Happy Birthday, Pucci! 75th Anniversary & Pucci Patterns in DRESS

Simone D’Aillencourt in a Pucci shirt in three colors of cotton satin, British Vogue, April 1956. Photo: Norman Parkinson. Image: Iconic Images / Condé Nast / DRESS.

Did you know the house of Pucci is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2022?

Today is also Emilio Pucci’s birthday, so to celebrate, I’m sharing some publication news:

I’m pleased to announce that I’m among the contributors to the Spring 2022 issue of DRESS: The Journal of the Costume Society of America. My piece is called “Pucci (Paper) Patterns, 1956–73,” and it’s about Pucci’s licensed couturier patterns for Vogue and McCall’s.

 

Men’s costume illustration on the cover of DRESS: The Journal of the Costume Society of America Vol. 48, No. 1 (Spring 2022). Image: Routledge / Taylor & Francis.

DRESS has both print and digital editions. (Preview the Spring issue here.) DRESS 48.1 is out now and available to order from Routledge / Taylor & Francis.

Happy reading — and happy birthday, Pucci!

Dracula 125

Dracula’s brides in Dracula (1931)
Dracula’s brides (Dorothy Tree, Geraldine Dvorak, and Cornelia Thaw) in Tod Browning’s Dracula (1931) Image: tumblr.

Happy World Dracula Day! Today is the 125th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Here’s a roundup for #Dracula125.

Max Schreck as Count Orlok in Nosferatu (1922), a Dracula adaptation celebrating its centenary this year.

My posts on gothic or vampire-inspired sewing:

Vogue 2604 by Nina Ricci photographed by Ishimuro for the cover of Vogue Patterns Magazine Nov/Dec 1980
Vogue 2604 by Nina Ricci on the cover of Vogue Patterns, November/December 1980. Photo: Ishimuro. Image: eBay.
Fascination du Noir: Nina Ricci couture photographed by Chris Simpson, September 1980
“Fascination du Noir”: Nina Ricci couture in L’Officiel, September 1980. Photo: Chris Simpson. Image: jalougallery.com.
Eiko Ishioka’s armour for Bram Stoker’s Dracula on the cover of Eiko on Stage (Callaway, 2000) Image: abebooks.
Early 1990s Donna Karan dress pattern - Vogue 1293
Donna Karan’s Fall 1993 collection was presented days after Eiko Ishioka won the costume design Oscar for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Vogue 1293 by Donna Karan (1993)
"Courtly gestures" Perfectly plain: the right dresses have a top with the fit and ease of a body, and a dramatic bolt of fabric below the waist. High-neck, Empire-line dress in chestnut-brown velvet, opposite, left. Right, slash-neck wool gauze dress. Both by Donna Karan. (Headdresses Slim Barrett)
Nadja Auermann and Cecilia Chancellor wear Donna Karan in “Courtly Gestures,” British Vogue, December 1993. Photo: Mario Testino. Editor: Jayne Pickering. Image: The Fashion Spot.
Jill Stuart's sequined sheer camisole; Karl Lagerfeld's black viscose pants. Krizia lace gloves; Prada leather pumps.
W magazine, June 1997. Model: Danielle Z. Photographed in New Orleans by Ellen von Unwerth.
Sofia Coppola wears goth Anna Sui in Spur magazine, October 1997
Sofia Coppola wears Anna Sui FW ’97 (V2072) in Spur, October 1997. Photo: Satoshi Saikusa. Image: Bolton, Anna Sui.
1990s Begotten gothic dress pattern - Simplicity 8619
Simplicity 8619 by Begotten (1999) Image: Etsy.