Women’s dresses Archive

What I wore this week: velvet | Jess Cartner-Morley

Somewhere between John Singer Sargent’s portrait of the luscious, black-clad Madame X (1884) and Margaret Thatcher’s wedding gown with matching blue muff (1951), velvet lost its way. A fabric that once stood both for flamboyance and status – it is no coincidence Henry VIII liked the stuff so much – became bloated and stuffy. What had looked fabulously decadent became twee and tame, the stuff …

Olivier Rousteing Balmain interview

A gorgeous July day in Paris, the haute couture shows are in full swing and the Four Seasons hotel is in glamour lockdown. A motorcade of buffed, black, presidential-scale cars lines the kerb outside its street entrance, currently occupied by two women in red-carpet hair and makeup who have paused at the exit for a prolonged session with a selfie stick. Inside, a chandelier the …