"Women in Love"
Elizabeth Hawes.1938. American. Silk & metal.
"Women in Love" is an ethereal design created by Elizabeth Hawes. The crepe back satin of the underdress hugs the body and provides the wearer with a soft and luxurious experience with the satin face of the fabric on the interior. This hidden luxury resides beneath a floating overdress of ivory organza that floats about the body when the wearer moves. The piecing of the bodice and skirt shows Hawes’ skill at tailoring a garment and her quintessential stylistic elements of a fitted bodice and floor-length, circular skirt, the romantic silhouette that thrived in the later 1930s. This example, with the ombré ribbon cascading down the center front of the skirt, veiled by the organza overdress, creates a dreamy effect and makes the ribbon appear as if painted on the skirt creating trompe l’oeil effect. | THE MET