Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mutton Sleeves in May

This May day, mixes a modern mutton sleeve with some Marilyn Monroe, for a fancy, fantastical, floral-filled day!

Also known in French as the 'gigot' sleeve, the leg-of-mutton sleeve originated in the 1820s, appearing on the most decadent ballgowns. The trend wasn't seen again until the early 1900s, and was especially revived in the 1950s with the dawn of the 'New Look.' This special type of sleeve style was formed from a voluminous gathering of fabric that began at the upper part of the arm, and would taper to a tight fit from the elbow, down.

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A favorite frock of mine from the 1950s, this Pamela Scott design is made of white pique cotton, with an interesting silhouette of giant puffed sleeves, kissed with big bows. Its obvious that this dress was designed to make a statement, yet it remains demure, with its delicate floral embroidery ribbon trim, accentuating the waist. Many spring/summer day dresses of the 1950s & 1960s, featured pique cotton with a honeycomb texture, especially in a crisp, white.  


Marilyn always loved minimal colors, and was known saying that white was one of her favorite "colors." Marilyn was often seen in white cotton day dresses, especially during her New York years.








I've finished off this darling Spring ensemble with white floral ribbon gloves, and white Spring-o-lators, with floral embroidery. You may know I love to sprinkle small hair flowers throughout, and today calls for classic, white, hydrangea. A white, wicker purse with flower embellishment is always the last thing to top off a light look.

<3 Ashlyn

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