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my grandma, somewhere in the early 40's

An amazing cuff detail of a coat!
Maison Margiela RTW 2014/15 by John Galliano

Christian Siriano fall 2014 RTW
full skirts with stitched down pleats

Rachel Zoe pre-fall 2014
This has a 30's elegance. The 2nd picture is lightened a bit to show the pretty ruffled details which are invisible because of the luscious black velvet fabric.

Ferragamo spring 2014
like the skirt and the 'destructed' jacket

'Everyday' glamour from Dita von Teese
Tailored tweed jacket and burgundy velvet pencil skirt

Rachel Zoe RTW fall 2013
Suede effect 3-piece suit. This looks like a great basic jacket and combines well with the double-breasted gilet.

Rachel Zoe RTW fall 2013
Leather and tweed. The same structured fabric is used both for the sweater and the coat.

Andrew Gn pre-fall 2014
A pretty combination of a jacket with leather details and a flared, lace skirt

Andrew Gn resort 2014
The cape adds a vaguely 30's flare

dior RTW spring 2013

dolce& gabbana RTW fall 2013
Bizantine inspiration. Interesting detail: some details are accentuated by embroidered gold and bordeaux metallic squares on the mosaic like print.

Very vintage!!! - diana von furstenberg Harper Ostrich Chain Bag

Valentino evening dress
Beautifully decorated fabric!!!! do you know the painting? It's inspired by the Adam and Eve painting of Lucas Cranach from 1526. Actually, they only added the flowers below the feet of the characters.

Schiaparelli spring 2014, designs by Marco Zanini
beautifully draped fabrics in combination with bold prints. Love the layers of the dress above!

Giulietta spring 2013 RTW
drape-y fabrics and feminine

Giulietta resort 2012
Geometric, color block 60's shapes

Dita von Teese wearing a very 40's inspired Carolina Herrera F2013 dress.
below: close-up of the graphic seamlines of the top:

Pamella Roland
2014 S rtw

Stella Jean
Statement skirt made of African ethnic inspired wax-block fabric

Valentino fall 2013
Very 30's, very Valentino

Valentino fall 2013
An elegant silhouet and....amazing shoes!!!!
You need a well-structured, practically not draping fabric to make this dress.

dsquared spring 2014
50's inspired dress

1961 wedding dress

Lena Hoschek A/W 2010
How cute is this blouse?! Add a few buttons + a few meters of rickrack in a contrasting color

1940 navy & white ensemble. Pleated skirt with wide waistband and a bolero with white revers and facings.

Two-piece dress Vogue 6712 pattern from 1966

Psychedelic typewriter print dress
Mary Katrantzou Fall 2012

Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 RTW
Just pretty colors! Monochrome with different textures + a short jumper!

Caroline Herrera fall 2013 RTW
30's chic!

dior haute couture S/S 2011
An amazing 50's inspired dress with multiple layers in the skirt

1941 coats

Prada RTW fall 2013 - pretty seeves!

Such a bold color combination! (Prada RTW fall 2013)

Valentino RTW 2013 Spring

Somehow I love the asymmetrical hemlines. The back of this Dior dress is prettier than the front.
source: http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/

A short cape with geometric lines.

50's inspired. Looks almost exactly as the Burda pattern!

Effortless summer dress.
Source: Angelica Blick blog

How about the fantastic color of this Burberry lace dress?

ModCloth Paper Moon dress
The sailor collar makes the 'fake' sleeves

The Lobster-dress (1937)
Designed by Elsa Schiaparelli with the Lobster-motif by Salvador Dali. On the right the infamous Wallis Simpson wearing the dress

All three pictures above are from the Lena Hoschek AW 2011/12 show The dresses have a vintage feel with the lovely pastel colors and the bright red jacket and skirt looks very 'New Look'

Modcloth A discontinued blouse with fun details made out of a few meters of ribbon...a quite 30's detail and easy to reproduce.

Calvin Klein pre-fall 2012
A wool coat that almost looks like a dress!

'Ruffle crow dress' from Modcloth
Lovely details, the ruffles, the piping... Something I definitely will adapt when making a wrap-dress.

'Streetcar commute dress' from Modcloth
A starlet-type dress. Looking very vintage with the details.

 Modcloth desert darling dress

Jim Hjelm wedding gown
The most beautiful lace back ever!
The description from the website: "Ivory Alencon Lace over Champagne Charmeuse modified A-line bridal gown, sweetheart neckline, three quarter sleeve, natural waist accented with crystal belt, open back, sweep train."

Delphine Manivet wedding dress back

Anne Valerie Hash 2009 couture
Pretty seamlines make this dress special

Burberry Prorsum S/S 2010 coat
Great detail on the sleeves

Ulyana Sergeenko RTW F/W 2011/12
Such a simple, ageless and elegant dress! Perfect fit and pop of color is the key.

Miu Miu RTW Fall 2010
Beautifully 'sculpted' garments. Would loooooove to have that coat... and the lavender skirt is pretty too.

How awesome is this dress? Geometrically structured stripes...
It is actually a costume from the movie W.E. (1930-40's period)
The elegant wardrobe in W.E. was created by Arianne Phillips.

Prada 2010 fall RTW
I'm totally in love with this dress! Pretty, simple lines and just 2 details: the folds at the busts and the ruffles on the bottom. And a realy flattering, fitted a-line too!

Karen Millen 'Classic investment coat'
Nice construction at  the back!

Chloe spring 2012 dress
Though I don't like the colors I love the skirt with the ruffles and the pockets

BHLDN ' Watercourse jacket'
Love it!!!

How pretty is this one? From BHLDN.
'Tracy Reese retro style 3/4 sleeve tulle era dress with floral appliques dotted with Swarovski crystal. Ruched band of silk taffeta at the waist and a voluminous, below-the-knee scalloped skirt.' Whoooow!

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2012 show
A beautifully fitted crocheted dress.

A typical wartime silhouette, slightly fitted bodice and a beautiful flared skirt, nicely fitted at the waist/hips

Early forties day dresses

Bernie Dexter 'Lana Swing dress'

Nanette Lepore blue polkadot dress. A sort of 40's feel with many beautiful details!

Modcloth 'In line with style' dress
A beautiful use of contrasting fabric

3 pics above: Louis Vuitton RTW Fall 2010
I love these silhouettes and the jacket on photo no.1 is just beautiful!

Shirtwaist dress with skirt side panels