A-line Gowns

There is no single more universally flattering silhouette than the A-line.  This delightful quality makes it the “go to” place to begin dress shopping.  This shape is narrow at the shoulders, has a form-fitting bodice that skims the hips gracefully and then fans out to create a skirt with a touch of volume. With the right fabric it can work on many body types. Lace is especially fetching in this style. Many types of necklines can work with this silhouette, strapless is particularly stunning.

We owe this versatile silhouette to the fashion icon Christian Dior, for he was the first designer to popularize this style. His 1955 Spring-Summer “New Look” collection featured gowns with straight lines that were literally shaped to resemble the letter A. Rather than reminiscent of a Nathanial Hawthorn novel, the look is extremely feminine, accentuating waist and emphasizing hips, sleek on top and fanning out to a full skirt.  But don’t just think of wedding gowns……..coats, dresses, and skirts are also found in the flattering A-line silhouette.

Look for straight lines and narrow features. Think Jacqueline Kennedy, for she helped to bring this style into the forefront of the American woman’s wardrobe. A-line represents a truly sophisticated and chic sensibility, a true shape for every woman.

Thank you…..
Take a peek at the 1955 A-line and then at a Vera Wang gown.

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  1. rachel trigueiro January 29th, 2009

    i love this photo! (& love the dress)!!

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