STELLA’S WEDDING DRESS – A 1940’S TREASURE

This is what Stella was wearing when I found her. It’s so much fun to see her wear it again and to look at all the fascinating details of the construction. The dress has a few light spots (we all know what weddings are like, don’t we?) but a good cleaning will take care of that. It’s beautifully well-made and has stood up magnificently over the years. All those fabric-covered buttons, pointy cuffs and the silky jacquard fabric are all very bridal but I especially love the clues to it’s era in this design.

Shoulder pads? Of course! Midi-length full-circle skirt? Got it. Maybe the neatest thing is the metal COIL ZIPPER. It’s of the time, but rarely found and this one works great. Another cool clue was finding that the fabric had been pieced at each side of the hemline in order to make the circle complete. This tells me that the width of the fabric bolt the skirt was cut from was not quite wide enough. This might just have to do with standard bolt sizes but also might point to the rationing and scarcity of goods that plagued the fashion industry during WWII. Women at home, tailors and manufacturers learned how to “make do” and still turned out great garments.

I loved looking inside the jacket to see how meticulously it was hand-tailored. Each of the tiny buttonholes is hand-worked. Snaps and hooks & loops are placed just where they need to be for perfect fit. These are all the signs of a really professional job and made this bride’s day even more special. More specialized-era files to be opened soon. Stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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AND, HERE’S MY EARLY 1960’S KENNEDY ERA WEDDING DRESS SURPRISE FIND

Isn’t she sweet?  The early Sixties were still so precious, with their knee-length princess dresses.  And, they brought shoulder tails back again for dressy frocks.  So unusual.  With sequins decorating the midriff, too . . . . . . . .

I’d be confused whether I was going to get married or going to the Prom . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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AN INTERESTING VINTAGE/VINTAGE-STYLE WEDDING/DANCE DRESS

AN INTERESTING VINTAGE/VINTAGE-STYLE WEDDING/DANCE DRESS

This ’20’s – style dress was made in the 1970’s and was probably intended to be a wedding gown.  The design is actually a hybrid ’20’s/’40’s in some ways. As marginal as the 1970’s were with regard to quality fashion (in my opinion), I have found some vintage-inspired garments made during that decade that were pretty cool.

This dress has never been worn – still has a paper inventory tag fastened inside the left sleeve. Also, there are care and content tags, but no maker’s label.

It seems fairly well-made and is an interesting design.  I find it intriguing as a curiosity, mostly, and would put it in the category of the Gunne Sax dresses of that time, many of which were styled after antique fashions.

Was this the remnant of a wedding that never happened, or just dead stock?  I wonder.. . . .  you just never know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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I HAVE JUST BECOME CUSTODIAN OF A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING ENSEMBLE FROM 1955

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Isn’t this just to die for?  Of course, the little bolero jacket comes off to reveal a sleeveless gown with slim straps – that’s for after the ceremony when the party really starts!

The tulle, lace and embroidery plus the poufy skirt are so Fifties and wonderful as can be.  Don’t make ’em like this anymore . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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HERE’S THE 1940 WEDDING ENSEMBLE, PROPERLY DISPLAYED

Remember this bridal dress and veil that I had a surprise chance to acquire from the bride’s daughter about 6 weeks ago?  Well, here it is in all it’s glory.  Thought you’d like to see it, too.

I had no idea, on the hanger, how charming and pretty it truly is.  And, there couldn’t be a better model  for it than Stella. . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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A FABULOUS EARLY 1950’S JUNE WEDDING – IN HANDMADE LACE

A FABULOUS EARLY 1950'S JUNE WEDDING – IN HANDMADE LACE.