I saw polka dots and moonbeams.

Welcome to today’s vintage style blog post.

From http://www.starletvintage.co.uk (link below *).

Voodoo Vixen Green Polka Dot 1950s Style Selena Pencil Dress featuring stretch fabric taffeta that adds a formal edge and curve supporting fit, concealed zip fastening for ease of fitting and a low cut wrap bust. The dress sits just above the knee and measures 30 inches (75cm) from underarm to hem. Priced from £24.99.


* http://www.starletvintage.co.uk/vv-2496-grn-voodoo-vixen-green-polka-dot-1950s-dress.html

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A little swing can do more than anything else for you.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From http://www.dollyanddotty.co.uk (link below *).

Mildred High Waist Swing Skirt in Off-White plain print with pocket pleats, a high waistband and a long, concealed zip down the middle of the back. Fully lined with soft rayon. Priced at £34.99.


* https://www.dollyanddotty.co.uk/mildred-high-waist-swing-skirt-in-off-white

Aloha ia Hawaii.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick in which we keep the summer theme going whilst enjoying the Hawaiian sun.

From http://www.missbamboo.co.uk (link below *).

1940s Hawaiian sarong with oriental bolero – Lotus flower. Miss Bamboo’s 1940s/50’s Hawaiian sarong dress with a sarong style wrap around skirt, side tie, gathered bust and halter straps. It has a side zip and the bodice is boned at the back so it sits nicely on the body. Comes with matching oriental style bolero with mandarin collar complete with frogclasp. Shown here in a tropical print of lotus flower, monsters leaf and ferns on a dark red background. 100% cotton from Hawaii. This dress is made from a vintage pattern in the U.K. Limited edition. Priced at £78.00.

* http://www.missbamboo.co.uk/1940s-hawaiian-sarong-with-oriental-bolero-lotus-flower-c2x22503206

The Lux Look.

Thank you for reading my latest blog post in which I shall offer myself as “Miss Fisher” and “investigate” a vintage advert presented to me by @b8eak by way of an intriguing tweet. A tweet that suggested that the following vintage advertisement is from the 1940s.

A timeframe that I questioned as the advertisement says that “Lux helps stockings to retain their elasticity…”. 

In the 1940s stockings were (if available) manufactured from Nylon that has no elasticity; as any of us that wear 100% Nylon stockings nowadays are able to confirm.

So let us start with a history of hosiery during the first half of the 20th Century.

Stockings first emerged as a fashion accessory in the 1920s as the “flapper” styles of the time exposed the calves; with shorter dressses, ranging in length from mid-calf to just below the knee. 

Stockings of the era were made from silk, wool, cotton or rayon…a synthetic material.

Moving forward to the 1930s hosiery thoughts would turn first to silk stockings, although stockings could also be selected with a wool content; including a combination of wool and Rayon or wool and silk.

Silk stockings were replaced by the man made synthetic fibre Nylon in 1939 by DuPont; although supply of hosiery was interrupted during the World War II years. 

Nylon, like its predecessors of silk and Rayon (sometimes referred to as artificial silk) has no elasticity. It was not until the invention of Lycra in the late 1950s; and its subsequent introduction into hosiery, that we see stretch stockings with which we are familiar today. 

Returning to the advertisement and clues as to its date.

The spellings indicate of British origin and interestingly state that “…now that Lux is unrationed…”. Obviously post World War II with rationing of soap products continuing from 1942 to 1950…with each person receiving four soap coupons per month to meet their cleaning needs. 

The reference to “”Moonlight Becomes You” connects with the 1940s and the Paramount Pictures release Road to Morocco (1942). The reference to sketches in Paris Harambure may refer to P d’Harambure who; apparently, operated as a photographer during the 1950s.

I am finding much to challenge me but I would unreservedly suggest that the advertisement cannot be 1940s as soap rationing would still have been in place at the time.

I further support my position that Nylon stockings; that have no elasticity, were the hosiery of choice at the time as women chose to  “regain” their “femininity” after the austerity of World War II.

An interesting advertisement with much remaining unanswered.

I would love to hear comments that either support my conclusion or prove it as being inaccurate.


Introducing Rebecca Dodman. 

I am pleased to be able to feature in my latest collaborative blog post a chat with Rebecca Dodman; a part time model who, like @Rations2R_n_R, has a particular enthusiasm for vintage style fashion.

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C) Hello Rebecca. Thank you for talking to @Rations2R_n_R. Nothing pleases me more than the opportunity to introduce those starting out on their chosen journey. Please tell our followers a little about you.

Rebecca @rebecca_kdodman (R) I am hoping to start university next year as a film student focusing on old Hollywood and Weimar German cinema. I love going to WW2/vintage events in the summer; taking part as a reenactor, as I love the vintage lifestyle and culture around these events.

(C) You are a part time model. Please tell us about Rebecca; the model, including the shoot styles that you are looking for.

(R) As a model I love to indulge more in my vintage wardrobe and am starting to get into telling stories through the photos. I love doing lifestyle and portrait shots as well as fashion.

(C) Your Twitter profile @rebecca_kdodman indicates that you are a vintage model for Primm Rose Clothing. We would love to know more.

(R) Primm Rose Clothing is where I really started modelling at a more professional standard, they are a vintage retro clothing line handmade to great quality! About a month ago they held a competition looking for a new model to showcase new clothes they are bringing out this summer. I applied really thinking it would be fun to have a go and see what happens, so I wasn’t really determined to win as I thought it would just be quite fun to apply. When I won it was a great shock and I was full of excitement!! This was a whole new experience travelling down to Blackpool and having all these clothes custom made to my fit. Before this I did 1940s modelling at reenactments and events, so it wasn’t too scary, and a great deal of fun finding props to pose with; taking some fun shots as well as serious. This all has really made me want to do more fashion shoots and portrait shots as I had only really done lifestyle before.

(C) I am intrigued about your reference to vintage and pin up work. Please tell our followers the reasons that you particularly favour these styles.

(R) I have always loved history from as far back as I can remember! Not only at primary school did we have Egyptian and Victorian days dressing up but my mum’s cousins really live an amazing vintage life. They are who got me into going to 1940s events, although not many my age are as in love with it all as I am. However the clothing style of the 40s and 50s is very elegant, feminine and yet powerful… especially through World War Two. 

(C) What, or who, encouraged you to seek modelling work?

(R) I don’t believe it was any one person; but again at many historic events of the war and 1940s era I was one of the few younger women there, so many photography clubs who attended would ask for photographs and I really took a liking to it and wanted to do more. 

(C) Which female figures do you most admire and why?

(R) I most admire Audrey Hepburn as she came from a tough background and was then put into the spotlight quite suddenly, and still remained cheerful and kind spirited with her head high. That is what I aspire to be like and know my own mind like her. I also funnily admire Queen Elizabeth I as she was so strong and a powerful figure in British history. She managed to stay collected throughout her reign and the challenges that she faced.

(C) Please tell our followers about your professional aspirations.

(R) my professional aspirations are to do something relating to film and history! As I want to do something I love whether it be a film critic or carry on doing some modelling. As long as I enjoy what I do! 

(C) How may you be contacted for modelling assignments?

(R) i can be contacted by the email: rebeccakdodman@gmail.com. 

Thank you again for taking the time to talk with me. You have provided wonderful answers and I wish you every success for the future.

Further information about Rebecca may also be found at https://purpleport.com/portfolio/rebeccakd.


Summer loving happened so fast. 

With the weather showing no sign of deteriorating I thought that in today’s vintage style fashion pick I should again feature swimwear.

From For Luna Swimwear (link below *).

1950s Style Floral Swimdress in a black and red hisbicus pattern. The swim dress provides firm tummy control and skims the thighs to create a glamorous silhouette. Featuring an internal body suit, sturdy under bust support band and soft shaped foam cups with no wires. Supports up to a G+ cup. Priced at £76.00.


* https://www.forluna.co.uk/products/1950s-style-black-and-red-floral-swimdress.

Suits you Sir! 

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick and one where I, in celebration of Fathers Day and a one off, have selected men’s fashion.

From Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing (link below *).

Single Breasted 3 piece suit made by an ex Hollywood costume tailor in 1950. Single breasted jacket with two button front, half lined in copper satin, slit pockets, and ventless back. The double pleated trousers have western style pocket flaps. Fits a man with a chest measurement of 42″ Shoulders 19″ Outside sleeve 23″ and can be let out 1.5″, Jacket length 30.5″ Waist 32″ Inseam 29″ Rise 13″. Priced at $185.00 (approximately £144.00).

* http://www.ballyhoovintage.com/product/33221.html