TRUE VINTAGE FASHION FINDS FROM NEW ZEALAND!! RARE MID-CENTURY BLOUSE

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I made several major discoveries when I was in New Zealand and several of them were blouses or shirts.  A VERY RARE thing to find these in great condition.

This one is a heavy, glossy synthtic material from the 1940’s – 1950’s in a gorgeous mocha color.  It has a finished hem with decorative slits – made to wear on the outside of a skirt.

I just love finding things of this age – you know me: I’m stuck on the beautiful classics, at least 50 years old and 70 is better!  Can’t wait to see what is hiding around the next corner . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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ANOTHER MID-CENTURY FLOWER-POWER FROCK – FROM PARIS!

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GIRLY, GIRLY, GIRLY FLORAL DRESS FROM ABOUT 1970

See the similarities to the dress shown yesterday, from Canada?  Yes, the siren call of Fashion was making slaves of us all on both sides of the Atlantic.  All over the world, women who were able to follow the latest trends were rushing to wear this 1940’s retro style.  Even though Paris was slow to be corrupted, it happened.

The thought of it kind of ruins your day, doesn’t it?  Well, thankfully we’ve now reached the era when we can wear whatever suits our fancy without worrying about whether we’re up-to-date.  Because, if we develop our own unique, personal look, we will be very fashionable (and who cares, anyway)!

This dress was probably custom-tailored, too.  We’re still in polyester (of course), but not in a knit.  This is a woven fabric with a much lighter hand and a woven-in stripe for texture and eye appeal.  Same prim collar, fussy trim, puffed sleeve, nipped waist and swing skirt.  It’s also a little more sophisticated than yesterday’s frock – less of a rockabilly feel.

Still not haute couture, by any means.   And, like all the “newer” garments, it carries the stamp of international trends and fabrics that take away from it’s Parisian roots.  That’s one reason that I always prefer clothing from the early 1960’s and before.  But, if you have to go with something made later, why not choose something from Paris?  Tomorrow, we’re off to Ireland . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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TRUE VINTAGE 1970’S GUNNE SAX BY JESSICA “DANCE-HALL GIRL” DRESS

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Here’s a great find from the ’70’s – a black taffeta dress by Jessica McLintock from her Gunne Sax label.  It’s got netting, beading and button & loop detail around the neck and bodice in “old West” style.

Slim sleeves, puffy shoulders and a flouncy full-circle skirt. This would make a great Halloween costume and is just a very cool dress in itself. To the knees or a little below, with a wasp waist and puff sleeves.

I’ll be going out West again soon and I’m tempted to take it;  but it will be a fantastic disguise on October 31 – in my favorite color . . . . . . . . . . . .. .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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A FAVORITE FALL SWING JACKET FROM THE 1940’S OR EARLY ’50’S

A FAVORITE FALL SWING JACKET FROM THE 1940'S OR EARLY '50'S This jacket is another real favorite. I always like anything from the Swing Era and the ’40’s.

Swing style with an open front, loose back and interesting pocket detail. The fit is so elegant.  I also love the decorative buttons on tabs at the waist, which are made as extensions of the pocket flaps. Novel idea.

The material is a heavy rayon (I guess) twill, with a rayon lining. “Tailored by Lydia Fashions New York”.  I could spend all day imagining the glamorous life it led!

Very smart for work or for evening.  Black is always extremely practical . . . . . . .

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