Diane Von Furstenberg and the 1940’s Twist

It’s been a busy week. Back from Seville and straight to a wedding on Saturday.

Not any ordinary wedding, you understand. In true Jubilee spirit, one of my best friend’s married her childhood sweetheart at the Guard’s Chapel, off St James’ Park.

If you know London, you’ll understand that it’s just a few metres away from Buckingham Palace, and therefore in the midst of Jubilee festivities. You can just imagine the atmosphere, particularly with the bride arriving in a horse-drawn carriage down Birdcage Walk.

I’m sure there were some very confused tourists wondering if there was another royal wedding going on!

Birdcage Walk, Wedding

So the pressure was on to find something fitting for the occasion and a few weeks ago I got lucky.

I found a little gem. A Diane Von Furstenburg dress, at (you guessed it) a vintage fair.

Originally I thought I would go down the whole 70’s route and make it look quite Halston-esque. But it just didn’t feel right – it’s quite a bold dress – it almost needed toning down.

So I started to think about the cut of the dress and how it reminded me of an “Adrian” dress circa 1945 – particularly with the structured shoulders, drape around the neckline and graduated front skirt.

Add to that Jerry Schatzberg’s beautiful “Backseat Romance” picture, with the veiled black hat and ……POW…my outfit was born.

Diane Von Furstenburg, 1940s dress, Lauren Bacall, Black veiled hat, The Big Sleep

It’s surprising what a hat and a pair of gloves can do. They can transform an outfit from one decade to another.

I was going to finish with a picture of the bride and groom but I figure I should ask them first – so watch this space.

Jo you looked gorgeous and Mr T, dapper as usual, thank you for a totally amazing day – truly unforgettable.

(Picture from left: Adrian Peek A Boo Leaf 1946, Picture of me, David Sims for Vogue Paris June 2012, Backseat Romance  1960 – Jerry Schatzberg “Women Then”, Fashion illustration Jacques Demachy from Drawing Fashion, Picture of me, Fashion illustration by Eric from Drawing Fashion, Picture of me, “Wings of Glory” gowns 1945 by Adrian, Lauren Bacall in The Big Sleep.)

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