The most important item in all the fashion news this Spring is that waists are?
The most important item in all the fashion news this Spring is that waists are back to their normal position. Having travelled upwards in the Empire line, around and about in the Sack, waists have now settled back comfortably to where they belong on the female form.
This was inevitable. After so much masquerading with easy fitting suits and dresses, it was now time for the human body to assert itself. But there is a subtle difference between the fitted suits of this Spring of 1959, and the fitted suits we wore several seasons ago.
After the freedom, which ease in fashion has given us for some time past, the waist is not going to embrace entirely and immediately (perhaps never fully again) the idea of being tightly cinched.
Although most of the suits are fitted suits, they are not absolutely figure clinging. They have a softness and a very slight ease, which will allow the body to move about independently, inside the suit jacket.
In my collection, the second most important line is that of the cape.
The most undiluted version of this "cape line" is in "Traveller's Joy", - and this coat, made from handwoven bainin wool, is, in design, a straight steal from a 19th century child's coat.
From this cape came the line of the cape sleeves in "Black Magic", "Pumpkin", and "Grey Wings". The BULKINESS of the sleeves, making the fitted body of the suit appear even slimmer than what it actually is.
There are five suits from my Boutique collection being shown. These belong (as the magazine and newspaper journalists would put it) in the "medium-price" bracket. They are for sale in the Boutique off the hall floor.
There are two fabrics this season which have been very exciting to use. The first is the wonderful crunchy "THICK-KNIT" look, achieved in several of the handwoven tweeds. "Free and Easy", in black and white, "Gigi" in coffee brown, "Butterscotch" in buttered cream, and "Translation" in crown, black and white, are models in which I have used this "THICK-KNIT" handwoven tweed.
Irish poplin material to give it a look of Moire taffeta, is the second fabric which has given me great pleasure to work with. This has been handwoven for me by the firm of Thomas Elliott & Sons.
The present firm of Thomas Elliott was founded in 1872, but there appears in the records of 1675, a silk weaver with the name of Leonard Elliott.
This is a very important point, as it establishes silk weaving in Dublin and Ireland some years before the arrival of the Huguenot refugees in Ireland.
To-day, silk is handwoven in only a very few places in the world, - Italy - Bangkok amongst them, so the knowledge that beautiful silk is still being handwoven in Ireland, is something, I think, to be proud of and its possibilities are interesting and exiting.
This season to balance the cape line, the hats are small in almost all cases, and sit on the back of the head. Variations of the pill-box. Or else plain and large as with the model "Easy Come".
All the hats were made by Mr. John Green of Belfast.
All the gloves were made by the Mel Industries, Cork.