Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Vintage frocks

So vintage frocks are making a come-back and Antiques Roadshow will be featuring some of them! The article in last week's Radio Times mentioned Biba, Mary Quant and Ossie Clark and valued some of their little numbers at anything from £80 to £800.
I felt a quick visit to the wardrobe was needed! Way back in my college days of the early seventies when I was studying Textiles (alongside Bruce Oldfield, I might add here!) at Sheffield City College, I designed and made this wayout silk dress.
Of course tie-dye and the colours purple and orange were trendy in the seventies - hence this gorgeous concoction of hand dyed and embroidered silk. The hemline, sash and centre panel are tie-dyed circles and the main fabric of the dress has a marbled effect. The photo below shows the machine embroidery and beading on the midriff panel. I think the idea came from my design sketchbook based on steam engine wheels!! (Boyfriend liked to visit the Railway Museum at York- the old one not that nice new thing there now!!!)

It is still in perfect condition, full length, fully lined and if my memory serves me correctly, wonderful to wear - I haven't done so for a while as it is a size 10 and I am not!!!!! It helped me gain a Distinction in my course work so I guess it must be beautifully made too - sounds like an advert but I think I would need to be offered a lot of money to sell it. It feels like an old friend - lots of happy memories of fun in the Textile department whilst we were sewing, weaving, potato printing but most of all laughing. Those were the days.....

5 comments:

mountainear said...

That really is pretty special - we've got so blasé these days when everything seems achievable, but something so unique, so well crafted - and well, gorgeous - is something to shout about. And yes, oh to be a size 10 again. Or 12. or 14. Oh.

Wipso said...

Just gorgeous Twiglet. I share memories of the time you made it too. Such talent :-) A x

elizabethm said...

That looks beautiful - we are the same vintage I think. I was the proud possessor of Biba dress which I kept until about ten years ago and now wish with all my heart I had hung onto.

Elise said...

Heavenly colours Twiglet. Have a great week...

Calico Kate said...

That really is a piece of wonderful work Twiglet, not at all surprised you got a distinction.
I think mums wedding dress was a Bruce Oldfield but perhaps I am talking out of my hat - will need to check....
CKx