KENNEDY-ERA SHEATH DINNER DRESS IN FABULOUS CONDITION

A gold rayon satin sheath, perfect for cocktails and dinner out in 1960. The over-dress with high slits and frog decoration is very much a style of that time. The white embroidered design is a little showy, but understated fashion wasn’t a big thing then. However, this dress still manages to be elegant.

Sadly, there is no label remaining and I doubt that it was home-sewn. Could have been custom-tailored by an expert dressmaker, which was a favorite thing to have done back then. Of course, I miss my mannequin models big-time when showing off this frock. A fitted sheath looks best on hourglass figures and was really cut to fit that way when it was new.

I’m discovering things from the late ’50’s and early ’60’s a little more often in the last year or two and it’s obviously a sign of the times. Not sure how many 80- and 90-year-olds might still be hanging on to a favorite Mod designer outfit. I guess I’ll find out later, but we’re still going in that direction tomorrow. Hang on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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RARE FIND. 1950'S TEX-MEX STYLE COTTON CIRCLE SKIRT

Haven’t run across one of these in a while, so I’m thrilled. They were so popular in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Travelers to Mexico and the southwest U.S. loved to buy them at stores carrying souvenirs, Western-wear and Native American goods and bring them home. The women living there wore them every day(especially if they were transplants from up north)-so comfortable and flattering.

Casual ones like this were often worn with white peasant blouses with puffy sleeves – see Kim Novak wearing one in Picnic(1955) with William Holden. Native American versions with LOTS of ric-rac usually had matching blouses. Pretty sure this one was home-sewn, but nicely done. The hem had been taken up from it’s below-knee original length but it was easy to take those stitches out. It’s fun to see clothing that has been altered over the years to go along with changing fashions. There is one old mend and some wear near the waistband closure that will require a little rehab, but that’s A-OK. I love vintage garments with a history and it testifies to the authenticity.

So, this one’s probably the oldest, but not by much. We’ll got forward in fashion history tomorrow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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NEWEST FIND! MID-CENTURY COTTON GRANNY DRESS

Ooh, groovy mama! I love these – from a small-ish label in California this hippie boho dress from the late 1960’s or early ’70’s is a pure sign of those times. 100% cotton, with flounces and smocking. To be worn barefoot or with army boots.

I’ll have a lot of fun with this one. Wonder what’s next . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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STYLISH ITALIAN LOAFERS IN 100% LEATHER – VINTAGE?

True vintage or retro? It’s not easy to tell with shoes from European makers. The styles are so classic and the construction methods so traditional that they still look like the beautiful footwear we used to see in North America before marketing and cost-cutting robbed them of their elegance and high quality.

Whether these were made in the Sixties, the Eighties or 5 years ago, they were too good to pass by. The value, of course, is that I can have them repaired as needed for as long as I want to wear them.

That’s it for my most recent treasure hunt but now that I’m on dry land again, you just never know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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CLASSIC, CLASSIC, CLASSIC TRUE VINTAGE HANDMADE SHEATH DRESS

This is a style I love and it even got better when I saw the full lining and hand-stitching. A tailor-made dress that I’ll wear for decades to come.

Boring? NOT!! From the late 1960’s to the early 1970’s, this design has been around at least since the Forties. Nothing says comfortable, tasteful and well-dressed better than this.

Add a scarf, an elegant necklace or a statement belt – good leather shoes and handbag (true vintage, of course). Your profile is instantly elevated. Working with vintage garments and accessories, it’s easy. That was the nature of fashion for our mothers and grandmothers. Durable, stylish and well-made does the trick. That goes for shoes, too . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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CUTE LITTLE APPLE PRINT ON A 1930'S – 1940'S RAYON DAY DRESS

It was the height of my happy dance when I spied this lovely! Almost-perfect condition (just a little hole mend in an inconspicuous area and missing belt) and from my favorite decade(s). Sorry that the pic is a bit out of focus – the apple print is very sweet.

A simple v-neckline with a fabric string tie. Seam at the waist, belt loops and gentle shaping, midi-length. With the black rayon background, the belt will be very easy to replace. Perfect for everyday.

Tomorrow, we’ll be traveling up toward modern time (as late as the early 1970’s). Keep watch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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HERE WE GO AGAIN . . . . . . . . . . .

So, I have queued-up my latest group of finds for your viewing over the next 3 days BUT there’s already been another discovery! I’ll get it added to the line-up right away.

The message is: I may be on a roll and can’t predict how it’s going to go. Thanks for sticking with me. Stay tuned and expect more at any time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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