Don’t get too excited for me, because this is not my dress. It is in the shop of Guermantes Vintage. This is a fantastic dress, but it gets even better because there is also a great story attached.
It all started when Guermantes Vintage posted photos of the dress on Instagram. Jan always has the most incredible stuff, and so she has over 33,000 followers who stay tuned to see what her latest find happens to be. A day or so ago, one of the persons tuning in was @jupeculotte, who is fashion historian Caroline Rennolds Milbank. Guermantes posted the photo above, which @jupeculotte recognized as an Adrian dress she has examined in the collection of the Smithsonian. What makes this so fantastic is that Guermantes’s dress is missing its label, and so she did not know until Caroline commented on the photo that she actually had an Adrian dress.
Caroline then sent to Germantes the documentation on the dress she had photographed at the Smithsonian. Above you can see the photo of the Smithsonian’s dress, along with the card from the museum catalog. No doubt that this is the same model dress.
What is really interesting is that another person, Melissa of @meloovintage had this dress years ago, and it too was missing the label. Could it be that the labels were sewn in a spot that was uncomfortable for the wearer? Maybe the apprentice sewing in the labels did a poor job and they came loose and were lost?
And this is why I love Instagram.
With all the unpleasantness one encounters on the internet, it’s wonderful knowing that the fashion history and the vintage people seem to be in it for all the right reasons. Sharing knowledge in this way helps educate us all