Thank you for all your kind comments over the past few months. Last week I handed in my thesis, attended a Cavalcade vintage fashion presentation and turned twenty-two! I'd love to write more about the Cavalcade (it really deserves its own post!) and show you more photos but unfortunately my computer has crashed and I have one last essay to write. Instead I'll leave you with these two photos I did manage to save and upload.
This is what I wore on my birthday to the Cavalcade presentation on "The Art of the Cut: 1930's evening gowns". It is a late 1930's or early 1940's lace illusion gown. Not only is it black lace (swoon) but it features the most amazing exaggerated hips. With drapes like those it's near impossible not to strut.
We found this beautiful car, by complete chance, parked in a nearby street and decided to take advantage of the perfect photo opportunity. I'm not sure what the owner must have thought...
I'm holding a birthday present (from me to me...) an Elgin powder compact. The front features silhouettes from different fashion eras, from Egyptian to Victorian, as well as a 1920's Flapper! I think it is from the late 40's or early 50's as the etching on the front doesn't show the typical Dior new look (presumably because it hasn't been seen yet). Coincidentally, after I bought the compact I read this Dita Von Teese interview via pocketvenus and if you have a look at the sixth photo... ta-da!! Not too shabby! (Also, let's all have a collective sigh at the beauty of Dita's home!)
I'd love to learn more about this compact, so if anyone has any information or knowledge on vintage compacts, please let me know in the comments below!