Two trends that I spotted when flipping through the January 2006 supplement of Italian Vogue were the prevelent use of sheer fabrics and lace.
Amuleti J, Blumarine and Sonia Rykiel's (dress pictured above) collections were influenced by the 1920's and 1930's. Where as Oscar de la Renta and La Perla's collections were more influenced by the 1950's and 1960's.
Lace first appeared on the robes of royalty and religous figures. And in the late 1700's and the 1800's the use of lace became more widely spread because it could be manufactured by machine. The Victorians and Edwardians were quite fond of the use of lace in their clothing.
Dresses from the 20's were loose fitting and were often decorated with embroidery, beads and sequins. 30's dresses were bias cut and featured flared hemlines. 50's dresses had fitted tops and full skirts. And 60's dresses tended to be more fitted overall.
I found some nice 30's lace dresses at Hemlock Vintage Clothing and Woodland Farms Antiques and Vintage.
This post was originally published on February 4, 2006. First Fashion Fridays post.