If you’ve been a Vintage Traveler reader for a while, you will recognize the little photo album above. It’s from the 1960s, made by a German company called KEK. The last time I looked, they were still in business, making a variety of things.
I also have that print in a larger album in a different colorway. Europe was just so cool in the early to mid Sixties!
I was doing my morning scroll through Instagram and came upon this photo. As you can see, it is pretty much the same print, but with less detail. As it turns out this print is on a dress that was sold by a UK clothing company called Joules. Since that company is only twenty-five years old, we know that the fabric is a reproduction of the original KEK print.
The dress is adorable, and is for sale on the Instagram account, @trexesandtiaras, which gave me permission to use the photos. If I were 20 and in the UK, I’d buy it.
It does bring up the question, yet again, of vintage prints being reproduced. As I’ve said before, I’m making no judgment on how this fabric got reproduced. As far as I know, the maker could have had KEK’s permission. Or it is equally possible that some fabric “designer” found one of the 1960’s albums, or worse yet, photos online, and merely copied the print. Well, it’s not an exact copy. Note that on the license plate a 7 was changed to 3.
Joules clothing was tagged in our discussion, so maybe they will shed some light on this fabric.
There have been many times when I’ve been confused over a fabric, not being able to decide if it is vintage or just a new product made to look vintage. The more I look at modern fabrics, the more I can see the difference. The modern reproduction is cute, but put side by side there is a great difference in the detailing. Still, I’d sure love to have a skirt of that fabric.