Monday, June 27, 2011

Thank You and 1949 Evening Gowns

Thank you a thousand times for the huge outpouring of support after my blog post last Monday.  As your comments and emails poured in during the day and throughout the rest of the week, it became crystal clear that my time spent here is worth every minute.  I appreciate every one of you and am so glad that you enjoy my work.  I want you to know that I approved and posted every comment that came in, including a couple of less-than-positive remarks from anonymous posters.  In response to a few suggestions, I have removed the word verification from comments and will be watermarking the photos in a less conspicuous way.  And now, back to work!

I wish I could tell you where Louise Dahl-Wolfe took these beautiful photos in 1949.  The background of the antique silvered mirror wall provides a perfect setting for three luscious party dresses that are perfect for summer.

Left:  Red and white polka dotted cotton organdy fashions a strapless pouf of a dress by Fred Perlberg.  Prarie points accent the edge of the bodice.  Sold for $29.95 in 1949 (about $284 in today's dollar.)
Right:  More organdy, this time in white printed with bouquets of roses.  The gown is by Ceil Chapman and has a ruched bodice with a shoulder wrap that extends from one side.  Sold for $70 in 1949 (about $665 in today's dollar.)

David Klein designed this dress to look like a flower.  White taffeta forms petals over netting in the skirt.  Sold for $35 in 1949 (about $332 in today's dollar.)

16 comments:

une femme said...

So pretty and romantic!!

Miss Virginia said...

I love the petal skirt! It's very balletic--reminds me of tutus!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Romantic is the right word! So is balletic! I couldn't have said it better myself!

CarmenDahling said...

Your Graciousness Jody, I've often wondered how much time you spent researching and bringing us such breathtakingly beautiful photos at Couture Allure. You have given moi quite an education and truly inspire us all! Until last week I didn't know what a water mark was? We love you and your watermarks and we so greatly appreciate your most benevolently generous time given to present us with such alluringly beautiful photos.

Kay said...

I suspect perhaps that Louise had that wall built to showcase these amazing gowns. They really are a perfect reflection (tee hee) of the New Look that bloomed on an unsuspecting world in '47. Nothing but nothing makes a woman look more completely feminine than this line...marvelous! Thanks for sharing these!
Kay
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Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Carmen, my dear, you crack me up. Thanks for your sweet note.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Kay, I think the photos were probably taken at some old French estate out in the countryside. The mirrors look really old, don't they? I would love to have some of these mirror tiles for my bathroom today.

lauren said...

seriously, there is no blog like yours out there, it's mega helpful. in a sea of hack-vintage sellers, i love that you are seasoned and really know your stuff. :)

YYZ said...

Oh, my! I often long for a time machine, but those gowns make the longing more like a physical pain.... That rose-print Ceil Chapman actually makes me dizzy with joy (because it is so beautiful!) and jealousy (because someone owned it and I am not she!).

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Lauren, thank you!!! I always enjoy looking at your beautiful things. You have a wonderful talent for picking fabulous things and your photos are always top notch!

XYZ, may there be a Ceil Chapman gown in your future.

Anonymous said...

I wanted to drop a note... I don't usually comment on blogs, (I feel shy about it! I know, I shouldn't, but it always feels like I'm eavesdropping on a conversation they're having with their oldest and dearest friends! But I do know how important it is for the writer to hear feedback, too!)
I really wanted to say that I love your blog here. It is my favorite one ever. I don't visit every day, because I save it up... like a medicine to cure me on those insidious down-and-out days. It is the only place on the internet where I can go and get lost to a world far removed from my own. I love your photos, and the information you include... as a little girl I used to love looking through rare stacks of 50'-60's era Redbooks and such. I loved those glamorous ads, but was always disappointed that there was no information on the dress, model or setting.
You make me feel back there again, but with so much in depth information... only one of the reasons I love your blog!
As an aspiring seamstress I find your pages a huge inspiration, and a visit here changes my day for the better.
THANKS!
If I had the money I would totally be buying from your shop... as it is I just dream of making my own by incorporating some of the styles I see in your beautifully presented period photos.
Anyway, I really, really appreciate everything you put into this. Thanks.
Elizabeth

The Style Crone said...

Keep the photos coming! The gowns are perfection.

verobirdie said...

The dresses are wonderful, especially the bodices, in my opinion.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Elizabeth, thank you so much for your note. I truly appreciate it!

Style Crone and verobirdie, I'm glad you enjoyed these!

bonita said...

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I love the polka dot and floral dresses in the first picture ~ absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing! : )

xox,
bonita of Depict This!
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mondaine said...

Beautiful! Looks like the old movie heroin.

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