Mar 17, 2010

Philippe Tournaye

I do enjoy finding a 'new' designer I haven't seen before, even if the designer isn't well known. Call me a nerd, but I like the research, the discovery, the delving into new to me information. Philippe Tournaye, (1924 - 1995), certainly doesn't qualify as a major or currently well-known Belgian/American designer, but he was well known in his day and did get fashion media coverage. I do like this dress and jacket set quite alot. The well executed use of the stripe weave in the tabs and half belt creates interest and the sleek sleeveless dress under the boxy jacket makes a fine contrast. This 1963 - 1966 dress would also work today with a cashmere turtleneck underneath for fall or even early spring.

currently available Past Perfect Vintage

Now for a different feel altogther, but still in green, here's a 1960s evening gown from our friends at Catbooks1940s. A restrained and yet effective use of apple green, eh what? And the curved decollotage is quite dramatic.
currently available @ www.catbooks1940s.etsy.com

From his bio at http://www.vintagefashionguild.org/ : "Designer Philippe Tournaye was born Baron Philippe Tournaye d'Asten in about 1925, in Belgium. He began his fashion career when he worked for five years with Jacques Fath in Paris.He arrived in the US in 1949 and worked for two years for Chez Ninon, then the custom division of Bonwit Teller. He then became the chief designer for the suit and coat house Marquise, for whom he worked until about mid-1963, after which Tournaye became a designer for the dress house Rembrandt...... "
For the full VFG bio, please click here: Philippe Tournaye

2 comments:

Catbooks1940s.com said...

Great blog article. Like you, I'm a vintage clothing nerd and also take great pleasure in discovering interesting lesser-known designers, such as Tournaye. Love your quietly elegant dress suit, with the interesting use of oversize tabs and button placement on both pieces.

Catbooks1940s.com said...

Great blog article. Like you, I'm a vintage clothing nerd and also take great pleasure in discovering interesting lesser-known designers, such as Tournaye. Love your quietly elegant dress suit, with the interesting use of oversize tabs and button placement on both pieces.