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1955 - Model Enid Boulting wearing a dress by Madame Grès, Photo: Henry Clarke.

1951 Model in evening gown by Balenciaga, photo by Henry Clarke,

Henry Clarke, Model wearing strapless lace and satin Balenciaga gown with black gloves, 1951

Balenciaga 1953. Blue and oh the gathering, the buttons, the fold.  Swoon and swoon again.

Cristóbal Balenciaga dress detail, 1953 Balloon evening dress in silk taffeta. This gathered gown is a classic example of Balenciaga’s play on volume.

Balenciaga - Vintage - Robe de Cocktail - 1951

STUNNING 1951 wearing evening gown of black silk organza and white cotton piqué by Balenciaga Women's vintage designer fashion clothing for parties

Cheers dear! Elegant ladies at a cocktail party - cocktail hour black & white photo.

Cocktail parties were a popular social event on both sides of the Atlantic throughout the so here are some top tips on ho to throw a cocktail party!

1950's style dresses, white gloves and purses

The World War II-era fashion was replaced by the soft femininity of Christian Dior’s “New Look” silhouette. The “New Look” shape was characterized by a below-mid-calf length full skirt, pointed bust, small waist, and rounded shoulder line.

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See all the Collection photos from Valentino Autumn/Winter 2014 Ready-To-Wear now on British Vogue