Diamond Mountain (Fashions 1959-62)

These are the fashions my characters would be wearing as they attend parties in Colonial Lesotho and Cape Town in 1960 and 61. There are flashbacks to 1959 and as I just love the fashions of the late 50s I had to have an excuse to put these in. My heroine, Philippa, the District Commissioner's daughter, dreams of a glittering marriage to an up-and-coming lawyer. She doesn't realise that the bush pilot she had a crush on when she was 16 is a far worthier proposition.
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Green velvet cocktail dress, by Ceil Chapman, American, 1950s.

This looks very much like a black velvet vintage dress I wore to pre-prom Banquet in high school! Green velvet cocktail dress, by Ceil Chapman, American, Mill Street Vintage

BLUE & GOLD EVENING DRESS, 1950 Blue silk taffeta w/ metallic gold brocade, fashioned from Indian sari, B 33", W 27.5", L 60", excellent.

BLUE & GOLD EVENING DRESS, 1950 Blue silk taffeta w/ metallic gold brocade, fashioned from Indian sari, B W L excellent ethnic silk gold shelf bust vintage long gown

Vogue, September 1959.  Isabella Albonico wearing a black sheath dress with a 'shadow' of grey organdie draped over the top, by designer, Jacques Heim. Photographed by Irving Penn.

Simple under dress, draped over dress, defined sash waist September Vogue 1959 Isabella Albonico wearing a black sheath dress with a 'shadow' of grey organdie draped over the top, by Jacques Heim. Photographed by Irving Penn.

the 1960s-1962 glamorous dress I would so wear this dress if I had it!

Flip hair of the and glamorous dress I would so wear this dress if I had it! Total class and chic.

Mary Todd Lincoln  1850s. Sheer Dress Illinois museum.

Gorgeous off the shoulder gown from the Since off the shoulder trend is back it's interesting to know they did this that many years ago!

Evening dress, Emilio Schubert, 1950.

Stunning vintage Evening dress From the Pitti Palace Costume Gallery Women's vintage cocktail party fashion clothing

Charles James theatrical corset, 1950-1959. Collection of MFIT.

Charles James theatrical corset, Collection at Museum of Fashion Institute of Technology NYC -BL


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