The Irish designer Sybil Connolly is most often associated with the fifties; however she was designing into the late sixties and even seventies as well. The photograph above is from 1966, but the combination of sixties’ makeup and fifties’ cut makes it look oddly modern; it would have been perfect for a recovering goth girl round 1991 or so. Lovely style; the indent at the waist makes all the difference and the cut of the shoulders and sleeves are beautiful.
Waists were Sybil’s strong point and I’m not sure she ever adjusted to the mini-skirted boyish sixties; also, the eighteenth-century flourish which was the essence of her style was difficult enought to translate into ready-to-wear, never mind made-at-home. I don’t think these patterns do her particular talent full justice; but the elegance and simplicity of the designs shown are a lot better than most of the stuff available even at the high-end of the market today and I also love the gloves and the hats. Enjoy!