Category: Vintage Fashion

The Vintage Easter Roundup Part 2

Happy Easter Friends!

For today’s post I’m going to carry on the theme I started last year, with a roundup of all things that fall under the category, “Vintage Easter”. This will include photos,ads, kitschy vintage Easter items for sale and anything else I can find. Of course it’s all from the 1920’s to the 1950’s.

Okay friends let’s begin the Easter fun!

Easter Egg Race Winners 1950s Quebec vintage image
Easter egg race winners, Gatineau Park, Quebec, 1957 Source: Tumblr

Yummy Easter Egg Cake with Recipe (1953). Main ingredients: Swans Down Yellow Cake Mix and Baker’s Unsweetened Chocolate. If any of my readers end up making this cake please let me know how it was!

1953 Easter Egg cake recipe vintage advertising
Source: Tumblr

Easter Sunday, 1950.

John W. Mosley - Easter Sunday, c. 1950 vintage image of a black woman all dressed up
Source: Tumblr

Blog Post by the Vintage Inn: Let’s do the Bunny Hop!

The Bunny Hop history by the vintageinn blog

“Then the Easter Eggs danced.” Easter Party held by Glen Taylor School, Walnut Creek, California in 1949 via Life Magazine.

1940s vintage easter egg hunt as seen in life magazine
Source: Retro Musings

“Mr. Bunny Paints the Eggs” -Vintage 1940s Children’s Book by Lee Maril Illustrated by Irena Lorentowicz.

Mr. Bunny Paints the Eggs Vintage 1940s Children's Book by Lee Maril Illustrated by Irena Lorentowicz
Source: Etsy
Mr. Bunny Paints the Eggs Vintage 1940s Children's Book by Lee Maril Illustrated by Irena Lorentowicz
Source: Etsy

Washington, D.C. “Easter Sunday, 1925.”

Washington, D.C. Easter Sunday, 1925. National Photo Co
Source: National Photo Co

Milky Ways…my favourite!

1950s chocolate vintage easter advertising
Source: Pinterest

In London, the Easter eggs are bigger (1936).

Easter Shopping in London 1936 vintage photo of 2 girls with car
Source: Tumblr

Easter egg colouring kit, 1940s.

Vintage Easter Egg Colouring Kit 1940
Source: Found in Mom’s Basement

American Greeting Cards Ad 1949 (Easter).

American Greeting Cards Ad 1949 (Easter)
Source: Pinterest

Video of the famous NYC Easter Parade (1950).

Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in the 1948, Easter Parade Musical (one of my favs!).

Easter in Chicago, 1941 (Those shoes!!!!).

Easter Parade Chicago 1941 vintage image
Source: get bent

Easter Favourites…Chocolate! What is your fav treat during this time of the year? Share in the comments below.

late 1930s early 1940s chocolate advertisement vintage
Source: Found in my mom’s basement

 

Once again, Happy Easter! I hope you all have a lovely weekend doing whatever you traditionally (or not so traditonally do). I’m off to see the families, so lots of driving all over Ontario. Good thing I will have all that chocolate to keep my energy up.

Take care everyone!

Liz

 

 

The Fashions of Christian Dior 1947-1957

Opening this weekend in Toronto at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is the ‘Christian Dior Exhibition‘ and this Vintage Gal is biting at the bit to see it. I know it’s going to be an incredible exhibit with some of the most stunning dresses in the world.

Christian Dior Exhibit at ROM Toronto

Vintage Dior is dreamy and of course historical because Christian Dior was the one who broke the wartime rigid mold of women’s fashion (mostly due to the rationing of fabric) and created the “New Look” in 1947. This look was filled with tight-fitting jackets with padded hips, petite waists, A-line skirts, and lots of use of fabric (as seen below). Quite a change from the previous decades of fashion and this look (plus extensions of this style) would go on to dominate the fashion world for several years.

dior New Look

“It’s quite a revolution, dear Christian! Your dresses have such a new look!” Carmel Snow, the former editor-in-chief of the American edition of “Harper’s Bazaar,” said these words after Dior’s debut fashion show in Paris, on February 12, 1947 (Source).

For today’s post I want to take a walk down memory lane of some of the most beautiful vintage dresses the house of Dior created between 1947-57. I have also included a video of a fashion show, vintage ads/covers and even dresses you can buy today (if you have the money).

Dior New Look vintage modeling image

“Cherie” (Spring/Summer 1947) exemplifies the “New Look” in all its salient elements: sloped shoulder, raised bustline, narrowed waist, and a monumental volume of skirt falling away from a padded hip line to below the calf (Source).

Dior New Look 1947 1948 vintage dress
Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art

One of the biggest fans of the Dior New Look was Princess Margaret, seen below in a stunning dress (lots of fabric used in this dress).

Princess Margaret in Dior 1950s
Source: Frock Advisor

1949-1950.

Christian Dior 1949 1950 dress
Source: The Lady and Him

Jean Patchett modeling Dior, 1951.

Jean Patchett modeling Dior, 1951
Source: Pinterest

Cygne Noir Dress 1949-50 from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Christian Dior 1949 Dress From Victoria and Albert Musuem
Source: The Red List

Christian Dior with model Dorothy Emms, 1952.

Christian Dior with model Dorothy Emms, 1952
Source: Another Mag

This image of a model wearing a gray Dior suit outside the Louvre Metro station was photographed by Mark Shaw in Paris in 1957 for LIFE magazine.

Christian dior 1957 vintage image
Source: The Red List

Christian Dior with models, c.1950.

Christian Dior with models, c.1950
Source: Another Mag

UK Vogue 1953 Magazine Advertisement Dior Evening Gown Sold at Harrods London.

UK Vogue 1953 Magazine Advertisement CHRISTIAN DIOR Evening Gown Sold at Harrods London
Source: Pinterest

Dior 1952.

Christian Dior 1952 vintage ad
Source: Pinterest

Dresses for Sale:

Couture Dior 1950s Silk Taffeta and Lace Ballgown. Price available upon request.

Couture Dior 1950s Silk Taffeta and Lace Ballgown
Source: 1stdibs

1950s Christian Dior Dress / 50s Navy Blue Lace New look Dress. Listed for $1800 cdn on etsy.

1950s Christian Dior Dress 50s Navy Blue Lace New look Dress
Source: Etsy

This is an incredible numbered Christian Dior from the 1950s. At the time of this post, it was also for sale on 1stdibs for $2,000 cdn.

1950s New Look Christian Dior Gold Silk Bow Dress
Source: 1stdibs

Christian Dior 1956 haute couture numbered off white silk Femme Fleur look ball gown Wedding Made in France. Listed for $45,000 cdn. Here is the dress and the image from a promotional ad (I love when you find the matching original image).

Christian Dior 1956 haute couture numbered off white silk Femme Fleur look ball gown Wedding Made in France
Source: Etsy
1956 Christian Dior
Source: Etsy

Dior on video:

I hope you enjoyed the beauty that is early Dior and if you are in Toronto or visiting Toronto between now and March 2018 make sure you check out the exhibit.

Question Time: Do you have a favorite outfit featured above? If so share in the comments below!

Liz 🙂