I just LOVE this so much. Look at that fabulous, huge velvet bow, the pretty scalloped neckline and the pleated panel in front. Makes me feel exactly like I’m back in an old movie.
Shoulder pads, of course, and a side zipper. This was an elegant dress for dinner or some special occasion. In black crepe – the classic never-fail fabric for flattering fine frocks – whether formal or simply dressy.
Beautifully made, of course, though not a designer piece. Didn’t matter back in the day, because the quality scale was so much higher. I found another 1940’s dress at the same time which is a semi-exception to this rule and very surprising because of that. But, then, it was wartime and social factors sometimes caused a major disruption in ladies fashion . . . . . . . .
An iconic Mod flower-power print, with sheer sleeves at the same time! The dress material is a loosely-woven stuff that they used to call “hop sacking” in the mid-Sixties (but, of course, not real hop sacking, which is a different thing – sort of like the sugar and flour bag material that women used to make shirts and dresses from on the farms WAY long ago).
It fits Stella in a way that’s too short and tight to look the way it is supposed to, and would do better on a model a little bit smaller and not quite so tall. But, anyway, oh so cute and DEFINITELY from about 1966. Notice the Peter Pan collar.
Finding true vintage handbags in almost-new condition is always a treat. Although summer’s almost over this year, the old fashion rule of “Don’t Wear White Wardrobe Items After Labor Day” is also dead and gone!
Ande’ was another company that made popularly-priced purses in the mid-century era. Usually small, and more often made of vinyl, but always cute, sturdy and stylish.
Here’s a better look at my street – market find. When I saw the print and colors on this, I just HAD to have it! When I touched the slinkiest of slinky nylon/poly/whatever fabric, I was over the moon!
Just a simple shirt style, with an elongated collar, but the open sleeves are a really fun touch. It will be a very cool Spring statement dress – hard not to get noticed coming down the street in this.
And, so much fun to meet the daughter of the woman who had made it. Getting family stories along with the great clothing is the best!
This undergarment is so unusual – it could be worn as a dress itself, like many beautiful mid-century slips could be – but not because of exquisite decoration. It has extremely rare construction and is also made, at least in part, of a rare fabric – Bri-nylon, a nylon blend made in Britain.
The top is sheer lace, but the bottom is substantial and opaque; made to act almost like a girdle under a slinky sheath dress. Notice the back metal zipper that lets the wearer into the tight-fitting skirt.
A slip like this would be absolutely essential under many a wiggle-dress from back in the day. I’m so glad to have one now!
This is a beautifully-made piece from a smaller, upscale company from the ’50’s and ’60’s “down under” – Hibodress. It’s been fun doing research on the vintage clothing labels that I encountered there.
The woman who started this business really appreciated smart design and quality construction. It shows in this garment and made it such a pleasure to own and wear. Kudos to her!
That’s still true today, of course, if you can find clothing of that caliber . . . . .