TRUE VINTAGE 1950’S CHRISTMAS RED VELVETEEN PARTY DRESS

PARTY, PARTY, PARTY . .. . . . . . . . . ..

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TRUE VINTAGE 1950'S CHRISTMAS RED VELVETEEN PARTY DRESS

Staying in the spirit – looking ahead to the Christmas Dance (or the Valentine’s Day Dance)! I just love this little circle skirt dress with sequins on the bodice.

Probably custom-tailored, with little cap sleeves and a skirt meant to swing.  Just right for dancing.

This is one of my favorite colors – good any season, but especially right when everything is white and gray outside. Velveteen is also such a feel-good fabric. You can’t beat rayon for drape, but velvet, silk, nylon and poly have their own lovely ways.

Zip up the back, waist-hugging style – there’s nothing too remarkable about the tailoring but it’s unmistakably TRUE VINTAGE, and  only the real thing that has that “look”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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TRUE VINTAGE 1960’S COCKTAIL DRESS – SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

Imagine my delight finding this LBD!! Very Mad Men, Jackie O and all that.  It was originally purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue.  What could be a better item to have as a wardrobe staple?  I’ll have fun with this one.

A black crepe in perfect condition, from the early to mid-1960’s. However, this design is so elegant and classic, that it’s timeless.

Back metal zipper and generous hem allowance, careful tailoring throughout and a high-quality decorative trim at the neck and hem.  The embroidered label inside is a real plus, too.

Most of my recent finds have been good fits for me and require little, if any, attention.  Thank you, fashionistas of the past, who loved and looked after your clothing so well . . . . . . . . ..

MORGANA MARTIN,THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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WAIT, WAIT!! . . . . . LOOK WHAT I FOUND YESTERDAY!!!!!!!

WAIT, WAIT!! . . . . . LOOK WHAT I FOUND YESTERDAY!!!!!!!.

WAIT, WAIT!! . . . . . LOOK WHAT I FOUND YESTERDAY!!!!!!!

IMG_1512Hold the runway show – Here’s Stella, still in the early 1960’s.  Imagine my delight to discover this beautiful evening dress, crafted in Hong Kong where some of the most lovely hand-tailoring was done for decades.

From shoulder to hem, it’s exquisite and deserves a detailed description.  The bodice is a shell of embroidered lacy floral openwork, lined in sheer black and decorated with sequins and beads.  It is made as a separate top which zips up the back and is attached to the dress at the shoulder seams.  Very heavy, with all the bead-work, which would have been applied by hand.

The body of the dress is ivory on top (though you won’t see this), with a classic black crepe skirt.  A crepe bow and 1″ border are attached to the hem of the shell , right at the waist.

Both the dress and attached shell have metal zippers in back so, as with many true vintage fashions, you’ll need an extra pair of hands to help you dress – – whether a partner or a lady’s maid, I can live with that.

Now for the additional little details – full lining in the skirt and a back kick pleat, little hooks and eyes in strategic places and bra strap holders sewn in at the shoulders.

I wonder who bought this, at what shop in what city, and where it was worn . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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