I have always loved vintage clothing. There is something about it that never goes out of style. It may never be considered high-fashion but at the same time it’s never out of fashion either. Whether you wear an entire outfit or one item mixed with more contemporary clothes you are dressed for an occasion. If you are lucky enough to own a sizeable collection you always have something to wear. You may not be in the latest fashion but you are always in style.
The dress shown here is from my collection and dates back to 1948 or thereabouts. It is made of chartreuse green satin with brown sequins along the back sash. It is a made to measure dress, as were practically all clothing from that time. It was made for a woman whose bust was 32 inches and a waist of 26, perhaps a 4 or 6 in today’s sizes. Despite its age, all its decorate features are present. They just don’t make things like they used to.
The dress is a prime example of a vintage piece at almost 70 years old. Like most garments that survived so long it must have a fascinating background story, which I unfortunately don’t know. There is a special name for these stories “provenance”. The only information I have on it, is it that it originated in London. But, enough to send my imagination into overdrive and I have concocted the most fabulous stories for it. I imagined that its original owner was a debutante or socialite from an aristocratic background or maybe a Mitford sister, which is highly unlikely. It is nice to imagine that it spent its heyday in ballrooms of Mayfair or at the Ritz. One thing I can say for certain is that its wearer enjoyed an adventure or two, evident from the rips and repair work.
It never really fitted me, and would certainly never had the occasion to wear it either, but that is not why I bought it. There was something compelling about the mass of green satin, hanging in the market stall. I knew I had to give it a forever home. It captured my vivid imagination and that was enough.