Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lovely lady lot

I have recently listed on eBay what I consider the wedding dress I'd have worn, had it been available to me at the appropriate moment. I love the timeless beauty of this dress, and the fact that it is the very palest shade of blush pink. It truly melts my heart.

Listing this dress gives me a quorum and I am ready to show items from this lovely lady. When she called me she said she was ready to let go of a few things, as she was about to get married. I came to her house only to find that her elliptical machine was partly blocking the door, with her on it.

The lady went to get her items, which date from the late 40s to early 50s and I felt a bit scrambled; her stories and history date her to an age of at least 85, but everything else about her belies this. I clearly remember thinking: She is unmistakably beautiful, and in love.

She had a most unusual late 40s Ceil Chapman gown:

A late 40s softest wool coat:

and a sweet 50s sundress with stripes of tiny rickrack:

Among the items she offered me was this Tula gown and jacket, given to her at the time of her 1952 wedding:

At my first visit she wasn't quite ready to part with her 1952 wedding dress, but pretty soon the call came, with her 2nd wedding (her first husband had passed away years before) pending:

Made by Cahill Ltd. of Beverly Hills, which I've come to find out was an exclusive and high-end wedding gown shop, the dress is made of silk shantung, with the extravagantly flaring skirt lined with stiffened gauze for body. There are more items from this lovely lady...but I'm not sure I'm ready to part yet.

I feel blessed by the women I meet to purchase their clothing, and have highlighted others in the past, such as You're a sight to see Mrs. Gordon, I love my vintage clothing sources, A tiny fraction of Mrs. Alexander's clothing, Another favorite source and The suitcase lot.


Louise said...

I often wonder about the vintage I own- who did it belong to and what were they like?
This is so interesting, to see the story behind some lovely dresses.

admin said...

Oooh! So pretty! I don't
want to look at it too
much--wedding dresses are
like babies--if I look
too long I start thinking;
me want one! :-D

denisebrain said...


You know it ~is~ pink...I suppose it could be worn for other fancy occasions too!

Cindy said...

The wedding dress is stunning, but the color on the Ceil Chapman is giving me heart palpitations. It's gorgeous! That little sundress is a real head turner as well.


denisebrain said...

The Ceil is truly unusual in my experience. It came as quite a surprise when, months after taking the dress home, I saw the label. Talk about heart palpitations!

Louise said...

The Ceil Chapman is lovely and so different from others I've seen. Great find!