To fully appreciate Haute Couture and the workmanship involved, you need to look beyond the exterior at the cut, stitching and underpinning. So, we’ve decided to turn one of our Dior garments inside out, the one we believe belonged to Mrs Elizabeth Parke Firestone (or her daughter, also called Elizabeth – thanks Bob!), which I blogged about earlier!
The first shot, above, is the outside of the bodice, but showing the extra details you can’t normally see when worn. There is a zipper which extends beyond the line of the garment to prevent bulkiness around the bottom, black elastic to attach to the stockings and buttons which fasten to the inside of the waist – all intimate details which help to keep the garment close-fitting and securely in place. From the waist down, silk has also been used instead of wool, to take away that added bulk which would be apparent from having two layers of wool.
Looking at the front of the bodice, inside out, there is blue padding on the breasts to create fullness.
And, here you can better see the extended zipper, which has been put in by hand rather than machine sewn.
Inside the waist of the skirt are fasteners to which the buttons on the bodice can be attached.
And, there are spare buttons sewn to the inside of the swing back jacket. As you will also notice, everything is lined to prevent the scratchy feel of the wool against the skin.
All of these underpinnings help to make the suit smooth fitting, slimline and elegant.
What other garments in the fashion collection would you like us to explore ‘inside out’?