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Trompe L’oeil Dresses by Hermès Paris, 1952
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Trompe L’oeil Dresses by Hermès Paris, 1952

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Vintage fashion flashback: for Spring 1952, Hermès Paris designed a collection of Trompe L’oeil dresses. Plain lengths of fabric were screen printed with painted details like lapels, buttons and pockets, then the fabric was then cut and sewn into these stunning dresses. The dresses were copied with permission in the US by Herbert Sondheim later in 1952, selling for $29.95, roughly about $259 in today’s dollar. Amazing!

All photos by Gordon Parks for Life Magazine, 1952.



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