November 7th, 2018
On My Mind

Patou’s Revival

Years ago, I collected a number of vintage patterns. My favorite is this Patou gown and I’m considering having it made for an upcoming event. I love a square neckline and need short sleeves since white, elbow-length gloves are required. My own accessories would keep the dress from looking vintage, which isn’t a bad thing, actually. Navy is chic, too.

In industry news: The Jean Patou fashion house is being resurrected by LVMH. Guillaume Henry, the newly appointed creative director, will hopefully revive the label. Founded in 1912, Patou was renowned for sportswear. Sadly, today it is only known for its perfumes.


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Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings


Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket


Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag


Belted wool blazer


Blade velvet slingback pumps


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Logo-embellished leather loafers


Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt


Braided leather bangle


Delcie tie-detailed ramie midi dress


Gate knotted leather slippers


Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat


Santos de Cartier metal shield sunglasses

  • Go for it . It looks lovely and show us along the way

    LaurieNovember 7th, 2018  9:04 AM

  • Do it! I had thought of this for my dress at my children’s weddings but became overwhelmed with planning the the events themselves. Please show us the results.

    BarbaraNovember 7th, 2018  9:15 AM

  • what a great idea!!!

    abigailNovember 7th, 2018  9:16 AM

  • Love it!

    Paila BNovember 7th, 2018  9:37 AM

  • This is the exact design I have been looking for in a bust supporting, winter night gown. It surprises me how little options there are for an elegant and bust supporting night gown…who wants to be my Angel Investor for my future, much needed real life fashion house?

    Jean Louise lillyNovember 7th, 2018  9:44 AM

  • Love it, it will be stunning! One word of caution, the sizing of old patterns is way out of line with current sizing. An experienced seamstress shouldn’t have a problem with that, but it may make the process longer and more expensive. Good luck!

    AprilNovember 7th, 2018  10:04 AM

  • Very special and original,Preston. I wish I kept my Mother’s.

    MoiraNovember 7th, 2018  10:10 AM

  • Understated chic and elegant. Hope to see a picture of you wearing it!

    KarimaNovember 7th, 2018  10:10 AM

  • Perfection!

    MareeNovember 7th, 2018  10:19 AM

  • Beautiful!

    bisbeeNovember 7th, 2018  10:43 AM

  • This is a great idea! I love both the long and short version of that dress. Get it long for your event, then shorten it and it will be so wearable for many different events. I hope you do it so we can all hear about the process and see the final product. I enjoy your blog so much. It is a daily must-read for me! Thank you!

    AlissaNovember 7th, 2018  10:48 AM

  • Fabulous idea, fabulous design! I vote yes, especially in dark blue. How do you go about finding the fabrics for custom sewing?

    PaulaNovember 7th, 2018  10:55 AM

  • Oh please do! Square necklines are elegant & the dress in navy would be smashing!
    You need knockout earrings & you’re set! Post us a pic please!

    DianeNovember 7th, 2018  12:12 PM

  • You MUST document the process on your blog! Fascinating. Maybe your own curated collection will be in the future too?

    KimNovember 7th, 2018  12:15 PM

  • This gown is perfection. Simply timeless and classic.
    Please post the photos of the finished product

    Lisa EastmanNovember 7th, 2018  12:19 PM

  • Love it, very Jackie O.

    SusanNovember 7th, 2018  2:04 PM

  • It’s a go! I’ve commissioned Allison McCutcheon, designer of the line LOULOU, to make the dress. The style is firmly in her wheelhouse and she also does made-to-order. TBC.

    PrestonNovember 7th, 2018  2:54 PM

  • I think the square neckline is the chicest, most flattering thing ever…. yet so hard to find.

    JessicaNovember 7th, 2018  4:36 PM

  • Stunning. Especially in very dark navy Duchesse satin with two special buttons on the back from Tender Buttons on East 62. White kid gloves, necklace. Chicest Mum.

    GigiNovember 7th, 2018  6:30 PM

  • Gorgeous Preston. Wish I had seen this or know of loulou when my son married recently. Simple and elegant is hard to find. Please share your dress when it is finished!

    Mary BethNovember 7th, 2018  8:16 PM

  • So exciting! Love a square Josephine neckline, it will be perfect on you. Second the idea of shortening it later as the shape lends itself well to be knee length.

    SueMNovember 8th, 2018  8:45 AM

  • Simply riveted to see how well this turns out. Why is it that the chicest, most understated styles require such determination to manifest? Thank goodness we have you to guide us!

    DaphneNovember 8th, 2018  9:46 PM

  • Stunning dress and so happy you found someone to make it. Are you doing navy?

    KathyNovember 10th, 2018  9:35 AM

  • Brilliant Preston! You will end up with a gorgeous dress NO ONE else has, at an event where there are always duplicates. I am so impressed that you were collecting patterns, what a great idea.

    Mary AliceNovember 12th, 2018  7:32 AM


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