Friday, January 6, 2017

A vintage Christmas gift

"What I really love about the fact that they contain someone's personal history...I find myself wondering about  their lives. I can never look at a garment without thinking about the woman who owned it. How old was she? Did she work? Was she married? Was she happy? I look at those exquisite shoes and I imagine the woman who owned them rising out of them or kissing someone. I look at a little hat like this, I lift up the veil, and I try to imagine the face beneath it... When you buy a piece of vintage clothing you're not just buying the fabric and thread - you're buying a piece of someone's past."   ~ Isabel Wolff, A Vintage Affair 

This lovely frock was under the tree for me to open on Christmas morning. It was carefully wrapped in paper and twine with dried flowers adorning the top. It came from a little Instagram shop I have grown to adore. Take some time to browse here and be inspired. Kerrie Moon started the little shop a couple years ago or so and I love her vision for the ethereal, romantic woman. I could get lost in her Instagram for hours. What a dream. 

I love clothing that evokes memories of something deep down you have always secretly loved and admired. A heroine from a book, or a character from a movie. A dress you saw once and it left such an impression that you made a little closet for it in your mind that you once in a blue moon pull out and dream about again. 

This dress right away reminded me of Christy Huddleston donning the gorgeous purple dress that once belonged to Dr. MacNeill's wife. I always admired the beauty and mystery of the dress and the way the Doctor and the Preacher stared at her when she walked down the steps of the cabin wearing it. 

It's a dress with a story. After all, aren't those the best kinds?