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editor _ Elspeth Champcommunal | fashion illustration _ Helen Dryden


November 1919 PRICE: One shilling & six pence


March 1917 Vogue Magazine Cover


Preowned 1925 Elspeth Champcommunal Haute-couture Metallic Gold Lame... ($4,000) ❤ liked on Polyvore featuring dresses, multiple, holiday dresses, silk slip, gatsby cocktail dress, flapper cocktail dress and evening dresses

Skirt suit

Autumn 1942, England - Suit from the Utility Collection by the Incorporated Society of London Fashion Designers for the Board of Trade - Scottish woollen tweed


Magazine Issue

December 1917 Couturiers such as Premet and Lanvin are credited with making "the Parisienne's frocks with that same war-time simplicity that nowadays invariably characterizes her street costumes", "tunics and coats are long this season; and rabbit fur is very short – it's been clipped, in fact," and "not since Victorian days has the muffling scarf of wool been so honoured a member of the mode; it even forms an integral part of the coat".


November 1919 'The new silhouette', as it has been exemplified by the collections, is so varied so individual that it is impossible to speak of it in the singular," we are told, as fur (be it beaver, chinchilla skunk, mole, seal or squirrel), is hailed as the winter must-have and jumpers are also a considered a wardrobe staple.


Skirt suit

Skirt suit, Elspeth Champcommunal for Incorporated Society of London Fashion Designer, 1942. This is a good example of a Utility Suit. The simplification and economy of material match the conditions laid down by the Board in relation to the manufacture of civilian clothing during the Second World War of 1939-1945.


Elspeth Champcommunal with Fiona (née Campbell-Walter), Baroness Thyssen and one other fashion model Photographer: Norman Parkinson

1925 Elspeth Champcommunal Haute-Couture Metallic Gold Lame Silk Flapper Dress

1925 Elspeth Champcommunal Haute-Couture Metallic Gold Lame Silk Flapper Dress | From a collection of rare vintage evening dresses and gowns at