Sunday, November 9, 2008

Treasure -- November 10

A few weeks ago I found this gorgeous item at a local antiques store.

How lovely is that? The tag said it was a "vintage lace dickey," but I'm wearing it as a vest. I have it here over a t-shirt so that you can see the detail of the lace -- which is actually how I've been wearing it.

(click photos to enlarge)

I find that a collared shirt interferes with the collar of the vest, which has a lovely, romantic sort of droopy fold.

Here's the back.

It's made of net, and at the bottom you can see the only flaw in the thing, which is a tiny hole. The ribbony bit that holds the sides together is elastic, although it's pretty stretched out.


I also had to change out the buttons. They were very old faux pearls and the iridescent paint was peeling off them, plus there were only three of them and I wanted to be able to button it closed all the way down.

I'm pretty thrilled with this little find, especially since it only set me back 45 samoleons. Lace is a big deal this season, instigated primarily by Miuccia Prada's brilliant Fall 2008 collection.



about which I raved here and of which I am still obscenely enamored.

There was also myboyfriendAlexanderMcQueen's incredible lace blackout that same season,




which was posively mind-boggling. The clothes from that show are enough to re-ignite a gal's childhood longing for princess-hood, because honestly, that's the only way most of them would be appropriate -- full-on royal occasions complete with tiaras, trumpeted fanfares, and horse-drawn carriages.

So I'm a big fan of lace, I always have been, but I want good lace, not the cheapie stuff they make into sleazy lingerie or those fingerless mitts some folks wore in the 80's. The lace in my vest seems to be a machine-made Point de Venise.


(NON-machine-made Point de Venise. My eyes hurt just thinking about the people who made this.)

I think it's a higher-quality than most machine-made lace one finds today, but that makes sense given that it's a vintage piece. It's really bothering me, though, that I don't know when this thing was made. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out what period a vintage garment comes from, but this one has thrown me a bit. I sent some photos of it to Marla Mallett (who has an amazing website about textiles that if you're at all a fabric ho you should check out), and she agrees it's machine-made, but isn't sure about the period, either. So if anyone has any ideas, I'd really appreciate it.

So. While I can't afford this:

I have managed to put a little lacy magic into my wardrobe this season.

Photos: Style Spy,,,

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Deja Pseu said...

Love how you paired it with the t-shirt, absolutely inspired!!

Duchesse said...

Show em how it's done, Style Spy! A perfect example of taste meeting ingenuity.

Anonymous said...

woo hoo for the lacy magic! Love it over the T-shirt - genius! But what else would we expect? xxCaroline