In the last few months we have seen the fashion industry rediscovering the possibility of offering consumers complete compact wardrobes with capsule collections featuring just seven or eight pieces. It is rather suprising, though, to see that nobody thought about focusing on transformative fashion maybe taking inspiration from vintage pieces.
Let's look today at this possibility via two ensembles from 1950: the first one was designed by Molyneaux and consisted in two pleated skirts that could have been donned one on top of the other or separately, matched with a beige blouse or a navy jacket to create in the first case a functional outfit and in the second case a more formal skirt suit.
It was obviously possible to wear one skirt on top of the other for a fuller effect or opt for the double skirt look to brave lower temperatures.
Jean Dessès had the same idea, but came up with a different solution: a streamlined gown in a taffeta plaid fabric matched with a separate organza skirt (lined with the same plaid fabric of the dress) to create a day and an evening look in the same ensemble, a solution deemed at the time ideal to pack up fewer clothes for the holidays. Anybody up for the transforming/double skirt challenge?