TRUE VINTAGE/RETRO HEELS THAT ECHO THE FIFTIES

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     Love the lines of this heel, and the leather construction.  Heel caps are nailed on and materials all quality.  When true vintage (at least 30 years old) and retro are combined in one piece, it’s all about style and quality to decide whether they’re a good choice or not.

Apparently made by a higher-end line of a popular brand from Brazil, which has done a lot of good vintage/retro styles.  I’m guessing these are late ’70’s, ’80’s or maybe early ’90’s. It’s a skill to find old retro items now, that still have some of the good quality.

Rivaling the real 1950’s thing enough to be worth picking up.  Such fun!

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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REALLY UNUSUAL TRUE VINTAGE 1950’S FIND – AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S ALL-WEATHER COAT

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPictured sideways, because rotating this photo on the blog page introduces all kinds of warping of the image, due to the check pattern in the fabric. Tilt your head, please and use your imagination . . . .

This is such a cool discovery!  In 100% nylon with a tiny, tiny black and white hounds-tooth check pattern – this is a mid-century ladies’ stylish answer to the basic rain poncho. True vintage raincoats in this type of upscale design are rare finds, indeed!

The usual, plain versions of this coat were common at least since the Forties and Fifties in uni-sex styles – usually somewhat heavy, clear or dull, grayish vinyl – to be thrown over your entire outfit in rainy weather, right along with vinyl “rubbers” over your shoes and a black umbrella.  Pretty ugly.

This one is lightweight with decorative buttons and this black and white check pattern that was so popular in 1950’s wool coats, but on most coats the pattern was in a much larger size.  I’ve never seen a vintage raincoat of this style that is printed in an attractive pattern.  Still completely practical, but very chic!  Also, nicely made – even down to the embroidered fabric tag at the neckline.

What a fun find!

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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ANOTHER TRUE VINTAGE FIND – FROM THE LAND OF OZ. MID-CENTURY LINGERIE BED JACKET

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     I have collected a number of these, from ’30’s to ’60’s but I’ve NEVER seen one made like this!  The outer shell is of nylon and looks like what I’m used to seeing, with common decoration of embroidery and lace at the bodice – familiar pearlized buttons at the neck – but THE WHOLE THING IS LINED IN PINK FLANNELETTE!  How warm and cozy is that.

Makes me wonder if there’s a Great Britain connection here – they’re always chilly there and looking for ways to warm up.  Our filmy lingerie of North America doesn’t quite do it in the damp air over there.  This bed jacket could easily have been imported by someone who moved here, or by a British retailer in Australia.

It’s been so much fun to discover the differences between the vintage garments that were sold here in Australia and those at home.  And, I’m only a third of the way through this investigation . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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MY FIRST AUSTRALIAN TRUE VINTAGE FIND – GLOMESH PURSE FROM THE 1960’S – 1970’S

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    Reminiscent of the 1920’s and ’30’s, on up through the Fifties, this metal mesh purse was made by an Australian company that was started by an emigrant couple in 1959.  They closed shop in the mid-eighties, but children opened up again ten years or so ago.  This is one of their original designs.

With a serpentine metal handle and enameled beige color, it’s very smart and perfectly Aussie!

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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TRUE VINTAGE 1960’S COCKTAIL DRESS, FROM AUSTRALIA!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs often happens with black things and when photographing without a model, I couldn’t get good detail in a picture but want to tell you about this great find anyway.  I’m sure that you’ll be able to see it in your mind’s eye.  Picture this . . .

Heavy black crepe, fully lined. Metal zipper up the middle of the back and a small kick pleat at the hem.  Classic sheath style, but with a waist seam and a black fabric rosette toward the left side there. The neck is scooped front and back, with layers of draped fabric all around.   The label is from a maker, or maybe a department store, which is Australian.

As always, the fabric and the tailoring distinguish it from the tons of modern black dresses that can be found anywhere.  And, it fits much better, too.  This one will last another 50 years!

Morgana Martin, the Magicvintagespy

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