Something I love about vintage is how one item on it's own can be so inspirational. There are so many elements which make it special. The cut of the garment, embellishments, fabrics, design, and colors are so fantastic. I could just gush about it for ages. This particular dress is one that I bought at a flea market. I had walked around to all the different vendors, becoming disappointed because there weren't any clothing vendors there that day. I passed by a furniture vendor and noticed a large cardboard box labeled, "clothing" near a cabinet. I decided to browse through it and what I found was quite exciting. This 1920's/early 30's dress was in the box, quite rumpled up. Along with it were several turn of the century items, including blouses, jackets, and skirts. According to the labels of the items, there are a couple from around 1890. As far as I can tell they are not reproduction. This dress is particular is exquisite, but obviously falling apart. I dare not even put it on for fear that it will just disintegrate. I would love to do a photoshoot with it someday though. The dress is adorned with such exquisite detail I could look at it all day long. I decided if I couldn't wear it, it would hang on my wall so that I could be constantly inspired by its beauty.
One of my pet peeves when looking for vintage clothing is finding items that were obviously not taken care of or shoved places and crumpled up. I realize that most people aren't as passionate about old clothing as I am, so they probably don't care if they just shove it in a corner, but it is just such a shame when you find pieces like this full of tears and shreds. It's loveliness shines through, even through the wrinkles.
1 John 4:11-12
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.