I have been thinking for ages about creating an 1960s evening pant suit. Ever since I saw the Italian Fashion exhibition at the V&A last summer. I want to look like Irene Galitzline. Who wouldn’t? I think this would be a nice addition to my SWAP plans as they are separates but also allow an amazing fancy evening look, but also comfort. The beading and bling is attractive as well as an opportunity to wear luxurious fabrics. And great shoes!
The pink outfit below was on show at The Glamour of Italian Fashion and I was able to have a really good look at it. I could see lots of hand stitching, not just to attatch the beading at the neck but on the hems. I also managed to find a photograph of Irene wearing the outfit. And a similar design of hers that is also very fetching, and I imagine, comfortable.
The beauty of these garments is that they are simple shapes – narrow legged ankle length pants and a tunic, taking their inspiration from Indian and Chinese traditional outfits.
So for my SWAP I managed to procure a pattern on eBay from the 1970s. This is a good pattern, from the great Emilio Pucci, but from the 1970s rather than the 1960s. And while I am warming to flares I thought with a little judicious alteration I could create a 1960s silhouette from the slightly later pattern. I like the sleeves (but maybe I will stick to Irene’s sleeveless look – it’s easier with soup), the position of the trimming and the overall look, I just want to narrow the trouser legs. And in terms of palette I have some nice heavy weight pink silk that I could use – but this fabric would also be perfect for the second version of my YSL dress. Maybe I will get could do mauve, deeper pink, green or a hand painted pattern – with silver trimming. If I had time I could do some beading at the neckline and ankles rather than using a bought trim. I did however come across some nice old beading on the market at Clitheroe. I bought this slightly battered piece for £4. This would require a different colour of silk for the pant suit. Maybe green or turquoise. Also I have some grey and white fabric that might work, probably as a toile. Also I am thinking with the trousers it is best to have a little bit of elastane in the mix if I taper the trousers.
What do you think?