Saturday, January 12, 2013

But For A Song

If he hadn't lost his voice, Mainbocher might have become the successful singer he yearned to be.  Instead, he turned to designing, in 1930 becoming the first American to open a successful haute couture house in Paris.

 Mainbocher, 1941, Vogue

His trouser suit of striped cotton imitated the suites of workmen.  

 Navy WAVES uniform designed by Mainbocher

Marsha Hunt in Mainbocher tweed ensemble, 1935

1950's strapless gown

Mainbocher silk dress, June 1956, Vogue

But he is best remembered for his evening wear.  He designed the wedding gown Mrs. Wallis Simpson wore when she wed the Duke of Windsor.  

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor at Chateau De Conde, France, 1937

And Mainbocher created the popular color "Wallis Blue".

The Duke and Duchess with their dog, Miami, 1941

Courtesy of Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger


  1. Very interesting! It's not my favourite style, but I do like the strapless evening dress =)

    1. Nat - I agree. I also like the silk dress from 1956.