Becki Jane, a local facebook fan of AlexSandra’s Vintage Emporium contacted me earlier this year asking if I would be interested in purchasing her Mother Julie’s wedding dress. Julie was married in 1960 and her dress bears the International Ladies Garment Worker’s Union label that dates to the 1955-1963 period, further verifying Becki Jane’s story. I’m always happy to have a look at garments available for sale and this dress was no let down. Taffeta lined cupcake dress features a Chantilly lace bodice with pointed hem sleeves and a long lace peplum over layers and layers of tulle.
People frequently ask where I get my inventory, and while the short answer is often, “From dead people” my favorite way to do it is to obtain clothing and accessories from the original owners or most often, from their daughters. I think being a Mother/Daughter business draws daughters to us as Mother Dear and I lovingly launder, repair and find new homes for their own beloved Mother’s things. The added bonus is getting the provenance and stories of these garments straight from the source. Becki Jane was kind enough to share a photo of her Mother wearing this wedding dress.
This dress clearly embodies the Camelot Era of the very early 1960s. I like the charming bridesmaids and the lone junior bridesmaid’s dresses featuring lightly gathered skirts with Chantilly lace peplums that were clearly inspired by the brides gown topped with simple high necked sleeveless bodices. I’m fairly certain that the bridemaids are wearing large taffeta bows in their hair much like the ones later popularized by Sally Rogers on the Dick Van Dyke Show. One of the bridesmaids is sporting my own Mother Dear’s 1960s prom hairdo as seen here.
The bodice of Julie’s wedding dress is rather unusual. While the taffeta lining is cut in a sweetheart shape as were many dresses of the period, I have never seen one that features a lace overlay that curves UP. A sprinkling of aurora borealis sequins eliminates the need of a necklace, though that didn’t stop us from wrapping a choker from the 1930s (available here) around Tara’s neck.
Enjoy these photos of the dress and visit the Etsy listing for more details. Remember, it takes an awfully long time to properly set up vintage wedding dress shots.