Taffeta And Ermine


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Today I took some photos with one of my newest pieces, a long black taffeta gown that I got at a thrift store. I am not exactly sure the era, but it has shoulder pads, so probably was made sometime during the very late 1930s or 1940s.  The dress looks very much like one that I saw in a 1939 photograph, but despite being a vintage clothing lover and blogger sometimes there are pieces I just can’t date.

The above brings up one reason I love vintage clothing, especially finding it randomly at a thrift store or tucked away in some store where it is hiding suffocating between a 1980s prom gowns and polyester disasters from the 1970s. The reason I like finding vintage in these types of places is that not only do I get a bargain, it also allows me to do some research on the item.

I am one of those people that when I get a vintage piece, I like to date it as closely as I can, its great when I can date it to an actual year.  Out of my involvement with the world of fashion, I am also a writer of fiction, non fiction and screenplays and most of the projects I work on are setting in another era. Whether it is research for a new script/book/novel or it is a piece of fashion, I love to dig into history and play detective.

But all that piece being said, this dress still kind of elludes me, so to be safe, I just say 1940s, when in the 1940s, I have no idea.

In the picture, I am wearing a pair of vintage gloves from the 1950s as well as another piece that has an interesting story behind its aquisition.

I love ermine with a passion, especially when it has the black tails.  I searched the internet, and found a couple stoles like this, all very, very expensive. So, one day I was just searching around on Ebay and I found this piece…for $20. The seller had listed it as fake fur…which its not.  Its got a beautiful red brocade lining that feels like 100 percent silk. I think it is probably from about the time of the Edwardian era. Ladies who were rich enough to buy an ermine would wear this wrapped around their neck often with a matching hat and muff.

Even though the dress and the stole are two different eras, I think they compliment themselves perfectly!

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