Hello, History! Temperley London’s Fall 2011 Show

When I was a wee one, making clothes for my Trolls out of fabric scraps, I doubt I knew what ‘historical fashion’ was. But we’re a ways away from those days now, and, boy, do I love me some historical fashion! I got into costume design in college, wrote my senior art history paper on Schiaparelli’s fashion as surrealist object, and even thought about making “Historical Fashion” my middle name.

So, when I saw the wealth of historical influence in Temperley London’s Fall 2011 show, I was bowled over like a pins in a lane-cracking strike. Temperley London managed to cram pretty much every decade of the first half of the 20th century into their show, and below are a few of my faves!

Images via Style.com and Vintage Wedding.

The first time I saw a white work gown, it was starry-eyed love at first site. This runway piece echoes the white work dresses of early 20th quite perfectly, from the full length and long sleeves, to the delicate floral embroidery and salt white hue.

Images via Style.com and Milk Teeth.

This is one you’re probably familiar with–1920s flapper style. Dropped hem, fringe-swept skirt, silvery, beaded silhouette? If you didn’t have the photos above, you’d probably have a hard time figuring out if I was talking about this Temperley piece or the real deal.

Images via Style.com and Flickr user Gatochy.

Are you as impressed as I am as to how the Temperley dress above captures the glamorous feel of ’30s eveningwear? Must have something to do with the bias cut and luxurious satin fabric, two things that are practically prerequisites for  ’30s-era gowns.

Images via Style.com and Adclassix.

Picture a well-dressed lady circa 1943. What would she be wearing? A high-waisted pencil skirt with a billowy, tucked in blouse, perhaps? Oh funny, that’s exactly what this model is wearing! And, if you look closely, you’ll see nude fishnets beneath the svelte, retro silhouette of the shirt and skirt.

Which decade or piece do you like best?


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    Alice 02/21/2011 at 9:00 pm #

    These are breathtaking and look ready to wear off the runway. You can clearly see the historical influence in each piece, yet it’s a fresh reinvention from both a historical and modern perspective. In fact, these pieces don’t look so much as reinventions but as continuations of past trends, taking them in a classier and less anachronistic direction. Thank you for turning me onto this designer!

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    katie petix 02/21/2011 at 9:04 pm #

    I am sooo in love with the 30’s! All the long draped gowns with beautiful open backs, beautiful silky fabrics, wonderfully elegant and feminine.
    xoxo kat

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    Ellie 02/21/2011 at 10:12 pm #

    Those are amazing! I especially like the 20’s done… and the 40’s one… and the 10’s one… okay, so I love them all! They are so soft and feminine, too, without being too costume-y!

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    Sarita 02/21/2011 at 11:22 pm #

    I love these!

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    jodi 02/22/2011 at 9:11 am #

    I have always LOVED Temperley, and this line shows why. It’s just so sad that everything’s too far out of my price range!

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    Cristina 02/22/2011 at 1:49 pm #

    I am never able to make a decision on my favorite decade. For my wedding I did a cross between the 20’s and 30’s but my staples always bring me back to the 40’s and 50’s. I too am a fashion history buff! This is an amazing entry!

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    Cristina 02/22/2011 at 1:50 pm #

    P.S I write a BLOG all about Hoisery, so I would have to say that is my favorite vintage touch to every outfit!

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    giulia 02/23/2011 at 11:04 am #

    what a beuatiful post, very interesting and inspiring to think about fashion history

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    Rebecca 02/25/2011 at 2:01 am #

    Hope you don’t mind…I’ve posted a link to this post on my group’s facebook wall: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=7546187115

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    Maree 03/09/2011 at 9:01 pm #

    Very beautiful! A favorite for sure

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