Madame Gres, 1938. Silk.

The Met.

This gown from 1938 is a good example of how, yet again, style is always slowly transitioning. Even before a certain look is christened ‘new’ in contrast to preceding trends there are slight modifications/alterations being made to a silhouette which actually give rise to the development of seemingly new and different trends. 

If that sounds a little convoluted consider this: This dress from 1938 with its full skirt and high waist prefigure the new look which Dior would popularize a decade later. Now I’m not saying that one directly influences the other but remember that there is never really one standard silhouette for an era or period of costume history.