Friday, July 12, 2013

Fashion Illustrations- Geoffrey Beene + Hanae Mori

International Fashion Calendar

I have chosen Geoffrey Beene + Hanae Mori to show you this time from the fabulous 1993
International Fashion Desk Diary by Shirley Kennedy.

 Geoffrey Beene

From the moment he burst onto the fashion scene, the name Geoffrey Beene has reflected originality of design, innovative use of fabrics, and thoroughly modern comfort.
Geoffrey Beene took distinct pleasure in knowing his couture collections inspired both timeless and futuristic designs embraced by both the urban chic and suburban sophisticates – that his vision translated seamlessly from his New York atelier to Main Street ready-to-wear.

A design pioneer, Geoffrey Beene always dressed the body in balance, even as his designs evolved from architectural to flowing soft structure. He had the “masterstroke of a George Balanchine in dance and Ellsworth Kelly in painting.” He challenged the American fashion establishment by creating haute couture for women and classic, superbly tailored styles for men that married comfort and luxury to timeless aesthetic simplicity and exquisite detail.

Geoffrey Beene was obsessed not only with the notion of comfort, but took inspiration from sports as well. His signature wit translated t-shirts, tank tops and varsity-stripes into a new playing field that combined fashion and fun: sequin numbered football jersey gowns, colorful racing silk tunics and the basic sheath or jumpsuits with zippers placed unconventionally and provocatively to showcase the body.

The above dress is so timely, so classic with its black sequins and stretch net!

Panne velvet is my favorite fabric, 
this has black velvet, outlined in sequins 
and white silk fraile.

Hanae Mori


Hanae Mori studied Japanese Literature at Tokyo Women’s Christian
University. After her marriage, she started studying design, and in 1951 opened her first studio in Tokyo. Soon she became involved in the growing post-war Japanese movie industry and designed costumes for more than hundred films.

In 1965 she presented her first Collection abroad in New York, which was highly acclaimed as “East meets West”. Prestigious stores such as Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and I. Magnin recognized the individuality of her designs and ordered her dresses. In 1975, she presented her Collection in Paris, where in 1977 she opened her Haute Couture Maison. She has been the only Asian designer to be admitted as a member of La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne for 27 years.

Madame Mori’s achievements include costume designs for opera “Madame Butterfly” at La Scala in Milan in 1985, for “Elektra” at 1996 Salzburg Festival, and for "Arabella" at NEW NATIONAL THEATRE TOKYO in 2010. She also designed the costumes for Paris Opera Ballet’s “Cinderella”, directed by Rudolf Nureyev in 1986.

She was named a “Officier de la Legion d’Honneur” in France in 2002, and received the “Order of Culture” in Japan in 1996.

This evening gown features Hanae Mori's signature butterflies
and blue-green print of undulating waves.

 An embroidered black chiffon low-cut evening gown
features a full-sweep skirt + matching ruffled stole.

Magic words: 
brush-stroke printed chiffon evening gown
in black & white. It has a graceful draped bodice.

Aren't these wonderful, dear readers?

Hope you enjoy these. 



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  1. the epitome of menswear...I have had Christmas themes built around Grey Flannel.

    Beene love...raspberry love...
    So glad we met, BRASWELL!

    1. Hi Lynne thanks for the lovely comment + I adore GB. love peggy

  2. Wonderful, indeed, Peggy! Beene's illustrations are so simple and modern. Mori's drawings have such movement and grace!

    1. Thank you Loi, I love them also,one of these days I will come into your shop. love peggy

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