MID-’60’S NON-TRADITIONAL COCKTAIL DRESS IN GOLDEN YELLOW

Very surprising find, at first. It’s a non-traditional style for a traditional type of party – very popular in the early 1960’s. Although the LBD has never gone out of fashion since Coco Chanel first designed it and made it a “must” for every woman, cocktail outfits really began to morph in the 1960’s. Not only is this dress not black, but it has an Asian feeling to the design, with decorative knots and slits at each thigh. Fortunately, there is a yellow satin liner underneath so modesty is well-preserved. The shaped sheath style was definitely a staple of early to mid-sixties wardrobes.

The jacquard fabric design also has an Asian feeling to it, so that makes this frock a departure from the normal of that day and very forward-looking. It does need the zip replaced, but I have a stash of vintage zippers where I’m sure I’ll find just what is needed. Fun!

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SURPRISE FIND TODAY! CLASSIC TRUE VINTAGE DAY DRESS ALL THE WAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .been reorganizing at Headquarters before the next overseas assignment, which includes retiring some old evidence now and then. Was dropping it off at a place where it can be declassified, neutralized and recycled. I wasn’t planning to poke around but thought, well – as long as I’m here . . . . . .

Look what I came up with for my few minutes time! It’s classic from the late 1960’s – early 1970’s, made by Butte Knit and just as expected – classic styling, classic color, exceptional tailoring and quality fabric. I love the tabs at the waist with button trim and there’s a belt that buttons in the back at the waist. Dark navy blue is good any time of year and the fabric is 3-season weight. Couldn’t be better.

The woman who owned this dress has cared for it beautifully – I don’t see any wear and she even had it dry-cleaned before donating! Although it’s not way old, it’s an example of the best of the best for it’s genre. Always true – you just never know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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VERY ICONIC TENT DRESS – A DESIGN INTRODUCED BY MARY QUANT IN 1964

I was absolutely over-the-moon when I discovered this. They are hardly ever seen, in my experience. Women loved the style when it came out because it’s so easy to wear, comfortable and surprisingly cute. However, this design seemed to have a fairly short life in the retail market which may explain why it’s not easy to find as a vintage piece. In this case, the dress has been home-sewn (much more economical that buying a real Mary Quant!) and has a nylon zip, unlike the other 1960’s dresses I’m showing with metal ones.

My mother had a dress made this way, but I never did so was skeptical that I would want to keep it. Big surprise when I tried it on – it looks like a tent (duh!) but is super cute and even flattering (maybe men would disagree). Although the style is meant to be worn beltless, it would also look nice with a belt and give more shape to the body.

Anyway, the big payoff for me is the rarity of this find and it’s firm place in fashion history. Score!

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PRETTY DAY DRESS BY VICKIE VAUGHN, LATE 1950’S – EARLY 1960’S

We’re still in the same time frame – the Camelot days of the pre- and early Kennedy era This frock by the mid-priced vintage label Vickie Vaughn has the same basic styling as yesterday’s formal dress but toned down for everyday. No less pretty, however, with an abundance of the feminine detailing which was so popular at that time.

Alas, she does show some wear and tear in the fact that her color has faded in a couple of places and there are even two bleach spots on front. So, that means the blue will have to be refreshed. Not a big deal, and all the other aspects of her construction are sound. Definitely worth picking up, as it’s a relatively rare find.

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STILL IN THE PINK AND VERY PRETTY, TOO. LATE 1950’S TO EARLY 1960’S.

A beautiful formal party frock just made for dancing. It was constructed in a Junior size, so that is why it fits Giselle better as Stella is too tall to show the dress off properly. The company label is missing, but the size tag remains so we know that this garment was commercially made. Several of the expected style elements and tailoring details of that era are present – a bow, lace overlay and a sheer overskirt, hooks and eyes at neckline and waist, wasp waist and full skirt with a below-the-knee hemline.

When I found this beauty, it was suffering from some stain problems but that was short-lived. The metal zip still works well. It’s still got many a Prom in its future.

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1980’S DOES 1940’S IN A CLASSIC STYLE BY A CLASSIC TRUE VINTAGE MAKER

A beautiful retro post-war shirtwaist day dress by Lady Carol, women’s dress label from the 1950’s until being sold in the 1990’s. Styling and tailoring details are excellent and we’ve got shoulder pads again. The atomic-style print is fun and I like the blue. This dress is great to have in the closet for days when I want an easy-care 1940’s style with some pedigree. The only regret I have is the missing belt, but seasoned vintage fashion collectors know how to cope.

Tomorrow we move on to the 1950’s. Stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..

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