Wednesday, May 5, 2010
The time capsule that is Mom's closet - pt. 2 - 1930s
Here's the second in a series of posts about clothing I found at my mom's house.
I wore this vintage 1930's house dress a lot in high school. It has the sweetest puffed sleeves, a ruffled collar, functional buttons down the front and a waist cinching sash. It is truly magic. One of the most flattering dresses I have ever owned. I know it doesn't look like a lot here, or in person from that matter, but on the body it just does everything right.
I bought it at a Salvation Army in Chicago that I loved at the time (long gone now). I remember I used to love it because it was dirt cheap and full of vintage. I used to leave with garbage bags full of clothing for $20.
From the moment I bought it, it was on its way out. The fabric was deteriorating and would rip every time I wore it, but I really didn't care. I'd just keep some safety pins in my bag and stitch it up when I got home.
The most memorable place I ever wore it was in 92 or 93 to a video shoot for the band Tub Ring , in some odd space by North Park Mall in the Chicago suburbs. I remember spending a good part of the evening being talked up to some guy whose necklace I liked. It was a Fimo clay and crystal monstrosity. He liked me, I liked the necklace. I left with the necklace and I never saw him again. I felt bad afterwards, and I still kinda do. Man did I behave like a little snot.