Thursday, February 7, 2013

A French Inspired Cocktail Ensemble

Sometimes just combining pieces from a different costume can dramatically refresh the look of an ensemble.  The black taffeta cocktail dress from Ashton Drake's "Love After Hours" gets a new look utilizing pieces from the "Little Black Dress" costume.  I removed the original flowers from the dress and also the back "bustle" from the checked waist wrap.  The chin strap on the matching hat was tucked inside.  Underneath is the black slip from "Love, Paris".  Long black tricot gloves and black & gold jewelry complete the ensemble.  "On the Avenue" Gene Marshall is my model/muse.  Note:  I found this costume fits better on an Ashton Drake body.  

This little fashion drawing of a cocktail dress silhouette from the March 1949 issue of French Elle magazine was my inspiration. 


  1. One of my favorite outfits from Ashton Drake is "Little Black Dress"! I love your ideas on how to use the pieces in more way and this combo is wonderful! thanks for all the great ideas, Melissa!

  2. It's one of my favorites too! I'm having a ball taking a fresh look at outfits I don't often display. I love how this one turned out. Thanks so much Meg for your lovely comments. Melissa