House of Rouff, Paris, ca. 1897. Silk twill and silk cut velvet on twill foundation. Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Those of you who follow my Instagram will have seen lots and lots of wedding-related stuff recently. Both my Insta and Facebook are filled to the brim with white, froofy dresses! Now, I’m not getting married anytime soon, but I’m a sucker for beautiful garments. The reason for the wedding bonanza is that Beyond Retro are arranging a Wedding Special, for which they’ve put out hundreds (literally hundreds) mind blowing vintage wedding gowns! To commemorate this I have been shooting 1960s wedding fashion (on which there will be a post soon) with my friends Elvira and Mia of the Face Stockholm Vintage Studio, borrowing some of Beyond Retros garments.
I was also lucky enough to get an invitation to the Zinkensdamm Beyond Retro store for a dress-preview breakfast yesterday, so I brought Mimmi of The Retro Army and got an incredible opportunity to take a look at the dresses, and boy, did we try a few. I even purchased some for myself, so that when someone get’s on his knees to propose – I’m ready!
If you’re interested in your own gown (or maybe two, or three, or… ten), just pop over to the Zinkensdamm Beyond Retro-store in Stockholm before January 25th! There’s everything from 40s to contemporary styles. Don’t miss this.
Today’s outfit. My pardons for the radio silence over the last few weeks. I’ve taken Christmas off to spend time with my family, and stay away from computers, stress and the likes. A belated Merry Christmas, and a very happy 2015 to you all! New Years’ post and 2014 resume coming soon.
Having spent lots of time at home, I’ve obviously not put too much effort into my outfits. Here’s a typical day at home. Toned down makeup, hair in a scarf, comfy blouse, loose fitting skirt. This, a good book, and a cup of tea, and my happiness is made.
Craving this beautiful dress that is currently up for sale at Melamela.co.uk. Unfortunately it has a 28″ (71cm) waist which is a wee bit too large for me. But look at those sheer sleeves, and that nipped in waist! The seller describes it as follows.
”This stunning 1940s/50s dress is by Peggy Page, and is pale pink with a cross-hatched black pattern and black velvet trim on the neck and arms. The dress is fitted at the bust and waist with a flared skirt (in these images there is an extra petticoat underneath skirt, which is not included). The dress fastens at the side with a zip, and is in very good vintage condition bar a small amount of fraying near the bottom of the zip (which has been repaired), and a broken belt loop on the right side of the waist.”
If you have £150 to spare and impeccable taste – why not invest in this beauty? I certainly would if I coul, but my wardrobe is already full with things that need altering before I can use them. One of the perils of vintage, I suppose.