Troves of Russia

Cape Sheath Dress – New York & Company (similar here)  Fur Hat – Topshop  Earrings & Brooch – Vintage (similar here) Gloves – Vintage  Heels – Corso Como

A Cape extends the classic silhouette of a structured sheath dress exerting such mystery. Over the years fashion in combination with costume history made use of capes and mantles of all sorts, having played a role during the Victorian age. From 1910, capes were defined by Paul Poiret as he transformed the origin of its shape becoming the first ethnic-inspired design which was entitled a Tanger.

During the height of the roaring twenties, well-renowned actresses were portrayed displaying elegant chiffon gowns accompanied by coordinating capes. While an array of designers experimented with fabrics that consisted of wool, figured cloth, wool Melton, satin, silk, pleated chiffon, velvet, velveteen, bourdon lace, lace, moiré, taffeta and mourning crepe. All of which being trimmed to perfection, a grand number were seen as avant-garde becoming iconic in the history of fashion. In later years, the cape was replaced by the fur stole only to return sporadically in a selected array of designer collections.  Adorned capes today can be alluring, leaving the body form to move generously with its feminine undertone.Portraying an alternative to the traditional dress coat or trench, the cape provides an undeniable sense of glam that manifests details and tailoring. Combing a striking happy medium between a structured sheath dress along with an equally length cape, an evening of striking drama awaits.

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