Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Model as Muse: Past, Present and Future

RARE vintage is excited about the upcoming, Model as Muse, exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. Maybe even more than the idea of the model as muse to a designer is the idea of model as muse to the consumer.

It is also not always exclusively a model who defines the image of a generation.

We would not consider the Duchess of Windsor a professional model by any means, but her image seen in magazines and newspapers around the world, defined the hard chic of the late 1930s. Her wedding trousseau included Schiaparelli's lobster print organdy gown and Mainbocher's timeless classics. Her Mainbocher blue wedding dress was one of the most copied dresses of 1937.

Fast forward almost thirty years later to 1965 and to Courreges' youthquake with his beautifully tailored mini dresses and pantsuits. Courreges' models were tall, suntanned and atheletic. The Duchess of Windsor quickly embraced his fitted and flared coats and dresses. The Duchess may not have been Courreges' ideal muse but her choice of his pieces would have no doubt been very influential to other stylish women.

RARE vintage has a circa 1965 Courreges double breasted wool gabardine coat, fitted and flared, just the way the Duchess of Windsor liked hers! It is sold with its original belt. The pockets are typically futuristic and rounded. It is timeless and a perfect transitional piece from winter to spring.

Circa 1965 navy wool gabardine Courreges coat. Size 2/4.

For more information about this item please email or call (212) 581 7273

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