10 September, 2009

Glinda inspired-by dress?

Julia cited this Dior dress as a very probable inspiration for the Bubble Dress.

The website I came across (and shamelessly stole the pictures from) has this to say:
"Junon" dress, fall/winter 1949–50
Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957); Christian Dior Haute Couture (French, founded 1947)
Pale-blue silk net embroidered with iridescent blue, green, and rust sequins

Gift of Mrs. Byron C. Foy, 1953 (C.I.53.40.5a-e)

By 1949, Christian Dior's instinct for calibrated innovations of the body's "line" had established him as fashion's preeminent arbiter. That year, dresses called "Venus" and "Junon," or Hera to the Greeks, were among the most coveted of his designs. Dior's Venus was realized in the delicate eighteenth-century gray that was his signature, frosted with iridescent beading and embroidery. But his Junon is more vividly conceived. The magnificent skirt of ombréed petals, like abstractions of peacock feathers without their "eyes," obliquely references the bird associated with the Queen of the Olympians. Emanuel Ungaro's classical gown (1993.345.15a-c), like the magnificent peplos and capacious himation befitting the noblest Olympian goddess, is discrete in its coverage.
Current notions of classical dress are surprising in the breadth of their parameters. They are based in part on the original variations and manipulations of the antique models, the attributes accrued to it over time by artistic convention, and the twentieth-century adaptation of ancient methods to modern forms. That the dress of people two-and-a-half millennia in the past can imbue a design of today with the aura of myth and timeless beauty suggests that the classical mode, like Penelope's weaving, is continuous and without end.

You can find this dress at the CD website, here: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/dior/ho_C.I.53.40.5a-e.htm


Costume Queen said...

Wow! That is so beautiful (and the skirt part looks EXACTLY like the bubble gown). I'm playing Cinderella in R&H's Cinderella right now, and you have no idea how I'm dying to make Glinda's Bubble Gown to wear for my ball gown...

corbyjane said...

I know, it surprised me, because I've never really seen anything this close to the dress. (Maybe I just haven't done enough research, haha)
I think it would be really cool for Cinderella to be wearing the Bubble Gown. You could even modify the Engagement Gown for the wedding dress! Let me know how it goes! =)

hierogothic said...

It also looks to have inspired designer Zuhair Murhad, as it bares a strong resemblance to his design worn my Miley Cyrus to the 2009 Oscars...

corbyjane said...

Hmm, wow, I DEFINITELY haven't done enough research... you're right, hiergothic. The dress is VERY much like the Dior one, and bears a lesser resemblance to the Musical one. I know Miley went and saw Wicked, so I wonder if that was a deciding factor, too!

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