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Skirt suit

Autumn 1942, England - Suit from the Utility Collection by the Incorporated Society of London Fashion Designers for the Board of Trade - Scottish woollen tweed

from V and A Collections


Coat probably designed by Elspeth Champcommunal, for Worth London- Utility range, V&A Search the Collections - autumn 1942


December 1916 The issue pays tribute to the Queen of Spain as a fashion icon: "Since the war has spread itself over Europe, Queen Victoria and King Alfonso have been forced to discontinue their frequent journeys on the Continent and to stay in their own sunny country. The Queen of Spain, who was Princess Ena before her marriage, is famed for her faultless taste in dress, as well as for her magnificent jewels. Like her husband, she is extremely popular with her subjects."


June 1921 While the editor firmly assures readers that "the cape continues its triumphant progress", she also urges them to invest in hats and dresses this June, in particular those made of handkerchief linen. "A mode may be simple and yet not subdued," she says.


Late March 1917 Paris Openings Number Editor Elspeth Champcommunal Cover Art by Georges Lepape was born in Paris, France in 1887 who worked for many magazines, among them the Gazette Du Bon Ton, Femina, VOGUE, Harper's Bazaar and Les Feuillets D'Art, Modes et Manieres d'Aujourd'hui, and Vanity Fair. Lepape's work was strongly influenced by Orientalism and the Ballets Russes. Women in his illustrations are independent women with carefree attitude who started the age of the femme-garconne.

from British Vogue

Magazine Issue

Vintage Vogue cover. Maybe the cape is based on a Sonia Delaunay model, the pattern is very similar to her work