I’m in the process of organizing and making good digital copies of my photograph collection. Actually, I’m waiting for a big snowstorm that will force me to actually stay at home and accomplish the task, but that’s another story. Anyway, I have been reviewing and categorizing each photo, and when I came to this one, I did a bit of a double-take. Mrs. Stock’s dress looked very familiar. Then it hit me. I have that dress.
The dress is a rayon print with travel tags: Paris, Salzburg, Marrakesh, Edinburgh, and Venice.
It’s 1950s in every way possible, from the pink and olive green used in the print, to the fonts of the words, to the line drawings. And the design of the dress – actually a skirt and blouse – is also typical of the 1950s.
My dress has no label, but it was commercially made. I’ve seen the print in another colorway, and in a different type garment – a much fuller skirt. That’s not uncommon, as a fabric design was often not only used by more than one company, and it might have been offered to home dressmakers as well.
Here’s a closer look at Mrs. Stock and her dress. I love that we can see how she accessorized the dress, with her pearls, bracelet, and especially, the belt. It’s the only piece that does not match!