Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Miss Deb Dress...

This is a little dress I got on the weekend - its a vintage dress cira 1940's and is from the New Zealand Brand Miss Deb.  I tried doing some research on the brand (its no longer around) because I've seen a few other beautiful vintage dresses by them before and haven't had any luck.  Is there anyone out there that may have some clues?  I'd love to know the history behind the company that has made so many amazing dresses!!


These next two pics I was playing with photo effects!!   Click to enlarge.

I did pay a bit more for this dress than I have for some of my other dresses but it was just so beautiful that I had to have it.  Now all I need are a couple of weddings to wear it too :) 

I also want to know if any of you lovely ladies (and Gentlemen!!) have any good books you can recommend on fashion in the 40's - well late 30's to early 50's.  Including things like hair and make up?  Websites are also more than welcome.  I'm trying to stream line my wardrobe a bit more to fit in with these eras yet still be modern and comfy.  Being able to make my own clothes that fit perfectly is a huge blessing and one that can save me an awful lot of money in the long run!! 

 I've culled quite a few of the pieces I don't really wear anymore which has freed up some room in my wardrobe, I was trying to be ruthless but it didn't quite work for everything.  As a person who is a hoarder of clothes I'm quite proud of the progress I've made.  Now I just have to tidy everything up and put it all away :)

XX
Jen

15 comments:

  1. I've been trying to do that too - align my wardrobe with my forties and fifties aesthetic to some extent. :) If I come across any new useful websites I'll let you know.

    Have you seen this blog? It belongs to a writer who has committed to living a fifties lifestyle for a year.

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  2. That is such a gorgeous frock - and it really suits you. Great score! Just a perfect flirty dress for the spring time.

    I will say definitely sixties though, not forties. Did you buy it from someone who said it was forties?

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  3. Lovely dress, I love the pleats.
    And well done on the wardrobe cull, I find that can be hard sometimes :)

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  4. Andrea - Thanks for the blog tip, I've just had a quick look and its such a cool concept!!

    Skye - I was told that they thought it was forties. Oh the scandal!! I really should school myself up on the dress of that period, but I still really love this dress. Thanks for the tip :)

    Esme - Thanks, it was hard and I still probably really need to do more but I feel so much better already :)

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  5. I really need to clean out my closet too, less to align my style and more to simply create room for the things I love and remove the items that didn't work. For awhile I tried to convince myself that I really could wear wool.

    I love that dress. I can see why you're so attached to it. If I come across any good books or sites I'll let you know. :)

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  6. that dress is soo cute! I've seen some miss deb dresses and they are always so gorgeous. If you're looking for some hair tutorials, there are often quite good ones on youtube - and it's great because they're videos and most are quite easy to follow.

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  7. -->running out of time, cannot properly reply, sorry for oncoming rushed comment, this msg is copy and pasted many MANY times, library shutting, reason for rush in vlog, please forgive mee, pretty pretty please<--

    Argh! Sorry hun for this, I'll get back to you properly sometime. That dress is gorgeous on you, its a shame the label no longer exists because that bow in the fron tis so feminine and girly and chic. Aaaargh g2g. Please forgive me. I like you :( Please do not leave me for this slack post. Reasoning is good. Promise :)

    xoxo

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  8. The dress is so beautiful!! Great find :) Really unique too!

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  10. Oh your dress is so divine! You have such a wonderful collection of vintage dresses.

    I'll be going into Dymocks today so I'll see if I can find any books from that era!

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  11. I just love that dress! The pleats are fantastic, and I love the colored print on it. It looks great on you!

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  12. Wow - beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

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  13. Spira Girl - Thank you so much!! I'm very flattered, now who to choose...

    Thanks everyone for your lovely comments :)

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  14. That's a great dress, and you look wonderful in it.

    xoxo

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  15. You MUST check out Miss Vintage. It has everything you need to know about hair, make-up and fashion from my favorite era!

    http://miss-vintage.com/

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Jen