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"Dresses: A Timeless Tale of Elegance and Expression" Step back in time to the Harvey Nichols advertisement of 1953

Background imageDresses Collection: Eastbourne Pier 1950S

Eastbourne Pier 1950S
Holidaymakers and day trippers on the beach at Eastbourne, Sussex, England, beside Eastbourne Pier

Background imageDresses Collection: A Four Year Old with a Cat and a Fish, 1647 (oil on canvas)

A Four Year Old with a Cat and a Fish, 1647 (oil on canvas)
7300633 A Four Year Old with a Cat and a Fish, 1647 (oil on canvas) by Cuyp, Jacob Gerritsz (1594-1651); 108x80 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDresses Collection: Ingrid Bergman filming in Covent Garden London with Cary Grant December 1957

Ingrid Bergman filming in Covent Garden London with Cary Grant December 1957

Background imageDresses Collection: Harvey Nichols advertisement, 1953

Harvey Nichols advertisement, 1953
Two friends, wearing extremely similar check cotton dresses in Horrockses fabric, share a joke. Date: 1953

Background imageDresses Collection: Rock N Roll Dance

Rock N Roll Dance
Rock and roll enthusiasts, dressed in 1950s clothes, including DA hairstyles, Teddy Boy jackets and spotted dresses which swirl to reveal stocking-tops!

Background imageDresses Collection: Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo, 1815. The

Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo, 1815. The French, English and Prussian armies were defeated, which implied the fall of the emperor. Drawing

Background imageDresses Collection: Dior dress and Fath suit, 1954

Dior dress and Fath suit, 1954
A dress in diaphanous floral chiffon with a 3D rose at the shoulder and a leather belt at the waist by Christian Dior. On the right is the braced silhouette of a tweed suit by Fath with vertical

Background imageDresses Collection: Fashions for 1954

Fashions for 1954
On the left, a caramel coloured restaurant suit in heavy silk shantung, its melting shoulder line, vertically seamed jacket, slanting pockets " are all allies for your pleasant evening"

Background imageDresses Collection: Flower in her Hair by David Wright

Flower in her Hair by David Wright
Lovely pin-up by David Wright depicting a slender woman in a strapless black evening dress at her dressing table fixing a flower into her swept up hair. c.1950

Background imageDresses Collection: Couple kissing outside Carnaby Street boutique

Couple kissing outside Carnaby Street boutique
A couple kissing in front of iconic Carnaby Street boutique, I was Lord Kitcheners Valet. Hanging outside can be seen a variety of mens vintage clothing including a naval peacoat

Background imageDresses Collection: Tango. Watercolor by Marcel Vertes (1895-1961) published

Tango. Watercolor by Marcel Vertes (1895-1961) published in l Illustration on November 26, 1925. Watercolour

Background imageDresses Collection: Marriage of Greville Worthington and Diana Duncombe

Marriage of Greville Worthington and Diana Duncombe
A very tall groom, Mr William Greville Worthington (1903 - 1942) with his considerably shorter bride, Miss Mary Diana Duncombe (1905 - 1943) after their wedding at St

Background imageDresses Collection: Persian Manuscript, 1650. Court of a Safavid dynasty

Persian Manuscript, 1650. Court of a Safavid dynasty prince. Persian art. Safavid period. Miniature Painting. EGYPT. CAIRO. Cairo. Museum of Islamic Arts

Background imageDresses Collection: Knill Monument, St Ives, Cornwall. 1901 or 1906

Knill Monument, St Ives, Cornwall. 1901 or 1906
Panoramic view of crowds at the " Knill Ceremony" overlooking Carbis Bay, St Ives, probably 1901 or 1906. John Knill was born in Callington on 1st January 1733

Background imageDresses Collection: Pin up in Pink by David Wright

Pin up in Pink by David Wright
A lovely pin-up by David Wright featuring a blonde woman in a pink dress with a matching pink flower in her hair against a black background. c.1947

Background imageDresses Collection: The Tatler Autumn Fashion Number 1955

The Tatler Autumn Fashion Number 1955
A stunning, bold front cover design featuring a tall and elegant woman wearing a simple black strapless evening dress and a sumptuous lime green wrap with matching choker necklace

Background imageDresses Collection: A fashion Phantasy by Gordon Conway

A fashion Phantasy by Gordon Conway
A fashion illustration showing models wearing various party dresses

Background imageDresses Collection: Tango, 1912. Dance originating in Argentina that

Tango, 1912. Dance originating in Argentina that was introduced in Europe after World War I

Background imageDresses Collection: Royal Wedding 1947

Royal Wedding 1947
A page from The Tatler entitled, Happiness was the Keynote with two photographs of the wedding day of Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten (Prince Philip)

Background imageDresses Collection: Wedding dress of Aphra Farquhar by Worth

Wedding dress of Aphra Farquhar by Worth
A regal wedding dress of white pure silk and antique lace designed by Owen Hyde-Clarke of Worth for the wedding of Aphra Farquhar Fetherstonhaugh to the Earl of Dundonald in 1960

Background imageDresses Collection: In a Theatre Box

In a Theatre Box
In a box at the Opera Comique, Paris, their evening dresses by Molyneux (2), Beer and Premet can hardly be seen : but when the interval comes, things will be different

Background imageDresses Collection: Women outdoors 1881

Women outdoors 1881
Two women in walking dresses at the seaside. 1881

Background imageDresses Collection: Fashions for a Coronation Summer, 1953

Fashions for a Coronation Summer, 1953
A crease-resisting nylon tulle evening dress from Marshall and Snelgrove, one of a quartette of outfits showcased by the Tatler as being perfect for the Coronation summer of 1953

Background imageDresses Collection: Two types of dresses, 1954

Two types of dresses, 1954
On the left, an 1890-inspired party frock in striped taffeta with the stand-up collar, tight bodice, near-crinoline skirt, and steel-buttoned

Background imageDresses Collection: Social / Cup Day at Ascot

Social / Cup Day at Ascot
Society ladies in Ascot fashions: hobble skirts & panniers, tunic dresses, a loose fitting kimono style dress with oriental embroidery. N.B unfashionably large hats!

Background imageDresses Collection: Women from Lublin, Poland

Women from Lublin, Poland
Village peasant women from Lublin, Poland Date: circa 1910s

Background imageDresses Collection: 1910s France Le Sourire Magazine Cover

1910s France Le Sourire Magazine Cover

Background imageDresses Collection: Pavlova, Anna (1882-1931). Russian classical

Pavlova, Anna (1882-1931). Russian classical dancer. Poster of the Russian Ballets

Background imageDresses Collection: Strawberry Pickers

Strawberry Pickers

Background imageDresses Collection: Evening Dresses / Worth

Evening Dresses / Worth
Sensually draped dresses with narrow beaded straps, square necklines & detailing over one hip - some with double or triple skirts, uneven hemlines & trains. N.B feather fans

Background imageDresses Collection: COSTUME FOR 1815-1820

COSTUME FOR 1815-1820
French & German dress 1815-20 according to a later source: cut-away coat & white trousers, pelisse with mancherons & dresses with profusely trimmed hemlines

Background imageDresses Collection: Football Spectators

Football Spectators
At the Olympics 1924 : these two ladies may be passionate about le foot, but they also want you to notice their dresses by Jeanne Lanvin and Doeuillet. Olympic Games

Background imageDresses Collection: Four daughters of Tsar Nicolas II

Four daughters of Tsar Nicolas II
MARIE, TATIANA, ANASTASIA & OLGA Daughters of Nicolas II and Alexandra of Russia

Background imageDresses Collection: Mary (1542-1587). Queen of Scotland (1542-1567)

Mary (1542-1587). Queen of Scotland (1542-1567)

Background imageDresses Collection: Princess Sophie of Greece on her wedding day

Princess Sophie of Greece on her wedding day
Princess Sophie of Greece (1914-2001), elder sister of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on her wedding day when she married Prince Christoph of Hesse-Cassel, 15th December 1930

Background imageDresses Collection: Miss Jennifer Stratton

Miss Jennifer Stratton
Cover of The Tatler featuring Miss Jennifer Stratton, one of the debutantes of 1956, wearing the dress in which she attended Queen Charlottes Ball. She is the daughter of Major and Mrs F.J. Stratton

Background imageDresses Collection: Mary Quant Ginger Group dresses in Liberty print, 1964

Mary Quant Ginger Group dresses in Liberty print, 1964
Traditional Libert print used for a new-old look in Mary Quants Ginger Group collection. Fashioned in demure covered-up little dresses with pique collars and cuffs

Background imageDresses Collection: Lauren Bacall with her daughter in Paris walking on the streets July 1968

Lauren Bacall with her daughter in Paris walking on the streets July 1968

Background imageDresses Collection: Judi Bowker Actress Stars In Black Beauty - September 1972 Dbase Msi

Judi Bowker Actress Stars In Black Beauty - September 1972 Dbase Msi

Background imageDresses Collection: Young people at a Rock and Roll dance, Cornwall

Young people at a Rock and Roll dance, Cornwall. Date: 1985

Background imageDresses Collection: Two Girls Play Leapfrog

Two Girls Play Leapfrog
Two girls playing leapfrog in country grassland

Background imageDresses Collection: A for Alsatian and Harlequin, around 1920 (print)

A for Alsatian and Harlequin, around 1920 (print)
8600164 A for Alsatian and Harlequin, around 1920 (print) by French School, (20th century); 31x24 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Alphabet du bal costume", Hachette, publisher)

Background imageDresses Collection: Springtime tableau

Springtime tableau - Young childrenin fresh bright dresses out in the Spring sunshine, picking Spring flowers, watching young creatures, birds nesting in fresh young birch trees, prancing lambs

Background imageDresses Collection: Model Twiggy seen here modelling a mini dress with her Swedish 'double'

Model Twiggy seen here modelling a mini dress with her Swedish "double"
Model Twiggy seen here modelling a mini dress with her Swedish " double" Kerstin Lindberg on Little Portland Street, London

Background imageDresses Collection: Actress Katy Wild beating an old African drum which is made into a chair

Actress Katy Wild beating an old African drum which is made into a chair © Mirrorpix

Background imageDresses Collection: Mending Nets, West Cornwall Fisheries Exhibition, Penzance, Cornwall

Mending Nets, West Cornwall Fisheries Exhibition, Penzance, Cornwall. 29th August to 9th September 1884
A posed group of eight women wearing traditional costumes and carrying out tasks associated with the fishing industry. The handwritten caption underneath reads Costumes of Fish Women at Penzance

Background imageDresses Collection: Gill family, Comprigney House, Truro, Cornwall. Before 1916

Gill family, Comprigney House, Truro, Cornwall. Before 1916
A group of three women from the Gill family seated on a deckchair and a bench in the garden of Comprigney House. The woman on the left, holding the flowers, is Major Arthur William Gills mother, Ada

Background imageDresses Collection: Belinda Bellville wedding gown

Belinda Bellville wedding gown
Model wears a stunning Belinda Bellville wedding dress, in Bianchinis pure silk satin. Ballooning panniers flowing into a train are attached to a narrow belt which encircles the narrow sheath dress



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"Dresses: A Timeless Tale of Elegance and Expression" Step back in time to the Harvey Nichols advertisement of 1953, where they were showcased as a symbol of sophistication and style. From the Rock N Roll Dance floors to Napoleon's grandeur in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, they have always played a significant role in capturing attention. Travel further back to 1912 when the Tango originated in Argentina, captivating hearts with its passionate moves and glamorous attire. Fashions for 1954 took center stage, reflecting an era filled with grace and poise. In "Flower in her Hair" by David Wright or Gordon Conway's "A Fashion Phantasy, " dresses become more than just garments; they transform into works of art that inspire imagination. Picture a couple stealing a kiss outside a Carnaby Street boutique or immerse yourself in Marcel Vertes' watercolor depiction of the Tango - both instances showcasing how they are evoke emotions and create lasting memories. Even historical events like the marriage between Greville Worthington and Diana Duncombe are remembered not only for their significance but also for the exquisite gowns worn on those special occasions. From pin-ups like David Wright's "Pin up in Pink" to Persian Manuscripts from 1650 displaying courtly fashion during Safavid dynasty rule, dresses transcend time and culture, leaving an indelible mark on society's collective memory. Whether it be through advertisements, dances, paintings, or manuscripts - one thing remains constant: Dresses possess an enchanting power that allows individuals to express their unique identities while embracing timeless elegance.