Friday, October 29, 2010


Please do not get Arthur Falkenstein mixed up with Victor Frankenstein. These are two entirely different createurs and creators! (We know young couturier Arthur Falkenstein was probably teased something awful for sharing a similar name with the notorious figure of fiction). We love that this 1940s silk flocked dress has arrived fro Halloween weekend, however. aside from the spooky name (and against our mantra to not dress in vintage and look like you are in a Halloween costume) we say wear this dress on Halloween as your costume! Channel 1940s Lauren Bacall and go out and about as Hollywood Icon. Of course, on 1 November, you can wear this dress in a totally modern way - maybe shorten the length for a more 21st century fitted silhouette.

So, what about Mr. Falkenstein? He was an American Couturier on par with Sophie of Saks and Hattie Carnegie who is represented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was a popular designer during Carmel Snow's reign at Harper's Bazaar, particularly in the 1940s and 1950s.

And what about the dress? A hatler of black silk with red flocked feather pattern, the skirt tapers for a fitted figure flattering silhouette so popular because of the fabric rationing during WWII. We topped the dress off with a dramatic monkey fur jacket. Drama!

Arthur Falkenstein black halter ankle length evening dress with red flocked feather pattern, shown with monkey fur jacket c. 1940s. Modern size 6 (may we suggest shortening the dress for a more modern length?)
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