EARLY 1960’S SPECIAL OCCASION FORMAL DRESS

It’s rare to find these true old ones in great condition anymore. 20 years ago they were coming out of the closet when the former debs and prom queens were moving house or retiring. Now anything that looks like this on the surface was probably made in China yesterday.

However, when you look a little more closely at a true vintage gown you’ll see the careful construction and quality materials that these older garments were made from. Even those that aren’t top-of-the-line are still distinguished and built to last!

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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CUSTOM-TAILORED 1980’S REPRO OF A POST-WAR CLASSIC GOWN

A beautiful 1940’s cocktail-style dress constructed to professional standards. Who knows if it was made for a gala event, theater production or just for the love of couture. Whoever did so had marvelous skills as a dressmaker.

Although it looks best on a more voluptuous figure than Stella’s, she shows off the stylistic elements better than my models Madge and Giselle. Extended, padded shoulders, trim waist, full skirt and a wide sash are each iconic elements of late 1940’s fashions designed after the rationing of fabric was ended. Hemlines fell again and glamorous elements reappeared. It was a fabulous time for fashion and was championed from Paris by Christian Dior.

Like Stella, my figure doesn’t do it justice so it will be among the archives on offer in about 3 weeks.

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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BIG CLOSET CLEAR-OUT GETTING STARTED

Oh, my. As always happens to those of us with huge collections of vintage fashion items, the storage capacity eventually becomes overcrowded. My evidence lockers at Headquarters are straining at their limits and a rapid de-classification and release of archived material is imperative. The procedure has now begun, to be accelerated in the last week of June and on into July and August.

To you, my community of agents-in-training and aspiring students, an early look at the items which are going public will be published on this site as promised. Many were produced in the commercial market decades ago and became prototypes for a range of popular mass-produced apparel which has been manufactured in recent years more or less faithfully to these originals. Some are unique one-off constructions which were produced by unidentified or rogue elements of the underground handcrafting couture movement which has been operating in the shadows of popular commerce for centuries.

Look for more posts, beginning today and stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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*If any of you are interested in starting or adding to your collections of archived intelligence, the items described will be on public offer in the eBay marketplace under the seller name Singswing. It’s refreshing for an agent to be able to poke one’s nose out from undercover once in a while though still using an alias.

GREAT “NEW” FIND – VINTAGE HANDMADE TOOLED LEATHER WALLET

An unexpected find! I’ve had little to no opportunity lately to be in the field, but yesterday I stumbled upon this wonderful mid-century wallet. It is beautifully tooled, personalized and in pristine condition. Couldn’t be better! As you know, loyal followers, I really love tooled leather pieces from back in the day.

This one is so perfectly done. The workmanship is exquisite and the design is classic tooled leather art. I have only one such wallet, so far, and will love adding this to it’s best match among my leather art handbags.

Thank you MAG (or Margaret?) for passing it along and to my fellow sleuths who have stuck with me during this underground period. There will be more regular posts, probably beginning late this month but one never really knows – so, stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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TO MY FACEBOOK FOLLOWERS:

I received word yesterday that Facebook plans to discontinue my page, How To Find the Best in Vintage Fashion, in May. They cite the reason being that the type of account is short on security and needs an upgrade. Sorry, Facebook, but I’m not sure that I want to “upgrade” security with you.

For those of you who have followed me on Facebook, I’m sorry about this news. However, I continue to link with Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress, Tumblr, Pocket and several boards on Pinterest as well as being available online as Magicvintagespy.com. At the bottom of every post are the available links.

There are big doings happening within the infrastructure of my cell, which is currently operating from a remote location. This is necessary right now. However, when I am able to go to ground at Headquarters once again (probably in June) there will be a large turnover of archived material taking place, with related data-sharing. At present, this is all the intelligence that can be published. Stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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Rare find – 1950’s or early 1960’s Katz housecoat

While this may not seem exciting to you, it is to me and I’ll tell you why. Katz was in business for almost 100 years, since the late 1890’s, and started off making underwear then branched in several directions until closing in the 1990’s. I have found only 2 items made by the Katz company over all my many investigations, which seems illogical. So, I consider a garment made by Katz to be a rare find. So much for the pedigree – let’s see what else is very cool . . . . .

Another thing about this brand is that, though they seem to have been mid- to low-priced items, the quality of construction is exceptional. All the finishing is very well done and the decoration is made to last. The buttons and lace are of excellent quality. Although this coat is at least 60 years old, it is clean and untorn. We could chalk these two points up to the higher standards of quality usually seen in true vintage garments and the better care of their wardrobes that our mothers and grandmothers took. However, this is still not true in every case. The only things I need to attend to are re-stitching one bit of seam and replacing a button, which I’m sure I already have a good match for.

The design is extremely basic so might be considered boring, but I’ll be keeping this coat because it’s the only one of its type that I’ve seen which is just a mid-thigh length. Very unusual. So convenient and cool. Definitely worth picking up. I also unearthed an accessory item from the same era and with similar credentials. Stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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TO MY FOLLOWERS –

Uncovered a couple of neat finds today. The sort of fun wardrobe items I will use often, with plenty of mid-century history and pedigree. Will post soon. Stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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