Monday, September 14, 2009
Red is the color of my true love's dress.
If you've ever read anything on my other blogs, you know that I love the color red. Did you know that red has a place in fashion history?
It was pretty well accepted that most couturiers would send a red dress down the runway as part of their collections in the 1950s, and possibly earlier. They might have 200 models in the collection, but at least one was red. Apparently, they felt that red stood out and that it photographed well which, if you have ever tried to photograph red, you will wonder about. I've always found red to be very, very difficult to photograph, but I'm not a professional.
The dresses would go down the runway, and for the next three weeks, photographers would vie for a chance to borrow both dress and model so that it could be photographed for print media like Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. Sometimes it would be artist renderings, as opposed to actual photographs, but it would nonethless not be unusual to walk down the Champs Elysees and see a photographer directing whilst a model contorted herself into positions only fit for a fashion magazine.
The best models were paid well, but could also destroy a planned shoot if they decided that they had plans for the day and refused to come to work. The photographers would not only have to get the model rescheduled, but would also have to get the dress back as well, lest he find himself with either a model without a dress, or a dress without a model!
The dress above, with its twisted capelet bodice, is from Simplicity's Spring line, #3035, from 1939.