Haute Couture Fall-Winter 1948, Ailée line
In the life of a woman who followed fashion at the time, and particularly the “Parisienne,” each moment of the day had its specific outfit(s). This included morning suits, afternoon dresses, cocktail dresses, dinner dresses, dancing dresses, evening dresses, and ball gowns. Each type of dress would correspond to a type of fabric, a line and a specific length, as defined according to the codes of etiquette and elegance of the time.
This black faille “end-of-day” dress was very simple in its cut. The waist was belted with a drape. The fullness of the fabric bubbled over a simple straight skirt, one of the distinctive features of the Ailée line.
© Laziz Hamani ; © Association Willy Maywald/ADAGP, Paris 2022 ; Collection Dior Héritage, Paris