Look what cropped up yesterday? 3 beautiful accessories from the Fifties – handbags and a silk scarf.
What’s so special about these is their rarity and excellent condition. The scarf is perfect in gorgeous silk, with no snags, holes or hemming problems.
The raffia purse is rare and very clean. The weaving is undamaged, as is the liner! It’s only issue is a bit of discoloration in places – probably from sun.
The white purse is hard to see in detail because of the glare but is totally covered in TINY white seed beads. Excepting for a few missing beads near the clasp, there is no damage, inside or out. It was made in Belgium for Bonwit Teller.
Now we’re talkin’! Setting the mood here for Cupid’s Day. Some are relatively demure, but all are beautiful nylon and silk sleepwear from a time when those things were really special.
Whether a young girl heading off to college, or a young woman on her honeymoon, one (or two) of these would surely be stowed in her luggage.
Madge likes that cute robe with the double button closure at the waist. It would work well over the little short-sleeved gown – perfect for dorm room dreams. As for the silk number in the center, well, it is Valentine’s Day so forget the robe . . . . . . . … . . ..
Another great find, and in perfect condition, like the one shown yesterday! Let’s talk QUALITY and DESIGN again. First off, I love silk dresses. This one needs a steaming, but that will happen when I give it a cleaning – couldn’t wait to share it.
So, high-quality fabric. Also, high-quality construction, made in Hong Kong. That’s a location that could always be counted on for superior workmanship. The turquoise edging has been applied so expertly and carefully that it adds to the overall impression of a higher-end piece. The buttons are fabric-covered and the pleating detail is beautiful. Also, inside, the little hand-done fabric fans at the shoulder seams that widen the shoulders a bit are really nice. The covered elastic at the waistline has retained its stretch, so was good-quality, as well.
I just love the pairing of a New Wave true navy/turquoise color combo and detailing along with 1940’s style. Avant-guarde meets vintage. Some better-made Forties garments were very much like that, back in the day. I would expect that this dress was worn with a belt, although there are no belt loops. A simple, dark navy belt would be called for, as the collar and cuff detail take center stage. There’s enough fabric, unless you’re quite tall, to harvest material from the hem for a tie belt or to cover a custom buckle belt.
A much simpler and “homey” style tomorrow, but still a star on the quality stage. Stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . .
What a beautiful handmade garment! I can’t date it and have never discovered one like it before. Because of the traditional style and motifs, it may be hard to say exactly how old it is. Could be several decades old, or very modern. I was attracted by the beautiful colors and the hand-tailoring.
The belt I have used is not original, but necessary for this robe. As I understand it, obi belts are often made separately from the robe, to special order.
Although it seems very large and long, after you wrap it it fits little size 2 Stella. What a puzzle – not sure who it would have been made for. The motif of cranes suggest a man (?) but I’m certainly no expert on these! But wait – more mysteries to come . . . . . . . . . . . .
Here’s that gorgeous kimono found about a week ago. It has been pieced together by hand, as as far as I can tell. Some of the basting stitches are still present. The blue-tinted edge dying around the lower hem (and also inside the sleeves) is something beautiful and I can’t figure out how it was done.
Don’t know how old this garment may be, but it’s been around for a while. The lovely colors illustrate chrysanthemums and cranes – both, I think, traditional Japanese decorative motifs. I’d love to know more about it’s origin and the history of the design.
It’s also VERY long, so might have been made for a man in spite of the floral pattern (?). Not my area of expertise. What next – you just never know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . .
This little ’60’s or ’70’s frock is a bit whimsical in coloring, but very traditional in style. The maker is Lanz, which started in 1922 making Tyrolean costumes in Austria. The brand became well-known with sportswear in the mid-century U.S. and branched out.
Although their styles were fun and popular, they also remained loyal to traditional design and high quality. This dress is a little too fussy for me, but I thought it was worth picking up for the reputation of the exceptional brand name. Always fun to say “hello” to an acquaintance I’ve made before . . . . . . . I’ve got at least 3 of their garments already.
The fabric seems to be silk, though there is no content label. With this maker, I wouldn’t be surprised. I put a red belt on for the photo, but it is not original. The original belt may have been a tie belt – probably purple, but I’m not sure yet. Fortunately, the hem allowance is large enough to provide the fabric for a replacement (love that!!).
Anyway, it kind of looks appropriate for this time of year with some family gatherings and more traditional events on the calendar.
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.
Custom-tailored in a popular style of the mid-late Sixties, batik dyed silk tent dress that I like to wear belted. It also has a shawl made of the same material that completely transforms the look.
Wearing it un-belted is also a completely different look, but not my style. This cut can work for almost any figure, but really looks great on curvy Madge. That’s her edge over slender Stella, so they’re getting along fine .. . . . . . .
This dress is another keeper! I wish Stella were here to model it for you – it’s so beautiful. So chic and elegant, of 100% silk with a floral jacquard design, with all the fine details that would be expected from an expert tailor. This dress was made in the late 1950’s – early 1960’s by a tailoring firm especially for a higher-end shop in the Bahamas.
Excepting for the missing original belt and a few stitches in the hem which need to be repaired, it is in perfect condition. A dress of this type would have been especially prized by it’s mid-century owner, and protected from damage. That’s why it’s still possible, if you are lucky, blessed and skilled, to discover these frocks today.
I’m also fortunate to be of a size that was more or less average at that time, so I can wear many of my finds without alterations. However, an expert cleaning service will have skilled seam-sters who can work wonders when necessary, so carry on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .