Friday, June 24, 2011

Slip dresses

When I think of slips, I think of Elizabeth Taylor in the silk slips in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) and Butterfield 8 (1960). In Cat on a Hot Tin Roof she plays the neglected wife of Paul Newman in the Tennessee Williams play. She looked stunning in a white slip in one scene.

She won an Oscar for playing Gloria in Butterfield 8 in 1960, playing a model come call girl who has an affair with a married socialite. Once again, stunning in a slip.
The slip became popular as outerwear, and copied by designers such as John Galliano, who even dressed Princess Diana in a slip dress. 

If you're a fan of this delicate and sexy look, you can reproduce it with lingerie patterns from the 1950s and 60s like this one.....
The Vintage Fashion Guild also has a nice article on slips which you can read here. 


  1. Isn't it funny how that dress on Princess Di looks a bit scandalous to me now! It's not that it's terribly revealing, just that the black lace is so underwear-looking. And I have to wonder if Liz has some sort of shapewear under those slips. That nipped-in waist? Or am I just envious?

  2. Interesting you say that Jane. She does look strangely like she's undressed. Re: the fabulous nipped in waist - I read an interesting article on women's shape and sizing in the 50s and 60s will I'll post for interest.


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