This version of “satin” is really heavy and is also a bonded fabric. Materials like this crop up here and there throughout the mid-century and seem like they would be uncomfortable to wear. However, they hold their shape very well without the need of too many stiff crinoline underskirt layers which, I suppose, was the point and an improvement over 1950’s styles. The hem is tea-length on Stella but an average-size gal from 1960 – about 5 inches shorter – might have found it to be ankle-length. Again, not really a Prom dress but it would have been perfect at a gala or music recital.
The most striking features are the intense color and the back-view design. Bows were a big deal – even up into the early 1970’s. Comfortably demure but also sexy in it’s own way, gowns like this provided lots of coverage for girdles, garter belts and structured bras – the standard foundation garments of that time. Less prone to “wardrobe malfunctions”? Not sure about that. I’m sure there are stories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
These are the perfect shoes to be worn with the wedding suit shown yesterday. Can you imagine a pair of white satin pumps at least 60 years old staying in this condition? Who knows how long they were out of the original owner’s safekeeping? Amazing!! I found these beautiful fabric shoes clean enough to be worn again as is.
Fun ’40’s/’50’s styling and beautiful leather soles that make them good forever. They also carry a mysterious story of a very special and formal occasion. I wonder where and when it was . . . . .
So many clutch purses are made today in vintage styles, but there’s nothing like the quality and attention to detail found in true vintage examples. I’ll ALWAYS go for those instead! I love rigid handles that can be folded inside the purse to hide and beautiful satin fabric covering is always elegant and versatile. Two compartments inside with a see-through vinyl divider is so practical, too.
This Garay handbag is elegant and probably never carried. There is a bit of storage wear, but the inside is absolutely perfect. Sigh – another happy escapade!
From sometime in the Sixties, this formal gown was custom – made in a very heavy but fluid satin material that drapes beautifully. So simple and elegant, it cascades to the floor with only a bit of shoulder detail and a lot of style.
At the shoulders, straps fasten in front with a large button and loop. Otherwise, the dress closes in the back with a metal zipper. The waistline dips to the natural waist in back but sweeps up to an empire style just under the bust – line in front.
A bit big for me, but Madge carries it well and it will be very easy to alter. What better way to add a gorgeous and well – made wardrobe staple to my closet!
Morgana Martin, the Magicvintagespy
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