Vintage textile: A treasure trove of fashion

Vintage textile: A treasure trove of online fashion from days of yore

Are you a fan of period clothing of the like seen on Downton Abbey, Poldark, Harlots and so on? I am and I’m not ashamed to admit that. Although the sublime beauty of these forms of clothing hides the fact of how uncomfortable women were, in their corsets and itchy lace and canvas constructions. Still – a woman is allowed to dream of vintage dresses. Here’s a place online where you can buy original vintage pieces of wearable art that will satisfy history buffs and fashionistas alike. Do yourself a favour and go on a treasure hunt, it’s pretty fun!

My favourite are the Edwardian tea dresses made from delicate french lace and cotton. They look breezy, light, summery and romantic. In a way it would be lovely to have to dress up like this everyday, although probably not so comfortable.

Lace trimmed embroidered tea dress, c.1908, a bargain at $150
Lace trimmed embroidered tea dress, c.1908, a bargain at $150

Along with this beautiful slip to go underneath of it

Princess line, full length cotton petticoat, c.1905
Princess line, full length cotton petticoat, c.1905

The tea dresses are reasonably priced and dating from the turn of the 20th Century or even earlier, I would say that’s a bargain.

Art Deco enamel compact, c.1930, $350
Art Deco enamel compact, c.1930, $195

 

8 bull's eye glass/brass buttons, 19th century
These buttons have bull’s-eye-style centers of amber colored crushed glass, surrounded by rings of black and white glass. The three dimensional glass centers are set in brass backs with shanks. 19th Century. $85

 

Appliquéd lace blouse, 1940s made from ivory cotton tulle and hand assembled Belgium princess lace.
Appliquéd lace blouse, 1940s made from ivory cotton tulle and hand assembled Belgium princess lace. $225 

 

 

Wool plaid lightweight coat, c.1960. $175
Wool plaid lightweight coat, c.1960. $175

 

 

2.5 metres of satin damask ribbon, c.1910, about 20 cm in width. $175
2.5 metres of satin damask ribbon, c.1910, about 20 cm in width. $175
Japanese painted leather wallet, 1920s The wallet came from a New England estate along with several very high end dresses from the same period. Our captivating wallet personifies the style of its owner: individual, brilliant, and impulsive. The leather wallet is embossed and painted with a fiery dragon. It is lined with printed navy/white cotton. The interior has two compartments, one with a fold over flap.
Japanese painted leather wallet, 1920s The wallet came from a New England estate along with several very high end dresses from the same period. Our captivating wallet personifies the style of its owner: individual, brilliant, and impulsive. The leather wallet is embossed and painted with a fiery dragon. It is lined with printed navy/white cotton. The interior has two compartments, one with a fold over flap.

 

I could go on about this website but I won’t or else I may be here all day….make sure you check it out! 

* You will note that I have categorised these as ethical products on my blog, and while the original provenance and production process of some of these items may not have been ethical and may have involved slave labour, the fact that you would be purchasing something pre-loved and very old means it’s (to my mind at least) now an ethical purchase. Happy shopping!

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