Friday, August 14, 2009

Simon(etta) says


Once upon a time, there was a dutchess named Simonetta. This dutchess was proud of her Italian heritage, and also loved to design clothing. Beautiful clothing like sportswear, formals and ball gowns, with a special emphasis on showing off the curves of the bustline. Kind of like this dress. Fabulous, yes? Sadly, it's sold, but hopefully to someone who appreciates 1) the beautiful lines and 2) the fact that Advance Import patterns are darned hard to come by!















Being a dutchess meant that she had some baubles to show off when she went out for the evening. Hence, Simonetta had a love of the bracelet length sleeve, which was perfect for showing off her bling AND her gloves.

Gotta say, this coat is nothing short of fabulous too, so Simonetta had wonderful taste, IMO.















Then one day, Simonetta went and got married. OK, truth be told, it was her second wedding, but the great thing about it was the fact that she married Alberto Fabiani, who also happened to be a fantastic Italian designer. These two were responsible for two things: 1) bringing Italy to the top of the game, fashion-wise and 2) they were probably at least partly responsible for the fact that Italy won't let you ship "haberdashery" there, for fear of polluting the purity of Italian design.

And honestly, how much more pure could this Fabiani design be? Some called his designs pieces of architecture, and it's for good reason. His pieces looked deceptively simple, but when you look underneath, they were the fashion wonders of the world.

What do you think these two discussed over breakfast? Think about it. Though they had very different approaches, they could've potentially discussed what they were working on, but would they? Was there a "no work talk" rule? Did they discuss it, argue over it, dream about it together? Did one ever tell the other that their design was a bad one?

I wonder. What do you think? Click the images to shop. (Fabiani is from 1969, Simonettas are from late 50s and early 60s, respectively.)

1 comment:

  1. I actually managed to get hold of pattern 2065. My sister found it for me in a charity shop and paid the terribly expensive amount of 20 pence for it. What a bargain.

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