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70s? Or earlier?

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by Impey, Sep 13, 2021.

  1. Impey

    Impey Registered Guest

    Hi all

    Had the good fortune to pick up this lovely dress with ‘california’ label. I’m assuming it’s 70s based on label and plastic zip, but would appreciate any thoughts on whether it might be earlier? The only reason I wonder is because the original owner would have been in her 50s in the 70s, and the style doesn’t seem quite right for the 70s.

    The fabric is quite unusual in that is has an almost quilted texture with a beautiful honeycomb pattern in addition to the print.

    Any thoughts would be very much appreciated!


    PS Apologies for the over the top poses but it helps to show the fullness of the skirt! CF97D0C1-AD96-42B8-83A7-DD3B0E56356A.jpeg

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  2. Midge

    Midge Super Moderator Staff Member

  3. Jonathan

    Jonathan VFG Member

    It looks like a cotton matelasse. I think it might be late 60s, or c. 1970 on the nose. I would have thought later, but for that fabric. If it was later 70s I would expect nylon jersey...
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  4. Vintagiality

    Vintagiality VFG Member

  5. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  6. NylonNostalgia

    NylonNostalgia VFG Member

  7. GemGem

    GemGem Registered Guest

    Just wanted to say... it is gorgeous!
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  8. Impey

    Impey Registered Guest

    Thank you!
  9. Impey

    Impey Registered Guest

    Thank you!
  10. Impey

    Impey Registered Guest

  11. Impey

    Impey Registered Guest

    Thank you - I think it’s gorgeous too! I’m tempted to hold onto it!
  12. Impey

    Impey Registered Guest

    Thank you Jonathan - I’m off to look up cotton matelasse now! Ahhh now I’ve looked you are entirely right - thank you!
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2021
  13. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Administrator Staff Member

    no symbols on the UK care label also suggests earlier than 70s to me. Fabulous dress. And is that you modelling? You are fabulous too!
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  14. Impey

    Impey Registered Guest

    Thanks so much! Yes it is me - I used to hate taking photos of me, but once you realise it’s all about angles it’s fine!
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  15. Avantbo

    Avantbo Registered Guest

    Gosh a lovely dress, 60s or early 70s, early 70s I think and I see no reason why a 50 year old in either era might not have worn that dress.

    Lovely find.
  16. Midge

    Midge Super Moderator Staff Member

    I initially thought 70s because I have an early 70s Burda magazine showing similar style dresses, but it could be a little earlier. Anyway, they called them summer evening dresses - I think that sums it up!
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