Thursday, August 8, 2013

Sack It To Me

As early as 1950 American designer Norman Norell introduced the chemise. But it wasn't until seven years later, elegantly presentedif inelegantly re-christened the sackby Balenciaga and Dior that the shape took hold.

Marilyn Monroe in the Potato Sack dress, 1950.

Balenciaga Chemise dress, 1959. 
Image: FIDM Museum blog.

The sack was just what it sounds like and for the first time in over one hundred and fifty years, women didn't have to watch their waistlines.

Left: Wool Sack dress by Givenchy, 1957.
Right: Dior Sack dress, 1957.
Image Sources: Pinterest.

 Yves Saint Laurent "Mondrian" wool jersey Sack dress, 1965.
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Nevertheless, the style was controversial with the fashion press, unpopular with men, and a year later women themselves sacked it.

Courtesy of Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger.


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