvy silhouette and is ideal for cocktail hour when it really meant putting on a cocktail dress and having cocktails. Times have changed. Arnold Scaasi uses a vibrant purple background on this silk faille dress and further enhances it with an abstract red floral pattern that gathers from the top of the bustier portion down to the red bowed waist. Between the sophisticated floral pattern, sensual silhouette, dramatic back, and jewel-tone colors, how can one go wrong wearing this to a "grown up" event? With runways filled with 1980s and early 1990s references as of late, a dress that is nearly fifty years old looks fresh in the mixed sea of maxi and minimalist fashions that all try so hard to be "edgy." Perhaps, overt femininity is the new edgy!

Arnold Scaasi purple and red floral strapless cocktail dress, c. early 1960s. Modern size 6 (room for an ample bosom) SOLD
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