Saturday, December 10

Friday Frock- An Amazing Find



Do you love this dress?
OR DO YOU LOVE THIS DRESS???

You won't be surprised if I tell you I love it, will you?
You know me better than that by now, I'm sure.

But the story of how I acquired it is really quite something, even for me.


there she goes with those elbows again

So- while driving around Desirees neighbourhood a couple of weeks ago on my way to pick up some furniture, I couldn't help but notice there was lots of stuff out on the kerbs.

So I did what any self-respecting vintage seller does, and picked up some free stuff.

Amongst my scores were a few random garbage bags and cases.

Humour me for a moment, and picture the scene; van pulled over with the engine running, sweat pouring off me in the blistering humidity, bored child on board, curtains doing a mixture of quick darty movements and slow-but-stealthy-so-she-won't-see-me things...suffice to say, I made a pretty quick job of getting in and out and getting the van loaded up.

Included in one of the cases, amongst other things (which included, umm, enough BNWT Collette Dinnigan lingerie to open a shop with, wigs, boots, and some genuinely bizarre costumes), was this dress!


You could have knocked me over with a feather when I pulled it out...I think I actually had to pat my chest with the excitement!

Handmade, 1950s, fine cotton, fully lined, and a perfect fit... see, there IS a God...and He must have seen me coming!

Either that, or Desiree has been sprinkling her magic around, because I found this fabulous dress less than 2 blocks from her house...

27 comments:

sacramento said...

i LOVE IT, AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Best dress ever, and you look sooooooooooo gorgeous in it.
I want to go shopping with you soon.
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VintageBirdGirl said...

Now that is an amazing dress with such a story to tell. I can't believe you found that on the side of the road. Wonders never cease!

Vintage Christine said...

Ah, we don't have curbs out here in the country and god only knows what's in people's garbage! Certainly not an amazing dress like that--it's gorgeous and utterly fab on you!!!

Vintage Sweetheart said...

Luckiest find ever! How could anybody throw that beauty out?? It fits you nicely too what a treat. There is only ever junk in our rubbish collections :(

My Vintage Vow said...

My goodness that is totally insane, what a magical find.

SusieQT said...

Funny- the person who threw that out is probably wearing sweatpants and Uggs instead!

DearHelenHartman said...

Gasp! Beautiful dress and a perfect fit. It was meant to be. You look so good that you could literally just pull a dress out of the bin and look fabulous.

Miss Emmi said...

Wow, hot mama! I can't imagine anybody throwing so much stuff out unless they were super rich or just didn't care - which sadly makes me think that as a result of either death or divorce somebody's possessions were thrown away so that the remaining inhabitants wouldn't have to look at it anymore? Sad but it's the most likely reason I could think of...

pastcaring said...

That dress is magnificent, and what a great story! Please show us what other fabulousness you found. I dream of a chance encounter with vintage gold dust like that... never happens to me though!
I love the whole outfit, you look fit for the set of My Fair Lady in that wonderful hat!
Have a great weekend! xxxxxxx

the Citizen Rosebud said...

What an incredible find! And an incredible way to find it! I love serendipity and the way it works. This dress looks made for you! Now I wanna see the fancy lingerie!

polkadotpeticoat said...

Finds like this can keep our hearts soaring for days......

La Dama said...

OMG!!! You look bellizima amor!I adorar your big ass hat.
What a grand find! how could anybody thrown this dress out? let me at that lingerie, want to see you modeling for us you have the perfect figure.
lucky biatch!
Besitos

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Omg, Kitty, that is one amazing story and one amazing dress.

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

I can only second what everyone else has said, open-mouthed! What an amazing find. We have none of this 'hard rubbish' tradition and I've seen amazing bits of furniture bloggers have found on the kerb, but never a suitcase containing such a fabulous vintage dress. It's really a beauty and looks amazing with those black accessories. Wish you well to wear it, as my Jewish in-laws would say x

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Ok, I may have over-used 'amazing' in that last comment! It is though ;-)

Louise said...

How surreal! Never look a gift horse in the mouth though, that is a beautiful frock. X

Helga! said...

O my fecking gawd indeed! Kitty,it's sublime!!! FARK! What a splendid score!!! The Goddess of Frocks smiled upon you!!!It's the kind of thing we generally only dream about!!!
I love it!You look so gorgeous and sexy in it!EEEEEEEEK!
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O,what else did you find?!

Kat said...

That is gorgeous! I love the colour and the border on the hem. Stunning!!!

Vix said...

I love that dress on you, what a fab find. I've kitted my house out from stuff people have chucked into skips outside their houses, thank goodness for wasteful folk. xxx

Vintage Coconut said...

I can't believe someone would throw that out!! Dear LORD it is so sweet.
You look great and I love that hat too.

wardrobeexperience said...

i want your dress!!! if i could i would steel it... ;)

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delia hornbook said...

Wow someone was looking down on you that day your dress is stunning and it looks gorgeous on you. I love the hat and the gloves with it to. dee xx

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Haha!!!! The magic was waiting for you baby and I am SO frickin' relieved you scored - you have NO idea!!!! I was right up to my neck in carer-mode and couldn't even stop for a snifter this year. The frock is bloody gorgeous on you and I LOVE it with your hat - thank god those amazing goodies didn't get carted off by the bin men - I think I would be physically sick if they had!!! xoxoxoxo

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Rosemary the Shopper said...

The dress is nice, but I LOVE the hat. Just what I need!

pinktutu72 said...

I'm almost speechless ALMOST! Holy pink awesomedress!! It's gorgeous like REALLY I love it and that hat is the bees knees!!

khristie B said...

I always feel guilty slowing down at curbside drop offs, but damn it, I am now stopping, how amazing is that dress. And to think it was probably headed for the dump.