Friday, April 17, 2009

I Want This Dress

After my rant on Monday about my experience at the mall, I not at all surprised that General Growth Properties, second largest mall operator in the US, has filed for bankruptcy. Judging by your response to that post, I am not alone in disliking "The Shopping Mall". The retail industry is in for a bumpy ride over the next couple of years, and we are going to see many stores disappear. Hopefully, the retailers that are left will recognize that we want a better experience when we shop. Enough said - stepping off the soapbox and moving on.

I want this dress. Everything about it is perfect - the color, the drape, the long sash tie, and the fact that it looks timeless. Care to guess when it was made? Looks modern doesn't it? Go ahead, guess.

Of course, you know this blog does not feature modern clothing, so you won't be able to run to the dreaded mall and buy it today. If you could, you would find it made of polyester dreck, or maybe cheap silk if you're lucky. But, my friends, this dress is infinitely better than that. It is made of wool chiffon, a high-end, very lightweight wool with a crepe weave. Did you know that lightweight wool is very comfortable to wear in the summer? Because it is a natural fiber, it breathes and keeps you cool - unlike polyester, which will make you feel like you are wearing a sweat box. Wool drapes beautifully, resists wrinkles, and won't give you a problem with static cling. I really want this dress.

Did you guess? It was made in 1963 by Oleg Cassini Young America. If anyone out there ever finds this dress, please send it to me. I covet this dress. I need this dress. I must have this dress.

7 comments:

Bonjour Madame said...

Pretty dress. I thought about you when the news broke about the shopping mall bankruptcies.

hedda said...

and you should have the dress! Have you thought of having someone make the dress for you? It would probably be less expensive to have the dress made than to buy something simular.
However, Talbots does have a simular dress, it is made of hammered silk, available in four colors. The price is $159. The Talbots dress has a cap sleeve. Style number
C 05914
I have been stopping by your blog from time to time. I think you do an excellant job.
Please let me know or stop by and let me know what you think of the Talbots dress/suggestions.

Sal said...

That dress is truly gorgeous. Can't blame you for coveting it!

fuzzylizzie said...

I got the year, but I'd have never guessed Cassini!

Jody, it may be time to dust off the sewing machine. That's what I've done, and my closet thanks me.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Yes, I can sew it for myself, but I really want to have the original in hand to copy, KWIM? And I know I'll have to go to NYC to find the fabric. I still want the dress.

Hedda, thanks for the heads up on that Talbot's dress. It doesn't have enough width in the skirt for me, but it is very similar!

Gladys said...

I bought a dress like this last year. Not the color or the material but the shape. It was a tent shaped dress with a big sash belt. It was a crepe type material. I found mine at Black and White. It was black and white. :) I love this dress so versatile.

3412 said...

Just saw something similar at JCrew, here!

Ironic b/c of the anti-mall diatribe, but I'm not above seeking out vintage-inspired pieces from mass-merchants. I just shop online and avoid the malls altogether in those cases.

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