Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Betty Draper Vintage 50s Dress

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♥  ♥  ♥  I love this vintage silk dress  ♥  ♥  ♥ 

I think Betty could have worn it when she entertained Don’s co-workers (with the Heineken) in the first (or was it second?) season of Mad Men.  That was in 1960, and women were still wearing post-war “New Look” designs like this in the real world. 

The New Look, developed by Christian Dior, was a reaction to the World War II rationing and frugality mentality.  Whereas wartime dresses for women were narrow and conservative to save fabric (and reflect the somber mood of the times), the New Look flourished in the 1950s, when affluence and easy living made a comeback. 

This dress is 100% silk and made in Stockholm in the 1950s.  It’s a bonus that the color is mustard, one of Pantone’s hot hues for Fall 2011.  Beautifully constructed, and shown with a crinoline underneath.  It’s sold with a vintage silk scarf in black, white and purple as an accent. 

For sale here.  $110.  Size small.  Click here for more vintage dresses from Chronologie Fine Vintage



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