Many years ago :) when I was in fashion design school, I met a woman who sold the most wonderful fabrics. She would come by the school about once a quarter and would allow us to thumb through her books. The fabrics were from Valentino and oh my, were they ever beautiful! Very expensive, but beautiful. Ultimately, she stopped selling the fabrics when the down turn in sewing happened. The up side to the story though was that when she decided to get rid of her catalogs, I was the lucky recipient!!! I have a pile of these catalogs. I rather hate calling them catalogs as they are the loveliest of books. They are housed in a beautiful box and the books are covered in satin. In every way, a joy for the senses to look through them. So, over the next few weeks, I thought I would share a few with you. I did do a little research and found that the books are still being produced. You can find them here, http://www.elegancefabrics.com/ValentinoUngaro.htm#ungaro. They are expensive, $250.00 each and sadly, they don't look to be of the same quality.
Each page of the "vintage" books that I have contains a lovely drawing and the following page has swatches of the fabrics that were used for the design.
All of the pictures that I am showing you today came from the Autumn 1988/89 catalog.
Take a look at the picture below. So much for the high/low skirt style being new!!!
Have a wonderful day!