Current Exhibition:  Paris Night Looks, 1957

This exhibition presents four special couture sewing patterns from the house of Patou, Ricci, Heim, and Grès, which were featured under the article, "Paris Night Looks," in the Nov. 15, 1957 edition of Vogue Magazine*.


*For educational purposes only.


The Nov. 15 issue of 1957 Vogue Magazine featured four dresses with accompanying sewing pattern numbers that their American readers were able to purchase and recreate for themselves. The title of the article read: "Paris Night Looks to make with Vogue Printed Patterns:"

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"The fashions on these four pages: almost as famous as they are new - each was applauded at the Paris Autumn Collections. For American translators, no French necessary - the printed directions on Vogue Patterns are the universal sewing idiom that makes for accurate reproductions every time."

The first featured dress: "Patou's pale-pink evening costume, day-short - one of the new gala lengths. The dress, past a close satin bodice, is chiffon - the full skirt, the looped and floating panels at the back. The coat, satin, cut straight and well away from the body. Both parts: from Vogue Pattern envelope, 1389." 

The magazine images were printed in black in white and allowed for freedom of creativity when it came to individual fabric color selections.


The Couture Pattern Museum has acquired and digitized the accompanying sewing pattern. Patou's sewing pattern, Vogue #1389, was distributed by Conde Nast Publications, Inc. The back of the pattern envelope describes the ensemble as: "one piece dress and coat, the full double gathered skirt joins the bodice front with soft draping in the back terminating in two loose panels. Oval front neckline, deep in back. Straight coat has a standing band collar. Released pleats from shoulders. Three quarter length sleeves." The pattern shapes, along with a list of materials to be able to recreate the dress, were printed under the description.

Above is a slideshow of the Couture Pattern Museum's version of the recreated Patou ensemble using Vogue pattern # 1389. The dress was created in royal purple chiffon with a contrasting white silk-wool jacket

The next dress featured in the Nov. 15, 1957 issue of Vogue magazine was a design by the house of Nina Ricci. "This, in black satin, was one of the great successes at Nina Ricci - her bell-skirted cocktail dress, with a neckline that lies evenly across the shoulders. To make as shown or, perhaps, in velvet or a thin wool - Vogue Pattern, 1388."

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The Nina Ricci sewing pattern, Vogue #1388, was acquired, digitized, and recreated by the Couture Pattern Museum. The pattern is described as: "The barrel skirt has released pleats in front and joins the bodice at waist-line. Self belt passes through openings at front to buckle at back. Straight, away-from-the shoulder neck-line. Bracelet length and short sleeves."

Above is the recreated Nina Ricci dress made from the sewing pattern, Vogue #1388. The dress was created using a red silk wool.

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Paris Night Looks in the Nov. 15, 1957 issue of Vogue Magazine continued with Heim's dress on the left, and gown by Madame Grès on the right.


The magazine wrote about Heim: "One of the most romantic young looks in Paris appeared in Heim's short, very full evening dress of emerald-green lace. The bodice, which is quite high at front, is cut nearly to the waist at back, tied with a wide satin ribbon. Charming alternate for the lace shown here: chiffon - possibly in one of the new softened reds. The how-withal: Vogue Pattern 1391."


The Couture Pattern Museum has acquired, digitized, and recreated the Jacques Heim sewing pattern, Vogue #1391. The description of the dress on the back of the pattern envelope reads: "very full gathered skirt with back godet sections joins the bodice at waist-line. Neck-line is high at front extending almost to the waist-line at back. Three quarter length and short kimono sleeves."

The Couture Pattern Museum created this Jacques Heim, Vogue 1391, in a floral, printed chiffon fabric.


The last dress that the Vogue Nov. 15, 1957 issue featured, was a dress by Madame Grès. The article read: "Grès' drapery to copy fold for fold in brilliant blue velvet - via Vogue Pattern 1386. Another way to work it: black silk crepe. Or, for earlier in the evening, it might be cut short, and in satin." 

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The Couture Pattern Museum has acquired, digitized, and recreated the one piece dress designed by Madame Grès. The pattern description reads: "The skirt in two lengths has soft draping at front, joins the bodice at a shaped waist-line. High front neckline, deep V in back. Short sleeves, cut in one with front, join bodice back with soft released pleats."

The Couture Pattern Museum recreated the Madame Grès dress, made in black velvet fabric.

Thank you


for visiting the Couture Pattern Museum's Paris Night Looks Exhibition!