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This dress is lovely. Slightly see-through. But lovely.

I'm not sure I can wear it out, it's white! Mum, how did you manage with it? I expect you never ate out in it!

The label tells me that it's a Blanes dress, made in England from Crimplene -- 'Terylene' polyester ICI(TM) fibre.
18th Jul 2008, 13:25   | tags:

hildegard says:

Heh, in the 60s & 70s people wore proper foundation garments, slips, petticoats, camisoles, all them good things.
That frock's superb transparent or no...

18th Jul 2008, 13:29

Helen says:

I went to H&M; and bought a petticoat especially for it! It works a little. I shall have to be very careful with my undergarment selections.

18th Jul 2008, 13:31

Alfie says:

ZOMG. So so fabulous

18th Jul 2008, 13:32

Judo-Jule says:

I love it!

See Alfie, you always have to keep all your dresses as a girl! Your children might need them one day!

18th Jul 2008, 13:40

nige says:

thats gorgeous. fits you very well by the looks of it.

18th Jul 2008, 13:53

Geodyne says:

Gah gah gah WOW!

You have to find a way to wear that out.

ETA: and loving the hair.

18th Jul 2008, 13:56

Viv says:

looks good and is washable

18th Jul 2008, 13:58

Viv says:

and it doesn't crease

apparently Doreen wore a crimpelene shirt-waister dress to a family occasion and everyone admired it and U Jack asked what colours we wanted and everyone was provided with a couple - think I had white and blue!
But that was an unusual type of crimpelene - lots got very bobbly. I think I might have got that one for David and Diana's wedding

18th Jul 2008, 14:02

Viv says:

not 60's 70's more like late 50's -

18th Jul 2008, 14:03

Helen says:

Ahh that makes sense. The Tina Turner film was on the other night and early on in the film she was wearing a dress that looked quite similar, with the buttons on the side, when she first met Ike... that would be late 50s.

There were lots of lovely dresses in that film.

I was refering more to the whole of the wardrobe -- all four dresses... they seem to range from 50s to 70s.

18th Jul 2008, 14:11

Viv says:

only 70's is the bigger orangey one - rest are similar period

18th Jul 2008, 15:00

OCD Sprocket says:


18th Jul 2008, 15:51

Helen says:

Oh! Found another Blanes dress online...


That really is quite something.

18th Jul 2008, 16:36

Viv says:

worth a bit too

18th Jul 2008, 16:52

Viv says:

yes Ojo I made my own' vogue' wedding dress!

18th Jul 2008, 16:53

Salome says:


18th Jul 2008, 18:18

Jane Doe says:

Lovely. You must wear it!

18th Jul 2008, 19:08

that looks just lovely on you.

18th Jul 2008, 19:19

MaggieD says:

Wow, this looks so good on you (hadn't realised you had cut your hair) ... the whole effect is so 60's (the era of my youth) ..... I just love it ....

18th Jul 2008, 21:02

Kostika says:

So very chic. All you need is the scarf, hat, glasses and gloves and you'll be very Jackie O.

19th Jul 2008, 00:34

OJ says:

I like it - and it doesn't look see-through in the pic but what does that say.

If it's crimpelene you might also want to be careful about hot days. Good choice Viv!

FWIW, I have a dress my mum made in the 1970s, that is one of the most stylish items I own. Can only wear it when I'm thin though as my mum is quite petite.

You're looking very slim there btw. I hope you're recovered from the law exams crash stress diet.

20th Jul 2008, 14:03

daz says:

You look lovely. You absolutely need to wear it!!

20th Jul 2008, 20:57

Dhamaka says:

wow this is a stunning dress and you look fabulous in it

I'm trying not to envy you for having the use of it

21st Jul 2008, 09:11

Helen says:

Pretty much recovered from the stress induced crash diet, but the gym is helping me to keep what I lost off. We'll see how long I can keep that up!

22nd Jul 2008, 11:13

540air says:

Super stylish!!

22nd Jul 2008, 13:14

kel says:

You look great! *wants*

I've wanted a dress like that for years but they never suit me when I try them on... (I'm talking high street copies of that style, not the real thing!)

That would be the perfect dress to wear to a club I sometimes go to in London - you'll have to come down for it!


22nd Jul 2008, 14:55

Helen says:

Ooh yes, that's definitely the sort of event my dress needs!

22nd Jul 2008, 17:02