Beautiful, beautiful. Worthy of Mata Hari, it’s classically hand-tailored – but wait – in Japan?! This is a traditional Chinese style frock. Also, because of it’s classic design and the handcrafting techniques used in it’s construction, I can’t tell it’s exact age. So many mysterious and conflicting clues – like when agents are “hiding in plain sight”. Perfect disguise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Anyway, after hats off to my craft and fellow operatives, I don’t have to worry about those twists and turns because this case is closed. Now all that’s left to do is declassify the file and enjoy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Finding this dress was a real sleuthing success! I’d been hunting for a vintage silk Cheongsam style in my size for years, then uncovered this one at a teeny, teeny price. The original color was a yellowy beige and there were several brown stains and a little rip near the hem. But –
The Magicvintagespy knows what to do. So, I mixed a couple of dye colors that I had leftover from another job and expected to have a soft, neutral brown. Instead, I got this WONDERFUL lavender/bronze color! LOVE IT!!! The stains are history and the hem needed raising anyway et voila’.
The moral : Put out the vibes and never give up. KNOW YOUR STUFF, and the perfect find will materialize in your wardrobe.
This maxi dress from the ’60’s to ’70’s is a popular style of that time. In this case, the Hostess Gown has elements of the Asian Cheongsam style dress that is classic and very flattering. A Mandarin collar, frog closures, a shadow design of fans and flowers and walking slits in the hem hold true to traditional Asian dress design.
In this case, the dress is handmade and has a vintage Talon zipper. Although it may have been made in some U.S. woman’s home rather than a Chinese tailor’s, the mid-century handiwork of that time adds to the value of a dress made then. So, another garment a bit large for me, but worth collecting. Things tend to get more exciting from here on, so –
Oh, I LOVE this! Been looking for just the right one for a long time and here it is – in my favorite color (or one of them . . . . . . . . .).
This style dates from the 1920’s in Shanghai, China and the custom-tailoring is so classic and timeless that I can’t date this dress exactly. It could be true vintage or made recently – but – one rarely sees the pure classic style done so well in recent years. And, it is 100% embroidered silk, which is also a rarity. This may not be the case with garments made for Chinese women, but anything on sale for tourists or the larger market is usually of a lower quality, in my experience.
Anyway, I’m totally thrilled! So perfect for a cocktail party. I’ve had this frock in my sights for several years . . . . . . . . . . .