Jan 9, 2014

Tailored Ladies

Tailored Ladies
Now that the extreme cold weather has broken  just a bit and I cab return to my studio, I can write again. Still wearing 2 sweaters in here, but it's habitable. So let's take a moment and celebrate that mainstay of vintage fashion, the 1940s to early 1950s tailored garment. Women wore suits in those years. And not just professional working women. A suit was a basic wardrobe feature. With the right blouse, shoes and jewelry, not to mention hat, a suit could go to lunch, work, to church or to dinner.  When I started collecting in the early 1980s, padded shoulders were just coming in and so was the infamous 1980s Power Suit. So women who loved vintage and worked in offices started buying these suits up - they had the fitted waist, shoulders, and straighter skirts they were into. These stayed hot through the 1990s, then waned just a bit. But I tell you, they seem to be back. Is it 1940s nostalgia? Could be. Is it the appreciation of the workmanship? Possible. Or the high quality fabrics? Maybe. Or is it that this era from 1940 - 1955 just had great suits and women like them?
First up, two striped wool suits from the 40s, both from California stores. The stripe placement on the cream and taupe jacket is complex and works wonderfully. This takes quality cutting and construction skills to accomplish. High quality. The second is a bit more traditional, but I really like the grey and wine color combo and the nipped waist.    
 1940s Ladies Striped Wool Jacket from Bullock’s SZ S

1940s Ladies Striped Wool Jacket in Grey and Red SZ S/M

And of course, the classic navy suit in gabardine. The top one has a detachable capelet. Both the jacket and the capelet carry a diagonal patch pocket with fold down flap. The silhouette here is slim and long. The second suit is one for the more curvy gal, with a shorter jacket and flared gore skirt - but again, has those dressmaker details I have come to appreciate so much.

Late 1940s Ladies Navy Blue Gab Caped Vintage Suit SZ S

1940s Ladies Navy Blue Gab Vintage Suit SZ M

Jan 3, 2014

Are Hats Dead? Really?

Are Hats Dead? Really?
People,(and by that I mean fashion commentators), have been crying "Hats are Dead!" for decades. In the sense that women no longer buy a hat for every dress or suit, I suppose so. Certainly that golden age of millinery that reigned from the 1920s to the 1950s is long, long over. I still see ladies estates form the 50s and 60s with more hats than you can imagine. No woman I know of still buys those kind of dress hats or in that quantity. Oh,there was a time in the 1980s when Princess Diana popularized hats again, and even I sported several felt hats in grad school. 
But it's not that hats are gone, they are just different. There are still Sunday church hats, baseball caps, fascinators, cold weather hats, sun hats, hipster ethnic hats, stocking caps and that once a year festival of whimsy and craziness  known as the Kentucky Derby Hat.
So it's different now, as it should be. We aren't as formal. That's fine. I get it. Women don't want to wear hats the way they used to. And yet.......... I just added 6 hats to Past Perfect Vintage, and 3 sold instantly. And I do mean the very next day. This makes me happy - not just for the sales, but that there are still women who like a great hat! 
Here are my two simple questions: Do you wear hats? What kind? 
And now to encourage a bit of hattitude, here they are:  
1920s Vintage Black Velvet and Satin Cloche Hat with Wide Brim
Early 1930s Vintage Pink Wool Felt NRA Hat and Late 1930s Brown Fur Felt Fedora Hat
1940s Slate Blue Felt Fedora Style Hat and 1930s - 40s Fedora Style Panama Hat 
 1950s Golden Yellow Straw Hat
all can be seen at Past Perfect Vintage 

Dec 30, 2013

Dresses on Parade, 2013

So as the year comes to an end, I thought it is a good time to post just a few photos of wonderful dresses that went on to new homes in 2013. I hope you all enjoy these as much as I did! 

Two Irene Suits

Black and White Victorians
 Wonderful 1920s styles, including a dated Rolande
 A Ceil and a Carruthers

and Wonderful 1940s and 50s Styles