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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 12 (March 1, 1935)


The Evening Silhouette.

Bell sleeves for afternoon and bell skirts for evening! In the bell skirt the fullness is at the back, often ending in a slight train. Metallic moires, lamés or velvets are delightful fabrics for this style of gown.

For the slim, yet rounded, nothing could be more beautiful than the pencil or flower stalk silhouette. The frock moulds the figure, fullness being introduced unobtrusively below the knee-line. The shoulder line is widened by means of shoulder frills, the dropped Victorian shoulder line, or capes in material, fur or feathers. One glorious gown was moulded (there is no truer word) in suffle green satin. As its wearer moved, the light glinted and flowed over her. Dipping over one shoulder was a cape of shaded green ostrich feathers, lovely in contrast with her corn-gold hair.

Under the gleam of the electrics, expanses of flesh no longer shine. In other words, backless evening gowns are “out.” Frocks are cut out or slashed in various ways, but the newest mode is the slit back, fastening high at the neck-line. Neck-lines are mostly high and round, or draped.


Velvet yokes, sashes, capes and bows contrast with frocks. Sequins and diamente sparkle on the new evening gowns, and metallic weaves in daylight. Hostess frocks feature frilling or pleating at the hem, or kilting on cuffs and neck-line. Clips are important, whether it be to fasten a scarf or a draped neck-line. Faggoting is featured on yokes or in dainty collar and cuff sets. The new initial brooches of cut-out chromium fasten scarves or bandanas. The new cravats are very short. Scarves are worn with suits, coats or frocks. With suits and coats they are tied cravat fashion, or doubled and the loose end passed through the loop last formed. One new coat with a neat fur collar had a scarf passing round under the collar and tying in a bow in front. Many tweed coats feature scarf collars. One with braided ends had a braided beret to match.

An easy way to furbish up a last winter's frock is to make for it a little taffeta collar and scarf cut in one.

A useful set comprises a double-breasted corduroy velvet jacket with velvet hat to match.