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Sweet 1950s Dresses Made in Candy Box Denims


Back in 1954 a textile company named Forge Mills created a very unique novelty denim fabric in different textured patterns  that they referred to as “Velva-printed” .  Various newspaper articles described  it  as “flocked” or “chenilled” .   No matter what it was called, from the ad below, it sure looks like it  made for a fabulous  dress!  The Bloomfield Company of Ohio  designed these dresses and called them “Candy Box Denims”.  A sweet name for a sweet 50s dress. The dresses could be purchased in different patterns of jelly bean, lollipop, gumdrop and caramel daisy.  I’d  like one of each please!!

Bloomfield Jr  Candy Box Denims dresses 1954 Glamour Magazine

Bloomfield Jr Candy Box Denims dresses 1954 Glamour Magazine

Has anyone ever seen fabric like this?  I wonder if  there is anything like this  made today.

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China Inspired Vintage Fashions


There's been a lot of asian influenced fashions on the catwalks lately,  reflecting the world's increasing focus on China, especially because of the Beijing olympics.  It's not so unusual,  since the mystique of far east cultures has always held a fascination with the west. China is famous for its beautiful silk brocades, embroidery and exquisite tailoring. And designers have incorporated traditional oriental silhouettes, motifs, beading and textiles and into their clothing as far back as the early 1900's.

Below are some lovely examples of vintage Chinese and Asian inspired fashions I found on the internet recently.

An 80's bright yellow geometric print silk dress by Sue Wong. In China the color yellow represents royalty and respect.
Offered by Figure 8 Studios.

Sue wong

1920's Silk Chinese Art Deco embroidered blouse from Robin Clayton Vintage

Art deco blouse

Stunning cheongsam style 50's vintage dress with mandarin collar for sale at Hooked on Vintage

Asian dress

60s/70s Turquoise and hot pink beaded dragon gown and matching coat from Midnight Glamour

Aqua asian dress set

1920's Black and red beaded chinese motif dress offered at Past Perfect Vintage


Hand embroidered Chinese silk shawl circa 1900 from Vintage Textile

Chinese shawl

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October Charles Whitaker Clothing and Textile Auction


Just got my latest announcement for the next Charles Whitaker auction on October 26 & 27. So, of course,I had to rush to the computer to check out their online catalog . I always enjoy looking at all the beautiful things, even if I can’t bid on most of it!

Beside the  collections  of French, English, Asian and African textiles, 19th century doll collection and Fortuny fabric, there is also a nice selection of designer vintage being auctioned, including clothing and accessories by Hermes, Chanel, Versace, Moschino, Bill Blass, YSL, Pauline Trigere, Scassi , Emilio Pucci and many others.

Here’s just a small sampling of the numerous items that I put on my wish list!


1. 1962 debuntane ball gown  2. Embroidered lace tea gown from 1905  3. Betsey Johnson Paraphenalia 60s silver mini dress 4. 2 pairs of fab 70s platform shoes 5. Teal Traina 60’s sequined party dress  6. 1940’s beautifully beaded suit  7. 1920s Fortuny Delphos gown  8. 1930’s carnival glass and bakelite purse

And if there’s something you feel you must have, but can’t be in New Hope, Pennsylvania for the auction, you can always fill out one of their absentee bidder forms that are listed on their site.

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Upcoming Sturbridge Vintage Clothing Show


It’s time for another Vintage Fashion and Textile Show , scheduled for Monday, July 9 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts at the Sturbridge Host Hotel .   The show is held on the same week as the famous Brimfield Antique Show , which happens just a few miles down the road.   

Having these two shows on the same week make it a vintage collectors’ heaven.   The textile show has hundreds of dealers offering an amazing selection of top quality vintage clothing and decorator fabrics and the antique show has thousands of dealers selling every kind of antique and collectible imaginable. You literally cannot shop the whole thing in one day. 

So if you love all things vintage or antique,  and you’re going to be anywhere near western Massachusetts next week, this is the place to be.  Oh, and brings lots and lots of cash because there’s sure to be too much stuff you’ll have to have!   

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