Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Blue sun



I am so excited I can FINALLY share this dress with you. I bought it in Stockholm this time  last year (!!!) but it needed TLC before I could wear it. It's my dream 40s dress. The shoulder pleats, the tiny fabric covered buttons, the bow, the full-ish skirt. It had some holes and once I got them beautifully darned, I then went through the painstaking process of hand washing with my metaphorical fingers crossed to get some marks off the shoulder. And it came off the line without shrinking and stain free. Phew!

So when I slipped it on today it felt like a small triumph. I couldn't resist adding victory rolls and hair flowers to give it an authentic touch. It makes me wonder who in the 40s was wearing this dress. Was it from a Swedish woman, who remained neutral through the war? Did she have strong views about the world around her, or was she just relieved to be relatively safe? How did she wear this dress, did she have nylons and a jaunty hat? Was she blonde, how old was she? Somehow that question seems so much more poignant where this dress is concerned in compared to my 40s dresses from the USA.

Wearing...
1940s dress bought in Sweden, Irregular Choice heels, Daisy Jean Florals Signature Rose Double in blue, vintage opal earrings, 1930s Czech glass ring, Jean Jean Vintage Edwardian bangle.

7 comments:

Harlow Darling said...

Vintage dresses from the 1940s are especially interesting for this reason, you can't help wondering what affect the war had on the woman who was wearing that dress at the time. Did she have a sweetheart who was serving in the war - where was he stationed, was he writing to her every chance he got, or had he gone MIA and been captured? What were her contributions to the war effort? So many questions like this when you're wearing a piece of history. These are definitely some of the thoughts that enter my mind when I look at the vintage 40s dress I recently acquired.

I am so glad you were able to bring this beautiful dress back to life, victory indeed!

Mimi Zorz said...

What a beautiful dress, must confess, I am a bit jealous, and you look too pretty:)) nice hair
as usual. Do you know what is the fabric of the dress?

Greta said...

The dress looks lovely on you, beautiful colour!

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Kate said...

Wow! That dress is stunning!

ModernVintageStyle said...

Oh this dress is adorable, and beautiful on you - such a lovely, lovely colour. And i adore your shoes with it. Kx

Nora T said...

That first photo is truly beautiful and hey you're right it's so lovely to think about the person who owned it before.. I never really put too much thoughts into it but it's an interesting concept!

Bella lauren said...

You look beautiful in this blue shade,really adore your outfit.

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