Can you imagine how the fashion world was when it was was born? Can you also imagine talking about Dior, or Givenchy or Balenciaga but without referring to the fashion houses (like we do today) but having in mind the great couturiers themselves, in person? What a different fashion world it must have been in the 40s and in the 50s. With so many geniuses alive and creating, shaping up the fashion world to the features it has nowadays.
A couple of weeks ago I went to this exhibition and I was left so very much impressed that I am still thinking about it! The exhibition’s about Bettina (born Simone Micheline Bodin), one of the first modern models, and muse of many, mostly of Givenchy. The pictures of her were so beautiful! Not only the Dior, or the Balenciaga, or the Givenchy’s clothes but her supreme elegance captured my eye and my mind, making me travel back in a far, far away world of real, genuine beauty.
Reading books about history of fashion I can only try to figure out the changes and the revolutions that the fashion world and the fashion business happened to go through in such years and until now. In the 40s, when Bettina was here, there and everywhere, there was only couture. Runway shows were for few selected people. Fashion was there in full bloom to make people dream big after the WW II. And being a model was totally different yesterday compared to today. Models started to incorporate movement into their poses.
The pictures of Bettina really moved me because through her expressions, the way she wore the dresses that great and incomparable Artists created, I could really grab a bite of an era that was fresh and new, when everything was worth experimenting.
Source of the pictures: various Tumblrs, Pinterest