Are we LYING about our dresses???

Discussion in 'The Powder Room' started by Amy Jeanne, May 11, 2010.

  1. Lusti Weather

    Lusti Weather One of the Regulars

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    "What’s it like being a midget with cone shaped breasts? Awesome?"

    Yes, actually, it is awesome. No lie, lady! Glad to see some other people here on board with me!
     
  2. crwritt

    crwritt One Too Many

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  3. Foofoogal

    Foofoogal Banned

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    Is it just me? I actually love the smell of mothballs. Reminds me of quilts, trunks and home..:)
     
  4. Amy Jeanne

    Amy Jeanne Call Me a Cab

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    I figured this would make a lot of you gals laugh. I think anger over nothing important in hilarious!! lol Gotta admit I sometimes get the same chuckle on certain threads here, too :eek: :D
     
  5. Paisley

    Paisley I'll Lock Up

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    Re: good cut or bad cut, doesn't it depend on whether it fits you? Most vintage doesn't fit me, so it's vintage-inspired for me.
     
  6. goldwyn girl

    goldwyn girl One Too Many

    Modern clothing does not fit me either so I guess I'm with you too !!
     
  7. AnniePancake

    AnniePancake Practically Family

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    what a ridiculous person.

    and i have to say yes i like the old musty smell, and walking into charity shops is like kind of the feeling you get when you walk into your own home after a holiday and it smells like home. it happens for me in blue banana too.

    and you know the thing she said about history - i like that it has a history that you DON'T KNOW cause i spend half my time wondering who had this dress and how much they saved up to buy it and how it got the tear in the arm and why they used orange thread to sew it back up again.


    etc etc etc ;)



    lovelovelove
    xxx
     
  8. Mojito

    Mojito One Too Many

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    I'd say the anger and bile are exagerated at the call of the editorial team for effect - doubt if she really feels *that* strongly about it. I had a chuckle because it was just so off.

    One thing that did strike me - the arguments she uses to try and rebutt the "every dress has a story". She assumes that this must mean the time the original owner wore it to a swinging party and fell in a fountain or something like that - a specific personal anecdote relating to past owners. That isn't necessarily what we mean. I love the social history of 1920s styles - what they reflect in terms of design history, the aesthetics of the age, what they reflect about women in society etc. Dresses evoke their era - hold up a beautiful beaded flapper dress, and you can almost hear the jazz band strike up. It captures an age the same way that music, film, art, or even a particular perfume can. If you have imagination and know the era, these dresses do have a story to tell, regardless of what you know of the original owner. Social history is an important factor in why I collect - recently I bought a hair switch in its original packaging. There's no way I'd wear it, but it ties in with the social history and tells a story - about a time when it was still controversial for women to bob their hair, and women liked to have a way of hiding it. Some dresses I never intend to wear, but rather collect instead as examples of a particular style or because they represent exquisite textile art.

    And textile art *is* often overlooked or not treated with respect. Yes, cheap and poorly cut textiles are out there from every era. That's where discernment comes into wearing vintage - "old" does not necessarily mean "good", but that's Vintage 101.

    And I do have a few dresses that I have specific provenance for - including one with a photo of the original owner wearing the gown c.1926.

    It doesn't take wearing vintage to be a snob. There *are* vintage snobs, just as there are brand snobs who sneer at anyone not wearing the latest label from this season, regardless of whether the garments are becoming or not. Fortunately, I have to say that most of the folks I know who love their vintage are lovely and enthusastic people...who wouldn't look down their noses at someone because their outfit was contemporary.

    If that's the dominant attitude with those she's hanging around with, then she needs to find herself new social circles.
     
  9. miserabelle

    miserabelle One of the Regulars

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    I can't get it to load at all! xx
     
  10. CherryWry

    CherryWry One of the Regulars

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    Hmmm... I have some lovely Honey Girl dress shields, guaranteed to keep the armpits of your dresses fresh and sweat-free. Not sure how old they are, though. Or how popular they were.
     
  11. Lillemor

    Lillemor One Too Many

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    Attention seeking, knee jerk nonesense.
     
  12. Miss 1929

    Miss 1929 My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    What a nasty piece of writing, not worth the pixels it's printed on.
     
  13. Bad Day + Anger Issues + Writer's Block = This Article. lol

    I do hate seeing things like this pop up, because *we* can laugh at it, but I can just picture some vintage newbie coming across this little blog post chock full of venom...
     
  14. Lillemor

    Lillemor One Too Many

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    My issue is more with people who already have some distorted pre-conceived ideas about vintage and this just gives them a few more cards on their side or so they think.
     
  15. BoPeep

    BoPeep Practically Family

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    :eusa_clap :eusa_clap Exactly!! This is part of the appeal of vintage for me as well. You can imagine what their lives were like, and that gives you a connection across time and humanity.
     
  16. Amy Jeanne

    Amy Jeanne Call Me a Cab

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    Personally, I *like* it that I don't know the exact history behind most of my vintage things. Like Mojito said, imagination is an awesome thing!

    And NONE of my dresses have cone-shaped boobies lol Oh, yea, that's right. There was a time BEFORE WW2 that most people don't bother to know about ;)

    But, yea this chick in this article = lol There's a grain of truth in it, though, I have to admit to it. Sorry :eek:
     
  17. cherry lips

    cherry lips Call Me a Cab

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    I agree with Amy! Just think of Seinfeld. Maybe I'm the only one here who thought so, but I thought the article was really funny! I enjoyed the midget remark, as well as
    "Sure, every piece of vintage clothing has a story. A story you don’t know. Because you just got that dress when you were killing time before going over to ironic-bowling-night or whatever the vintage-snob-hipsters are doing these days".
    I appreciate the marriage of venom and eloquence! Sure, the 5 Statements In Defense made more sense, but they weren't nearly as fun to read.
     
  18. Lauren

    Lauren Distinguished Service Award

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    I'm with you- this totally cracked me up. Especially if taken in a tounge-in-cheek, dry humor sort of way. I was actually loling- for realz. Ha. Just take it with a grain of salt- I have a suspicion this is aimed more at label sporting vintage snobs than the average vintage enthusiast. And if that still doesn't work- heck- more vintage for us, their loss ;)
     
  19. MaryMary

    MaryMary One of the Regulars

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    Maybe I take mt job as a social worker a little too seriously but...

    How do people get so mad about those sort of things?

    You know what gets me mad? When people who don't say thanks when you hold the door for them or misplacing my car keys for the 20th time in one morning...

    You know, REAL problems! :p
     
  20. Paisley

    Paisley I'll Lock Up

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    The thing is, a lot of FLers would be cheering if someone wrote a snarky article about jeans, tennis shoes and polyester pants. I'm a diehard lover of all three, and see a good deal of bashing of them at the FL. How much does it bother me? On a scale of 1 to 10, about 0. Maybe being 41 years old has something to do with it.
     

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