Summer Best Dresses of 76 Remembered
One of the hottest Summers ever recorded was in 1976. Do you remember these divine dresses? well this may jog the coolest memories of some floating visions! Some by designers we know and some are not so well known. They certainly went to town with their designs that year, many in blazing strong colours to match the temperature. Sunflower yellow, hot sunset pinks & reds, bright blues to match the sky, meadow green, and straw sandy browns.
Fabrics were fine cotton, floating shears, and linens. Head bands, straw hats with large brims decked with ribbons, lace, flowers and even jewels were worn to keep the sun at bay. I must admit I had forgotten these hazy crazy hot days, or what exactly ladies were wearing, until I saw these amazing photographs in some French Couture fashion journals. Hope you like them! Summer Best Dresses of 76!
Look out for similar styles in your nearest Vintage Shop or online store.
Robes du soir en mousseline – (Silk/mousseline). Right: The neckline is edged with many pearls and attractively keyhole cut at the back. The dress on the Left: has a rushed top, edged with a frill, and this design is also around the top of the arms. It has long split fabric from the sleeve, giving an elegant finish. The designer is Paco Rabanne – Haute Couture.
This straight dress, also in silk mousselin has a long train attached to the back of the collar sweeping around from the front of the dress. Another view of this dress is below:
The French description for this dress is: Robe longue en mousseline imprimee, relevee pour former une cape reteune autour du cou par des smocks.
French description of above: Designer: Jean-Louis Sherrer – robe em mousseline de Buche, rebrodee’ de perles. (broderies de Vermont). Beautiful fine embroidery and pearls.
Description: Left pink taffeta with tiny pleats and ruches. Right: White Crepe Georgette embroidered with pearls, and lace frill.
Designer: Jeanne LANVIN – robes longues en mousseline de chez l’une drapee’ sur l’epaule, l’autre bustier.
Designer Jeanne LANVIN – robe en dentelle de Calais, corsage a bretelles et capecarree’ boutonnee’ sur les epaules. Superb lace with silver shoes.
Designer Jeanne Lanvin – Double gandoura longue a larges plis non repasse’s en mousseline imprime’e de Bianchini, decollete’ en V.
Large impact flower pattern in strong colour combinations
For more LANVIN designs see her Biography page under Fashion Designers.
Designer: Andre’ Courreges – Robe dos nu en organza, corsage et jupe a volants retenus par des rangs de paillettes.
Inspirations from a Summer dress collection 1976