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Nothing Like a Man in an Ascot

Vintage paisley ascot cravat (3)

Four lovely vintage paisley ascots/cravats are on their way into my Etsy Shop.  From left to right:

For the Captain Wentworth in your life...


Captain Frederick Wentworth Persuasion Jane Austen white ascot cravat


xx ~ Michelle


The Language of Clothes

"In language we distinguish between someone who speaks a sentence well--clearly, and with confidence and dignity--and someone who speaks it badly.  In dress too, manner is as important as matter, and in judging the meaning of any garment we will automatically consider whether it fits well or is too large or too small; whether it is old or new; and especially whether it is in good condition, slightly rumpled and soiled or crushed and filthy.  Cleanliness may not always be next to godliness, but it is usually regarded as a sign of respectability or at least of self-respect.  It is also a sign of status, since to be clean and neat always involves the expense of time and money." 

The Language of Clothes
by Alison Lurie (1981)

The Language of Clothes by Alison Lurie

Or, if you prefer a more recent edition with a fabulous retro-looking cover and a new introduction about fashion today,  this was published in 2000...but it's paperback.

The Language of Clothes by Alison Lurie 2000

 

(First of what I hope will be many sartorial food-for-thought quotes from this captivating book.)

xx ~ Michelle


Please Pardon My Error

It has been brought to my attention from a fellow vintage fashion aficionada that the print on the dress in my last post, although Poiret~ish, is actually an Aubrey Beardsley illustration produced for the first English edition of Oscar Wilde's play "Salome" in 1894...It's called "The Peacock Skirt".   Please allow me to properly introduce to you "The Peacock Skirt Dress".  

Vintage Aubrey Beardsley The Peacock Skirt Salome print dress (2)

Vintage Aubrey Beardsley The Peacock Skirt Salome print dress (3)

Vintage Aubrey Beardsley The Peacock Skirt Salome print dress (4)

Vintage Aubrey Beardsley The Peacock Skirt Salome print dress (5)



 

 

xx ~ Michelle


Posh Poiret Print?

Vintage Aubrey Beardsley The Peacock Skirt Salome print dress

This stunning vintage dress was the result of a last minute, unplanned 10 minute treasure hunting expedition. I was avoiding doing things I didn't feel like doing and popped into one of the shops I frequent and there she was, waiting for me. Don't you just love when that happens? Serendipity, once again.

I was bit stumped as to how to describe the print on this dress at first.  But I keep going back to Paul Poiret, when his work took on the influence of orientalism. 

Paul Poiret oriental influence designs

It's about a size 4/6...not a tag or label to be seen, so off to do some research.  Look for it soon in The Shoe.

(Addendum~4:00pm EST 23 November 2011: In the six hours that have lapsed since this post, I have been provided with updated information about the print on this dress.  Please visit here for more information.)

xx ~ Michelle


Harvard-Yale "The Game" 1947

Harvard-yale-vintage 1947
(photo credit: Collectible Ivy )

My treasure hunting expedition over the weekend landed a late 1960s Harvard crimson athletic jacket in my arms.  Sweet, I know.  So while doing a bit of research about it, I came across this program cover from 1947.  That year, Yale took the game with a final score 31-21.  But yesterday afternoon, Harvard dished out some embarrassment to them right in their own back yard.  Final score: Harvard 45 - Yale 7.  That's pretty sweet, too, if you're a fan of Crimson.

xx ~ Michelle


How To Answer The Man in The Grey Suit


1940s vintage gray wool dress bead embroidery button detail

1940s vintage gray wool dress bead embroidery button detail (4)

1940s vintage gray wool dress bead embroidery button detail (2)

1940s vintage gray wool dress bead embroidery button detail (7)

This sexy 1940s number will debut in our booth at The Urban Vintage Bazaar this Saturday afternoon.  If for some strange reason it happens to return home with me, look for it later this month in the shop. 
It reminds me of the infamous Charles James dress Angelina Jolie wore in The Tourist which I wrote about earlier this year...Angelina, if you like it, send me an email.

xx ~ Michelle


The Snow Queen

1960s vintage A Golet Original winter white ivory brocade three piece suit blond mink collar (4)

1960s vintage A Golet Original winter white ivory brocade three piece suit blond mink collar

1960s vintage A Golet Original winter white ivory brocade three piece suit blond mink collar (9)

1960s vintage A Golet Original winter white ivory brocade three piece suit blond mink collar (7)

"She pulls the suit from the back of her closet.  Drawing her bath she sips her champagne, smiling to herself.  It's been such a very long time.  She takes her time selecting her lingerie.  Not that he'll know, but I will.  She sits at her vanity...taking her time with the rituals involved.  Will he say I haven't changed a bit?  She laughs to herself again, this time aloud.  She clips on her pearl earrings and slips on the ring he gave her so long ago.  She sprays her perfume into the air and allows it to fall over her like very fine snowflakes.  The Snow Queen...isn't that what he called me when I told him it was over?"

(Excerpt from an unwritten novella)




 

xx ~ Michelle


More Velvet Finery

Vintage black dress at The Red Velvet Shoe

Vintage 1960s sultry black velvet halter cocktail dress with elongated keyhole front with  three rhinestone bow clips.  Six corded black straps vertically connect the neck to the rest of the dress. . .

Black dress worn by Demi Moore in Indecent Proposal

it's a little bit this...

Betty Draper Black Dress Italy Mad Men

and a little bit that.

Vintage black dress at The Red Velvet Shoe 2

Vintage 1990s very fitted blue velvet gown with sheer decolletage & button-up deep V back.  Old Hollywood glamour, anyone?

Both debuting at Urban Vintage Bazaar this Saturday at our booth.

xx ~ Michelle