BRIGHT MID-CENTURY DAY DRESS FROM A TIME OF AUSTERITY

Love the color, the atomic print and collar shape. I believe that this dress was made during the 1940’s, when sewing materials were hard to come by. However, if so, our seamstress didn’t skimp on the hemline. What tells me that this may have been a wartime dress or sewn at a time when money was scarce is the lightweight material in some kind of synthetic and the very pared-down design. The bright color and au courant print for that time speak to how wartime women and manufacturers rose to the challenges during a very difficult era and held on to their fashion-sense.

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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A VERY SLINKY MATA HARI VIBE, PROBABLY FROM THE 1990’S

Remember that true-life wartime spy who became famous for her espionage during World War 2? A woman after my own heart and a mentor, for sure. Asian and Asian-inspired fashions became really popular back in the day because of her. I have another dress almost like this one, but I think I’ll keep both. Rayon, again, and oh, so flattering.

The makers also got something else right – the sleeves are made of sheer fabric. This style feature was quite popular in the Forties on bodices, sleeves, shoulders and inserts near the waist. And, of course, there’s nothing like a black and scarlet combo. Perfect for a little intrigue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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1980’S DOES 1940’S RAYON DAY – DRESS WITH A LITTLE MORE FASHION – FORWARD STYLING

This dress was made by Liz Claiborne back in the Eighties day. Rayon again, of course. The fabric print colors say more Fifties to me, but the styling is right for a salute to styles from the middle of the Forties decade. The shoulders are padded substantially and the classic shirtwaist styling is very mid-1940’s. I especially like the slightly-dropped waist which gives a great fit on the hips. Love it – come on, summer!

While not a sarong style a la Dorothy Lamour, it’s still got that Pacific vibe which became popular after Japan joined the fight. Exotic island colors and little palm trees so we could forget about the actual horrors taking place halfway across the world. . . . . . . A sad memory for the day after Veterans Day, but thanks to the Liz Claiborne designers for getting a lot of it right!

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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TRUE VINTAGE 1940’S RAYON DAY DRESS – AN APPLE A DAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Patriotically short and with minimal sleeves in observance of wartime rationing, this drapey frock still looks fashionable and sweet for day. Belted, with a bow at the neckline and cute little apples all over. I’ve been itching to photograph it on Stella for almost 2 years and I knew it would suit her to a T. I love Forties rayon dresses – they fit like a dream.

That means I can probably wear it, too, but first it needs attention to a couple of tiny holes on the back of one shoulder. No sweat for the Magicvintagespy and it will be ready for next summer!

During this series, I’m going to do something a little different from the usual. Garments will be posted in the order of their style decade, even though that might not be when they were actually made. All are true vintage, at least from the 1980’s – ’90’s or before, but I picked up several well-done retro pieces 1 or 2 years ago that I’d like to show you. So, stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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