So, last year, Fashionable Reader, I was poking about a thrift store looking for a piece for a Halloween costume when I found this dress instead:
At first I thought it was homemade but there is a label reading L. Rothschild San Francisco. Etsy listings and the look of the label suggest this is vintage but while the cut and style scream 1950s I think it might be 1980s or later. The company is now listed as suspended but it incorporated in 1981, and most of the clothing associated with the label has a definite 80s vibe.
Not this one, however.
|1950s via goosberrye tumblr|
Anyway, the dress fit me well enough and you know I love sleeved day dresses with pleated skirts. I liked the interesting button detail down the front as well. I wore it to the second of the Crudrat teas:
I paired it with black accessories. (Sorry about the lighting, my office is awful back-lit.) I'm wearing it with oxfords (modern from Marshall's $10 on sale, similar), a black bow belt (similar $5), a black beaded cardy (from Ross ages ago), and a black velvet hat (vintage gift). For accessories I have a lace mustache necklace, which I love, but never does hang straight, and some vintage typewriter key earrings, which I practically live in.
The image that inspired this look:
|1890s Evening Dress Worth, The Mint Museum|
|1955 A Kelvinator Kitchen via rigerwikerson tumblr|
|1954 Fashion for Good Housekeeping via theniftyfifties tumblr|
|1894 Evening Dress Emile Pingat, The Museum of Fine Arts, Bosto|
|1894-1895 Evening Dress The Mint Museum|
|1898 The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|1898 Evening Dress Jean-Philippe Worth, The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|1900 Ball Gown Jean-Philippe Worth, The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|1900s Evening Cape Liberty & Co., The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|1905-1907 Evening Dress Jeanne Paquin, The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|1906 Evening Shoes The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|1908-1910 The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|Negligée 1908 The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
Ta ta for now!
|Just look at those pleats! Divine.|
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