|"Why do you never smile? Because it hurts my lips" -George Harrison in A Hard Day's Night|
I'll work on smiling and looking less terrified, I promise.
I've been wanting to show you this dress for a while, but never got around taking photos of it until last month. Beside its general shape and fantastic basket-weave pattern, what I really like about it is its obvious history. I managed to authentify its age with the help of the Vintage Fashion Guild's label directory; it's most likely from the late 40s or early 50s. However, it has been hemmed shorter at a later date, most likely (or rather, I like to think!) in the mid to late 60s. I also like to think it was a hand-me-down from a mother to her daughter, who modified it for it to be 'au goût du jour' in her time. As for myself, I found it at my favourite charity shop, where it was mistakently placed in the children's section.
I also need to tell you about the shoes! I bought them to replace a really old pair that was full of holes but that I still sheepishly wear once in a while. I was initially drawn to the first pair because it was "something The Horrors (at the time of their first album) would wear (!!!!!)" (exclamation marks because I was 17 and a big fan and very excited). The replacement pair most certainly had to fill these requirements. I found them barely worn on etsy, they're very comfortable, and their quality is excellent.
|Impossible to find without the watermark, from here. In person, it is particularly hypnotising. I had to run back to have a last look at it before the gallery closed.|