What is your oldest and most treasured fashion item in your wardrobe? I was thinking about what mine would be.
Many years ago Mum gave me her engagement dress with matching coat that she wore back in 1957. On asking Dad where he bought it – he advised me that it was from a boutique in Dominion Road, Auckland and that it cost him over a week’s wages. Surely Mum was worth every cent or was it shillings in those days I asked. He didn’t comment – but then Dad has always been the strong but silent type!
I haven’t actually worn the dress since Mum gave it to me. I have thought about it, but haven’t quite found the right occasion. I do like knowing the dress is hanging proudly in my wardrobe though. I decided in the writing of this blog to see if I could still fit into it. I could definitely get the dress on, but couldn’t really move my arms much.
The style is obviously very 1950’s and described as ‘princess line’ (being a sleek-fitted dress, without a waist line), accompanied with a swing-back Coat. The dress and coat are made out of brocade satin, with a modest hem length. The fabric is amazing and has stood the test of time. It makes you wonder whether clothing bought in this era would look this good so many years later. I am guessing Mum’s dress wasn’t made in China?
So, what is your most treasured fashion item from yester years? Why don’t you send a photo to email@example.com and I’ll share some of our fashion ‘treasure’ moments.