This super nice vintage shirt dress, dating to the late 1940s or early 1950s, features cuffed short sleeves, a pleat at the front of each shoulder, a self-fabric collar, V-neck, and matching fabric belt.It has a full center front closure with 14 buttons and a hook and eye at the waist.Slip: Collecting means different things to different people…Not only does everyone have a unique reason for collecting, a different aesthetic, and, therefore, a collection specialized to their own tastes, but when it comes to vintage garments, many of us also wear what we collect — or, in cases of the talented, like Layla, use the pieces as inspiration for our fashion designs.
Like Macklemore, we repurpose, we mash up, we grab things off the sale rack and try it on for size.” Trebay is referring, of course, to the Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the music video that celebrates secondhand culture.
Maybe it’s the New Year’s Eve champagne talking, but I must admit that I feel somewhat hopeful about the direction discussions about fashion and clothing production have taken this past year. Here are some stories from 2013 that have given me reason to hope that the fashion industry and our own patterns of consumption are changing as we head into 2014. w=300&h=147" data-large-file="https://sociallife2ndhandclothes.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/screen-shot-2013-12-30-at-3-17-43-pm.png? w=500" class="size-medium wp-image-898 " title="Pie chart of country-of-origin of my students' clothing" alt="Pie chart of country-of-origin of my students' clothing" src="https://sociallife2ndhandclothes.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/screen-shot-2013-12-30-at-3-17-43-pm.png?
There we find all the stuff for assembling the “curated” selves who experts say are the new American trendsetters, D. In the process they rediscovered the durable qualities of Made in U. Pie chart of country-of-origin of my students’ clothing " data-medium-file="https://sociallife2ndhandclothes.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/screen-shot-2013-12-30-at-3-17-43-pm.png?
In fact, many of us do not even call ourselves “collectors” — we’re just vintage fashion lovers!
Layla: What you are looking for in vintage clothing depends on your purpose.