I was cleaning up my photo files yesterday and, looking at the thousands of pictures we took this year, brought back some fond memories of the many vintage dresses that have passed through my hands and gone to live in new homes. Here, in no particular order, are my Couture Allure favorites of 2012.
Which is your favorite?
Side note: Due to a huge increase in the number of spam comments from Asian manufacturers of garbage garments this blog receives, I have been forced to close comments to those of you who are members of the blog. If the spam continues, I will have to close comments completely for a while.
I've spent the last month preparing lots of vintage dresses for spring that will go live on the website while I'm away, but my assistant will only be shipping once a week (usually on Mondays) from December 28 through February 6.
During that time, blog posts will be erratic. I'll try to keep you posted about my adventures, but I can't guarantee that I'll have time or computer access every day. I'll be posting updates and photos on the Facebook Fan page as I can. See you in February!
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New this week at Couture Allure are the earliest hints of all the wonderful vintage dresses we'll be bringing you this spring. I also listed some wonderful vintage scarves! Be sure to check our What's New page to see all the latest listings.
|Very early 1960s red prom or party dress by Mike Benet|
|1990s Valentino silk dress|
|1960s orange abstract silk flared skirt dress|
|1960s op art print dress with pleat skirt|
|1950s cotton circle skirt dress|
|1950s cotton paisley day dress|
|1960s Christian Dior silk scarf|
|Dress by Pat Premo, 1956.|
|1980s 50s style cotton full skirt dress.|
|1960s orange silk dress|
|Sneak peek at pretty prints coming in January|
|Sneak peek at 1950s cotton dresses coming soon!|
Kristel before. Here she is dressed for a holiday party in a fabulous vintage dress she purchased from Couture Allure. The dress is a pretty shade of olive-y green that works beautifully with Kristel's auburn hair. The brocade has gold threads woven in for a bit of sparkle.
|1960s cocktail dress from Couture Allure|
Two years ago, I posted on this blog about "The Issue of Dry Cleaning." In that post, I explained to you why Couture Allure had all garments dry cleaned before listing them on the site. I also shared with you information on how to find your own dry cleaner for your vintage garments. Sadly, I now must tell you that I have stopped using my favorite dry cleaner for the vintage garments we sell at Couture Allure. Here's why:
- Over this past summer, my dry cleaner was closed for a couple of weeks while they installed all new machinery at their location. The owner told me that he was doing so to comply with new and stricter laws and that their new machines would clean with an environmentally safer method. Here in Massachusetts, all dry cleaners that share building space with residential apartments and certain other types of businesses must stop using perchloroethylene (perc for short) by 2023. Perc is a known carcinogen and is hazardous to the environment and ground water supplies. Since my dry cleaner shares building space with residential apartments and a pre-school, he decided to make the switch earlier than required. Honestly, I admire him for doing so.
- I continued to use my dry cleaner for all garments listed on the site through the fall of 2012. But after the new machines were installed, I found that the new environmentally safe cleaning method was not as effective at removing stains and odors as the perc had been. I had to send several garments back for a second cleaning and had to remove some stains myself. I became more and more frustrated, and have finally had to make the difficult decision to stop using his services due to the less than satisfactory results.
- During those months of frustration, I began to teach myself which garments could be hand washed safely and which could not. I nearly cried when a couple of beautiful cocktail dresses were lost during those experiments, but I learned a lot in the process. I have also invested in a professional quality steam chamber for those items that cannot be hand washed.
What does this mean for you? Most garments sold at Couture Allure will no longer be sent out to be professionally dry cleaned. Many of the garments we sell will be hand washed and pressed. Those garments will be wearable right out of the box, as you have come to expect. Non-washable items are put through a 45-minute cycle in a steam chamber here in our offices, which freshens the fabric and removes odors and wrinkles. If you choose to do so, you may opt to have your item professionally dry cleaned before wearing. When required, we will send certain garments out to be dry cleaned with an environmentally safe method. Any garment not cleaned prior to selling will be clearly listed as such on the site.
There will still be some garments that must go to the dry cleaners and we'll be sure to do so when needed. At the same time, I'm very happy with the results we're getting with our in-house cleaning and I hope you will be too!
Couture Allure. Simply enter coupon code "holiday" at checkout and the discount will automatically be deducted. Ends Friday, December 14! Discount not valid on prior purchases, gift certificates or shipping costs. Happy Holidays!
This image from 1966 made quite an impression on my Facebook fan page yesterday. Everyone fell in love with these shoes! What strikes me is how wearable and comfortable these shoes look. There's not a 5" spike heel or a platform in site. You could actually wear these shoes to a party and stand up all night! From left to right the shoes are by Christian Dior, Charles Jourdan, Charles Jourdan, and Roger Vivier. Would you wear them?