Friday, February 3, 2012

a dress with a past

Photos by Joshua Cobos

dress  1940's vintage
necklace  the vamoose
purse  vintage from adore vintage
boots  vintage

I found this amazing 1940's dress at one of my favorite antique stores in Petaluma (a small town near where I grew up). I was admiring the lovely shape and color of it when I noticed a small photograph attached to the tag of a smiling lady wearing the very same dress (and some rather awesome glasses). On the back was written "11-6-1966." I tried the dress on and it fit wonderfully, but the best part was knowing that I was also getting this little bit of history. I love that the previous owner was still wearing this frock years after she bought it. I wish every piece of vintage I found came with a photograph (or a whole scrapbook!) of whoever loved it before.

The previous owner. I wonder where she was going that day, if she wore the dress a lot, if perhaps it was her favorite...









26 comments:

AnnaBananaCupcake said...

That is so awesome! As much as I love the lady in the photo, I think the dress fits you much better. Looks like it was meant to be yours after all. :D
XOXO

Q's Daydream said...

that's so special! gorgeous dress.

Teresa said...

Beautiful dress and it looks amazing on you. And having the photograph of the original owner wearing it is a treasure in itself. :)

The Closet Intellectual said...

How wonderful!! I love the provenance--what a treasure~* & may the dress make you as happy as the woman in the photo appeared to be wearing it!


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Natasha Fatah said...

Love the story to go with your sweet dress. :)

xoxo
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Teddi said...

aw special photo & story, smiles. just another reason to dig the vintage.

The Thriftaholic (Leilani) said...

It's so rare to know any of the history behind the vintage clothing we wear so it's sweet that you have a photo of the former owner wearing yours! You look great in a 1940s silhouette and I like the way you paired it with boots and a little fascinator. The color palette would also work for any season!

Purrfect Kat said...

lovely post! I love the pictures... and the dress is so pretty++

Preziosa said...

You are so pretty and the dress is gorgeous!

The PvdH Journal said...

This is stunning. I love the editorial qualities of the photos- all gives you the vintagy feel to it.

Paola

www.ThePvdHJournal.com

casey said...

I love that you got a little piece of the history of the dress with it! :) It's a beautiful dress too--I really love the midriff shaping.

Toad & Feather said...

What a beautiful dress! It fits you like a dream. Also I love the pictures with your cat x

4EyedNerd said...

I love the mirror picture!

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gabrielle said...

oh wow, that must have given the dress so much more energy while you were wearing it. i often forget about the ghosts that wore my clothes before me. these pics are awesome and perfect.

xxoo
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Phara said...

Amazing, that was such a great idea of the previous owner.
X

Zane said...

beautiful dress, looks wonderful on you

Kenzie and Maddy said...

I love your blog! You such an adorable inspiring style!

Junaluska said...

That would be amazing if all vintage clothes came with photos! Although maybe it would only make us more curious.

Rebeccak said...

Amazing! I love the idea of pinning a photo of yourself in the dress with it - or who ever cleaned it up and sold it off - such a strange but wonderful thing to do!

curious constellation said...

So, so perfect! The dress is gorgeous but having that little bit extra info on the history makes you love it even more!

Kimberlee Van Der Wall said...

That's so awesome that they included a picture of the previous owner!!

Liz said...

i love this! it really would be amazing if every piece of vintage clothing came with a photo or a little story attached. it would bring some kind of closure - seeing the face of the person who once loved it as much as you do now.

little henry lee said...

oh wow, i can't believe the dress came with a photo of the previous owner wearing it, that's such a lovely idea of the store owners to do that. it really adds something extra to the dress, you look lovely wearing it! :)

Caitie said...

this is such a great post!!! LOVE the pics and love the bit of history u shared!

xxx
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Emily Baker said...

agreed. totally wish that would happen more often.

p.s. i need to vintage dress shop in antique stores far more often

http://anna.elle.se/ said...

So beautiful dress and it fit you so well!

Anna
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