Friday, June 13, 2014

Decades: Finds from the 1910s-1920s

Yikes, but I am tired.  Working wardrobe in summer stock is no joke-- it's extremely long hours, six days a week, and I'm lucky if I can blindly grab something other than running crew blacks to wear every day.  Don't get me wrong-- I'm liking it a lot and learning a ton-- but this summer's definitely brought to you by the letter F, for fatigue.

That said, one of the things that's made this gig awesome is its collection of vintage garments, and I am way overdue for sharing more of them with you.  I'll be taking you all with me through a chronological tour of my theater's closet, so in we go with my finds from the 1910s-1920s!

Please forgive the slightly hurried air of my photos this time around-- I scraped together a few minutes to snap away in one of the theater's dressing rooms.  I promise, had I found more time, I wouldn't make you look at picture after picture of a paper towel dispenser. Ugh.

This cream-colored dress dates from the 1910s.  I love the drop waist and long length, and man, for a 100-year-old dame, she looks good.  It's in terrific condition, thanks to the cool temperature and sunlight-free storage area.  The lace details on the bodice and sleeve add elegance, and I can tell you, after a month solid of jeans and t-shirts, it felt awesome to wear something so beautiful.




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This silk dress with fur trim from the 1920s is easily the most luxurious thing I've ever put on my body.  The thick fabric feels great, and the sheen is just incredible. The daring cutouts in the skirt hit higher than my short slip (oops), and it moves gorgeously.  














I love this über-feminine pink 1920s dress.  I don't usually go in for girly, but for this dress, I'd make an enthusiastic exception.  The flower appliqué, the light green satin sash, the drop waist and flattering neckline-- it all adds up to the sweetest garment I'd wear forever, if my boss would let me.  Though it's in good shape, it does show small signs of wear-- the thread on the side snaps has dry rotted and the crinoline's torn, but all original pieces appear to remain with the dress.  















I've got to find some jazzy fabric and make a copy of this dress.  It's your basic, classic 1920s flapper-style dress, but the colorful print and ruffles along the bottom give it major attitude.  The high neckline keeps it fairly proper, and also helps flatten out the look of the bust.  











That's all for this time-- I hope you liked getting a peek into the wonderful world of wardrobe!  More to come, as we work our way into the 1930s!


10 comments :

  1. Wow. These are gorgeous! The cream dress is so refined and elegant, but I do love the pale pink 1920s too. You must be having so much fun getting to play with this great collection!

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    1. Hey, thanks for your comment! It is a lot of fun, I feel really lucky. It's hard to put them back on the racks!

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  2. If you heard the faint sound of ooohhs and ahhhhs over the miles, that was me trying not to faint dead away from how sublime these amazing Edwardian and 1920s pieces are - and look on you. What awesome garments to get to spend some time with and wearing (lucky lady!!!).

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Hey Jessica! Thank you so much, I always love reading your comments-- you've got such a facility with words! I'm so glad you liked these pieces; I just like the idea of waking these from their hibernation, and giving them a little well-deserved attention.

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  3. swoon! wow, those three dresses from the 20s are so gorgeous. they look wonderful on you ... hopefully you find a lovely fabric to make a copy ...

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  4. Wonderful! Doesn't it look like that stunner with the fur trim should have a matching underskirt? They all look so good on you!

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    1. You know, I thought the same thing. My boss, the theater's costume designer, didn't think anything belonged with it, but if there was, it unfortunately got separated somewhere along its way to us.

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  5. Wow! I simply can't get over the condition of these garments! They are stunning! And how much fun to put them on!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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  6. These pieces are incredible! I especially love the brocade with the fur.

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  7. Awesome post! I don't usually like the dropped-waist look but that cream dress is beautiful!

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