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.

Cx. 

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.

Cx. 

Pink is the love you discover. 

Welcome to today’s vintage fashion pick; from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing (link below *).

Summer 1950s Pink Eyelet Cotton Day Dress. The pattern of the eyelets includes embroidered vines and leaves. (Belt not included). Bust 40″ – 42″ Waist to 36″ Hips 47″. Priced at US$69.00 (approximately £54.00).

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* http://www.ballyhoovintage.com/product/38146.html

When is vintage not vintage? 

Although I shall admit to knowing very little about cars and, even less about them mechanically, I should like to start this blog post with reference to the words “veteran” and “vintage”.

A “veteran” car is an old style or model of car, specifically one made before 1919 or (strictly) before 1905…well that’s clear!

More clear is the definition of a “vintage” car as an old style or model of car, specifically one made between 1919 and 1930.

I’m hearing whisperings from the unruly bunch at the back of class that they thought that they had enrolled on a fashion course and not a lecture on motor mechanics.

So let me explain the automobile analogy! 

Exploring fashion in preparation for my daily vintage style fashion pick I often come across garments that represent designs as late as the 1990s being described as vintage.

Let’s look at representations of each decade in the 20th Century.

1990s…

Early 90’s Vintage Checked Pinafore Dress priced at £24.95 from The East End Thrift Store (https://m.marketplace.asos.com/listing/dresses/vintage-90s-checked-pinafore-dress/3276104).

1980s…

Vintage 80’s Denim Pencil Dress priced at £25.00 from LuckyGirlVintage (https://m.marketplace.asos.com/listing/dresses/vintage-80s-denim-pencil–dress/3280024).

1970s…


Fringed black and gold disco era late 1970s mini dress priced at £35.00 from Candy Says Vintage Clothing UK (https://www.candysays.co.uk/collections/new-in-vintage-products/products/fringed-black-and-gold-disco-era-late-1970s-mini-dress).

1960s…

Bell sleeved black lace and pleated cotton 1960s maxi dress priced at £65.00 from Candy Says Vintage Clothing UK (https://www.candysays.co.uk/collections/1960s/products/bell-sleeved-black-lace-and-pleated-cotton-1960s-maxi-dress).

1950s…

Fifties Spring Floral Dress priced at US$79.00 (approximately £62.00) from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing (http://www.ballyhoovintage.com/product/38125.html).

1940s,,,

1940s Sheer Print Dress priced at US$128.00 (approximately £100.00) from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing (http://www.ballyhoovintage.com/product/38129.html).

1930s…

1930s Vintage Style Tan Tulle Sleeved Long Dress priced at $252.00 (approximately £197.00) from Unique Vintage (http://www.unique-vintage.com/clothing/shop-by-era/1930s/1930s-vintage-style-tan-tulle-sleeved-long-dress.html).

1920s…

1920s Style Seafoam & Ivory Wilshire Flapper Day Dress priced at US$78.00 (approximately £61.00) from Unique Vintage (http://www.unique-vintage.com/clothing/shop-by-era/1930s/unique-vintage-1920s-style-seafoam-ivory-wilshire-flapper-day-dress.html).

1910s…

Hand-embroidered linen walking suit, 1910s priced at US$1,275.00 (approximately £995.00) from Vintage Textile (https://www.vintagetextile.com/new_page_380.htm).

1900s…

B. Altman French satin tea gown, c.1900 priced at US$1,400.00 (approximately £1,092.00) from Vintage Textile (https://www.vintagetextile.com/new_page_41.htm).

To return to the question posed as to the latest era that may be regarded as vintage.

The dictionary defines “vintage” as “…something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind”. Using this definition and interpreting it in the most strict of ways a item from “yesterday” could be described as vintage. I suggest that each individual will have their own interpretation of vintage without their interpretation coming under scrutiny.

To me I consider anything before I was born as vintage and hence the 1950s and earlier. Personally this nicely corresponds with my belief that 1950s fashion was the last era where “old-fashioned” elegance and glamour were the “norm”. The 1960s then brought a revolution in clothing. 

I would love to hear comments.

Thank you.

Cx. 

Wiggle just a little bit. 

Welcome to today’s vintage fashion pick.

From http://www.ballyhoovintage.com (link below *).


Late 1950s Wiggle Dress in pink linen; by the Hollywood designer Peggy Hunt, and featuring an appliqué ribbon effect in pale green. The fitted bodice with princess seam construction has a narrow piping transition to the straight pencil skirt. The pale green ribbon illusion functions as a layering detail at the hem. The dress has a zipper down the back. Bust 38″ Waist 29″ Hips 38″ Bodice length 16.5″ Skirt length 24″. Priced at US$149.00 (approximately £116.00)

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* http://www.ballyhoovintage.com/product/58172.html

In the pastel shades of sunlight I have wandered.

Welcome to today’s fashion pick and a 1950s vintage dress from http://www.melamela.co.uk (link below). 

1950s Vintage Dress Pink and Blue Pastel Strapless with Jacket (30″ Bust 24″ Waist Length Neck to Hem 36″) made from a soft cotton fabric with a pink and blue pastel floral pattern. The strapless sundress has a boned bodice and fastens at the back with a metal zipper. It is fitted at the bust and waist and flared over the hips. The bolero style jacket has short sleeves and ties at the waist. Priced at £125.00.

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* http://www.melamela.co.uk/1950s-vintage-dress-pink-blue-pastel-strapless-jacket.html#.WTHY2IXTWEc

What we are, is what we are, and what we wear is vintage clothes. 

Welcome to today’s fashion pick in which I have selected a vintage item from http://www.ballyhoovintage.com (link below). 

1950s Vintage Wiggle Sheath Dress in white rayon with a linen finish and featuring two slit reach in pockets on the hip that have black piping and appliqué leaf accents. The round scoop neck is also trimmed in black piping and the dress is fastened with a zipper down the back. Bust 34″ Waist 26-27″ Hips 36-37″ Length43″. Priced at US$115.00 (approximately £88.50).

Cx.

* http://www.ballyhoovintage.com/product/57804.html