Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Meet Lois

After my post about the Look of Suits from 1955, Facebook fan Bonnie sent me these pictures and the story of her mom and dad. She has kindly given permission for me to share them with you here.

Lois Marie Cashell and Charles Berkeley Randall were married in November 1957. Lois was working as a hairdresser at Hochschild-Kohn, one of Baltimore's famous department stores at the time.

Because the wedding was small, with only immediate family in attendance for the service at St. James Lutheran Church, Lois chose to wear a suit instead of a wedding gown. She purchased the Glenhaven suit at Hochschild-Kohn, and remembers it was quite expensive, even with her employee discount!

I found this ad for a very similar Glenhaven suit from 1957. Glenhaven suits were of very high quality and made of the best fabrics. Lois's suit was made of Forstmann wool, one of the premier wool mills of the time.

Sadly, Charles passed away just months shy of the couple's 50th wedding anniversary, but their children took Lois out to celebrate the date despite that fact. Amazingly, she was still able to fit into her wedding suit, and wore it along with the original hat, jewelry, and slip that she wore on her wedding day for the celebration. Isn't she beautiful?

Bonnie was kind enough to take some detailed photos of the suit for us.





Not only did the suit last all those years, it still looks stylish today! Thanks for sharing your story and pictures, Bonnie and Lois!

19 comments:

Matilda said...

What a wonderful story!!! The suit is an amazing treasure - and all it represents. Tilda

Louise said...

She's gorgeous. What a lovely post.

Vintage Fashion Australia said...

This story about Lois, the very lovely lady from Baltimore, brought me a smile all the way down here in Australia. I was previously married to an American from Baltimore and lived in Towson in the mid 1970s. My late mother in law, Marjorie Hill, nee Hellman, had been a top photograhic model in Baltimore in the late 30's and 1940s. She was extremely well dressed and style conscious, and she loved to take me shopping at Hochschild-Kohn - always reminding me it was THE department store in Baltimore. Did Lois work there in the 50's? She might have even known my late "Mom" inlaw. I guess HK Department store has long gone, but I do remember it well. It really is a small world. I still have some photos of Marjorie modelling in some really great 40's & 50's dresses. I will seek them out and post them. In the meantime - a big Hello from Pamela Hill-Wright at Vintage & Designer Fashion Australia to Bonnie and her ever lovely Mom, Lois.

Deja Pseu said...

Beautiful story, beautiful suit. The details on that jacket are amazing.

Bonita said...

Thank you for all the lovely comments! Pam - My mother works at Hochschild's in the mid-50's as a hairdresser, but stopped in the fall of 1958. Great story about your MIL. It is a small world, isn't it?

Shrinky Inky said...

what a lovely post and thank you so much for sharing Lois and her wedding suit with us!

Sheila said...

That is so lovely - the suit, Lois, the story. Thank you for sharing it.

lula said...

A suit that has a lifetime story and we can see it still "alive" after 50 years! Fantastic story and thanks to Bonnie and you for sharing it. Hooray to Lois!

biebkriebels said...

What a lovely story and it suits her so well, not at all old fashioned.

Stash said...

Thank you for posting this wonderful story and the beautiful pictures. Seeing those details on the suit and the sweet picture of Lois, 50 years later is such a treat.

Vivi Vintage said...

An amazing story!!

K.Line said...

I LOVE this story! I actually think Lois looks even more gorgeous today than she did in her wedding photo (which is tough to do). What a beautiful, strong figure she has. And what a beautiful suit to show it off!

verobirdie said...

That is a beautiful story! And a beautiful suit, a real treasure indeed!

Vintage Fashion Australia said...

Doesn't Lois show us all that with age comes true beauty and "VINT" age NEVER goes out of style!

Bonjour Madame said...

What a lovely woman and such a beautiful suit that still looks lovely today.

Donna said...

I am pleased to tell you that Lois is a good friend and neighbor and a wonderful fill-in "Grandma" to my daughters. The 1950's represent an era of distinction and good taste in clothing but they also had a refinement of spirit, language and demeaner that remain with Lois today. When my daughter returns home from a visit with "Mrs. Randall" she trails those clouds of refinement with her!

PineRidge5 said...

Timeless lady, timeless suit!

But honestly, I want to know her secret! I suspect that not one woman in 1,000 could wear her wedding clothes so beautifully 50 years later.

Vix said...

I have been saving your reader stories/photos for the weekend -- and what a lovely treat.

Many thanks to Ms Lois and Bonnie for sharing the story of this wedding suit; from its charming beginning to its current wearing, it's a stunner that looks wonderfully at home on Lois.

I'm so sorry her husband was not around to see her in it for their 50th anniversary, but I hope the celebration with family was a wonderful day full of sharing happy memories.

Rachel said...

such a sweet story, thanks for sharing.

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