GREAT MID-CENTURY FIND – 3 ICONIC SHIRTWAIST DRESSES

Fun – three in one! I think all these dresses were owned by one woman who loved the easy-wear shirt-style frocks of the late 1950’s to early 1960’s. The nicest one, in center, was custom-made and is maybe the “newest” of the 3. It’s got a vintage nylon zipper whereas the other two have metal zips. They came from Montgomery Ward and Sears and Roebuck.

A little large for me, so they’ll probably find their way onto eBay next Spring, but I love them just the same. Wonder who recently had to give them up ? Part of the mystery – you just never know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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BLACK SATIN JUMPSUIT WITH MESH AND SEQUIN OVER-DRESS: THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOST-EST!

Can’t you see Stella greeting her cocktail party guests at the door of her penthouse on Park Avenue? At first glance, in photos 3 & 4, this looks like a sumptuous but sedate evening gown. However, when she begins to walk . .

there’s a strapless jumpsuit underneath! Wide embroidered mesh panels with streams of shiny sequins from shoulder to hem, finely tailored with satin binding, waft and swing across her legs as she fetches your martini. I have never, ever discovered one of these and I’m so excited!

It’s Joan Leslie by Kasper and it’s a late 1960’s – early 1970’s vintage. Almost looks like ’40’s – ’50’s to me, but that would pre-date the label. Just a continuation of the glam costumes which began to appear in the 1920’s when women’s hostess outfits started showing up with wide-leg silk and satin pants.

So, I always love a party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAEGSPY

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MOD, OP – ART 1960’S BOX BAG

Really interesting shapes, depending on how you look at it. Big enough inside to hold a sheaf of 8 1/2″ by 11″ pages, too! No maker’s name inside, but who cares?

It’s well-made, also, as I would expect from that mid-century time. The body is woven of some type of fiber or reed. Tubular handles are gold-tone and the clasp and anchors on the bottom (which I haven’t photographed) are black leather. It has little feet, too.

This is the “youngest” of my recent discoveries, but there are two more. Stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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AN ICONIC TAILORING CLUE ON THIS DRESS PUTS THE DATE IN QUESTION . . . . . . .

At first look I would immediately say that this dress is of the same era as the previous one shown yesterday. Well, almost . . . . . . . . . . .BUT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The raglan sleeves have gussets sewn in the underarms. This is a feature usually seen in 1950’s dresses and earlier. So, this little number may be a bit older. It’s also very well-made with a beautiful shantung fabric, made of rayon rather than the more common silk shantung. The bolero jacket is very practical and pretty.

I could have these dresses altered to fit me but, since I have others very similar, they’ve gone on to eBay. The find was the fun this time. One more to go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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A KENNEDY ERA 1960’S FROCK

A very well-made dress by Mr. Henry, in a mid-weight woven fabric that’s almost like a knit. Drapes beautifully and has this pretty cut-out design around the neckline, outlined in beads. Smart casual for day but can slide into evening.

Way too big for Stella, but she makes everything look good no matter what! Actually, I’m always happy to find these lovely clothes in bigger sizes because it’s so rare. A dress can almost always be made smaller, but making it bigger is usually only a dream.

In fact, I found two black frocks in this same size so stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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JUST FOUND! TWO FABULOUS BOX HANDBAGS

In virtually perfect mid-century 1960’s – 1970’s condition, these are wonderful little mid-size box bags to carry this summer, or any time. With hard-side construction, they are so smart and versatile and larger than most made in the 1950’s. I always love this style of purse and they are rarely found.

So glad to have them for my collection! Wonder what’s next . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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