Truly inspired

I have recently been inspired by another Louise at Catwalk Creative Vintage. Her blog discussed the humble dress clip which were very fashionable in the 1930s and 40s. Her photos were beautiful with some great original 40s pictures too. Please go have a read!

So here’s how it inspired me….I too have a dress clip, given to me by my partner a few years back. I never actually knew what it was therefore I had never worn it. It is is stunning with brightly coloured stones within and a flower sculpted within the metal. Louise advised me she thought it was probably Czech and from the 1930s. WOW!

Then, coincidently my mum was going through a box of old photos and pulled out this amazing photo of my grandmother Ella, taken in the 1940s. She looks tall and elegant in her leaf design tea dress. She is looking straight at the camera proud of her look.

On closer inspection..she is only wearing a dress clip! Pinned onto the middle of her dress it simply sparkles.

Turning over the photo she has written a description of her look:

Darling,  As this isn’t very clear I’ll describe the dress. It has fullness from the front with two pockets at each side. The neck as you can see is just plain, opened all down the front where i wear my big diamante clip. Everybody likes it very much and i really do, better than any dress I’ve had. Ella

We are not sure who this is written for…but my grandfather was in the Far East during the war so we only presume she sent this photo out to him.

So back to my dress clip. I finally wore it yesterday, worn the same way as my stylish grandma….in the centre of a black 1950s crepe dress.

Alas, not at a happy function, but I’m sure she would have been proud!

Thanks Louise for showing me the way (I think my grandma beat us to it though!)  x


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  1. 25 May 2011 / 9:08 am

    A fabulous post as always. How lovely to have such a great photograph of your grandma with handwritten message to go with. It’s simply divine! And your partner has the most wonderful taste. Your gorgeous dress clip is a real treasure.

    Thanks so much for mentioning my blog too. It’s very much appreciated. Big vintage hugs! L

  2. 25 May 2011 / 9:15 am

    Thanks! My mum found some fab photos of her…one as a bridesmaid at a wedding during the war…amazing styling! I’ve always loved the 50s for its flambouancy but these 40s photos are gorgeous! Simple and elegant in a time of gloom! x

  3. Jennifer Grumbridge
    25 May 2011 / 7:17 pm

    that’s really lovely – she would have been very proud of her glamorous granddaughter xx

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