Robe de Style


The robe de style dress, also called the basque dress, was created by Jeanne Lanvin during the early twenties. A throwback to the 18th century, the robe de style dress involves a fitted waist, with a long, wide skirt. Built-in panniers at each hip results in a fuller skirt, and the dress is usually made of solid-colored cloth, with beading, ribbon or embroidery detail. These styles of dress were certainly more conservative. Contrary to the flapper dress, which was styled for younger women, the robe de style dress could be worn by women of all ages. Lanvin designed these dresses for women of greater financial means, who may have worn them to nighttime functions or even weddings. If worn during the daytime, these frocks were usually made of satin, crepe, velvet, and even soft woolen fabrics. Colors such as peach and cream were popular, even for weddings. During the evening, satin, velvet, chiffon, taffeta, and metal cloth as well as deeper, darker colors were worn. The robe de style dress offered many options in terms of individual style: lace collars and cuffs, tiered skirts, shirred sleeves and skirts, and ribbons could be mixed and matched to the wearer’s delight.

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