Paris fashion week has kicked off over here and the style world is abuzz with what trends we’ll be wearing two seasons from now. So while they’re worrying about all that, trust Messy Nessy to still be looking backwards more than half a century for wardrobe inspiration. Take this 1952 fashion shoot I dug up in the LIFE archives, photographed by Gordon Parks, featuring an unusual collection of Hermès painted dresses. I’ve had this picture of the sweater with the painted scarf filed away in my vault for a while now, unable to find the rest of the photo shoot. Today by chance, I finally found the rest of the collection, like a missing piece to a puzzle, which certainly didn’t disappoint. Avant-garde but pretty, edgy but classic, Paris fashion week , take note…
I might just have to get my paintbrushes out.
Images (c) Life Archives
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