Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Balenciaga Inspired
The above gown is from Amy-Jo Tatum's collection of authentic vintage gowns.  This one is from the 1960s Balenciaga era.  Photo by Lirette Photography

If you're flirting with the idea of wearing that dress from your favorite era, here's the lowdown: Many vintage clothing stores stock actual gowns from by-gone eras as well as ‘retro-inspired’ selections that are brand new. The bride in love with a particular era of clothing usually checks vintage clothing stores first. Not all opt for an actual gown that survived the ages though. Some go for a newer style reflecting the period in natural, sustainable fibers. Why? Because that authentic 1916 Shiffli lace blouse may be so delicate, without proper restoration it could literally fall apart. Think of gowns belonging to the ages like you would certain antiques: some so precious to be considered museum quality. Depending on restoration, the rule of thumb is, the older the gown the less they should be worn. If you are set on wearing that 1910 dress find a specialist in restoration who can advise. At this point you may have to decide whether or not going green or wearing a repro Art Deco (possibly in synthetic or made in overseas sweatshops) is the more important.

Above is a reproduction of 30s-40s vintage

1 comment:

Dee Stephens said...

love the sleeves! Not many people do it anymore but I likey!