I’m over-the-moon with this one!! Last year I found a wonderful sweater made like this, with soft, fine suede – but this one is a full jacket WITH A ZIP-OUT PILE LINING! – and braided leather buttons. Just LOVE the quality and style of jackets made between 1940 and 1960. What a fabulous mid-century vibe.
It was another magic moment for the Magicvintagespy because this coat is in virtually perfect condition. Just like stepping into a Happy Days episode or going Back to the Future. What fun! More to come . . . . . . . stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Another rare find! This one was not a high-end item when it was made, but it is an iconic piece with mink-trimmed sleeves. I have a few of these garments with sleeves like this but don’t find them often.
Metallic thread on sheer black fabric, with “Autumn Haze” mink cuffs. Buttons up the back. Back in the day, companies that produced medium-priced clothing still made some “luxury” items that the average woman could afford, and they made them well.
How neat! Classic mid-century styling by Renee Originals with excellent tailoring and hardly any sign of wear. I just love old frocks that testify to the way that women used to value and preserve their clothing; especially the favorites!
The fabric may be a cotton/rayon blend. It’s of a medium weight and printed in a checkerboard floral pattern – fall-ish colors with asters or Gerber daisies. The buttons are black, faceted to look like jet, and there is ric-rac trim on the bodice and skirt.
I’m in love! Of course, this is an Autumn to Winter dress although temperatures this year would let me wear it now. I think I’ll save it for the season. You’ll probably see it, along with other recent finds, modeled properly by one of the working “girls” whenever I get back to Headquarters. We’re on a roll here, so stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
This frock has been with me for a little while. It’s a pink and blue floral on a charcoal background, with a little bow on the bodice. I have added a cloth-covered belt in charcoal. Unusual shades to take us into autumn, still with a light and outdoor feel. Would look nice with darker leather shoes and handbags, for a change, and maybe a coat or jacket as the weather changes.
Black is always good, but this dress – with its black velvet accents – looks just right for that Halloween party or autumn dance. Originally from Margaret’s of Lubbock, Texas, it’s a ’40’s stunner with a big swingy skirt. I look forward to photographing it properly on Stella some time, back at Headquarters. But, for now, here’s an early photo I took shortly after the discovery.
Made of black taffeta sometime after World War II with black velvet tubing all around the skirt and making a false lacing up the bodice front. Ruching on the 5/8 sleeves – a common tailoring touch on garments from the Forties.
As always, fashion good fortune was with me. A great dance dress and fabulous find! Jitterbug or Texas Two-step – let’s go!
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY