A PUCCI PATTERNED KNIT TOP! IS IT THE REAL THING?????

Could this be a real Emilio Pucci design from the 1960’s, when they were mega-Mod and popular? It’s not signed anywhere and there are no labels, but I will always dream. This knit is very well-made with a beautiful fit and the design looks authentic (to my eye). At least, it may be a wonderful fake from Italy, where knit clothing has been exceptionally constructed for decades.

What a fab find!

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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ELEGANT MID-CENTURY GROOMING ACCESSORIES TRAVEL KIT

Given my failure to press or steam the clothing I’ve been posting recently, you might think that grooming is not a top priority. But, no matter how pressed for time I may be, the products I use every day are important and I love having beautiful and well-organized ways to carry them with me when I leave Headquarters. Since this is the last of the items in this set with a metal zipper, it seemed like a good time to show it to you.

Made of leather in East Germany, the mirror and the stainless steel container lids are shiny and clean despite the odd reflections captured in this picture. The kit could be for a man or woman, as the tools are all basic. Everything is made to a high standard of quality, as is customary with German-made tools and steel products. The little 7″ toothbrush holder would hardly fit a modern toothbrush, excepting perhaps for a child’s, but can still be very convenient for other items. The most delightful thing about this packet is the compactness, efficient design and quality of the materials. Very rare to see anything like it now . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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ANOTHER HOME-SEWN DAY DRESS FROM THE MID 1960’S – LOVE THIS FABRIC!

Nothing WAY special about this dress – it’s nicely made, fits flatteringly, etc., etc. but my very favorite thing about it is the fabric. It’s a substantial woven cotton or cotton blend but the best is the colors!! Several of my favorites all together, which is a rare combo. Jewel tones, but for summer!

The metal zip is in great shape so I’ll wear this one for years before having to do anything with it. The fitted cut is very nice and puts it a notch above plain shift dresses. Since my shoulders aren’t quite as broad as Stella’s, the sleeve opening forms a slight cap on me and is a nice touch. Easier to dress up or down, as the mood or occasion calls for. Thank you, Sally seamstress or whoever you were . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . And, a happy American Thanksgiving to you, whenever you see this. It’s always a good day to be grateful.

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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MID-’60’S NON-TRADITIONAL COCKTAIL DRESS IN GOLDEN YELLOW

Very surprising find, at first. It’s a non-traditional style for a traditional type of party – very popular in the early 1960’s. Although the LBD has never gone out of fashion since Coco Chanel first designed it and made it a “must” for every woman, cocktail outfits really began to morph in the 1960’s. Not only is this dress not black, but it has an Asian feeling to the design, with decorative knots and slits at each thigh. Fortunately, there is a yellow satin liner underneath so modesty is well-preserved. The shaped sheath style was definitely a staple of early to mid-sixties wardrobes.

The jacquard fabric design also has an Asian feeling to it, so that makes this frock a departure from the normal of that day and very forward-looking. It does need the zip replaced, but I have a stash of vintage zippers where I’m sure I’ll find just what is needed. Fun!

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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SURPRISE FIND TODAY! CLASSIC TRUE VINTAGE DAY DRESS ALL THE WAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .been reorganizing at Headquarters before the next overseas assignment, which includes retiring some old evidence now and then. Was dropping it off at a place where it can be declassified, neutralized and recycled. I wasn’t planning to poke around but thought, well – as long as I’m here . . . . . .

Look what I came up with for my few minutes time! It’s classic from the late 1960’s – early 1970’s, made by Butte Knit and just as expected – classic styling, classic color, exceptional tailoring and quality fabric. I love the tabs at the waist with button trim and there’s a belt that buttons in the back at the waist. Dark navy blue is good any time of year and the fabric is 3-season weight. Couldn’t be better.

The woman who owned this dress has cared for it beautifully – I don’t see any wear and she even had it dry-cleaned before donating! Although it’s not way old, it’s an example of the best of the best for it’s genre. Always true – you just never know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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