Wednesday, July 3, 2013
I've always been a fan of vintage. Almost every vintage clothing, although old, has much better value than our garments today. So it is really important to pay a little attention to some details before buying a vintage item.
These are the list that I think you should look for before buying a vintage item and be sure to examine the item carefully in good light:
Fading - Check for fading, turn the item inside out and examine the seams. The color on the seams is more likely to be darker in shade. If the fading is just a little or totally even on the outside of the garment, then the item should be good enough to buy.
Wear and Tear - Check collars, armpits, knees, elbows, backsides, hems, and cuffs for extreme wear as these are the parts that suffer the most stress.
Tearing - Tearing in any other area apart from the seams of the garment are permanent and not always easily covered. Use caution when buying an item with known tears.
Stains - Some stains on vintage clothing are still possible to get rid of, particularly to those recent ones. Stains from mildew and perspiration are permanent.
Loosening, Sagging and Stretching - Well worn vintage clothes are more likely to sag or stretch from wear and tear compare to garments produced today. So try to put the item on to find out if such wear is noticeable wearing it. Wear in some garments may even improve the fit, in others; it may make the item look overused so examine carefully.
Deterioration - Fiber deterioration is common in old garment pieces made from natural fibers like wool, silk, cotton, etc. Try to look for signs of deterioration but it should be just fine if the deterioration is still tolerable.
Moth Holes - Moth holes are permanent in almost any cases. Moths like dark colors, so be sure to carefully check garments that are darker in color. If there's any moth damage, use caution depending on the location and the extent of damage. If you chose to buy an item with moth damage, be sure to wash it in hot water immediately to avoid any moth larvae from damaging the rest of your garment.
Odors - Vintage clothing, particularly from thrift stores may not have been washed for some time, so there will likely be some sort of odor on them. With a fine wash, that odor should reduce or disappear. Just be certain to use the right cleaning method for the garment's age and fabric.
Mildew - All signs of mildew are permanent. Do not purchase a garment with any sign of mildew damage.
Decorative Pieces - Pay special attention to any garment with sequins, appliqué, beading, lace or embroidery. Make sure decorative details are securely attached and are not missing any undesirable amount of pieces.
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2013 Vintage wedding dresses
Vintage wedding dresses are in demand with brides looking for a statement dress to match their personality and figure.
Wedding dress designers let their creative juices flow when creating their designer masterpiece for today's discerning bride. Some designers take their inspiration from the 1920's and 1930's with loose fitting designs and others turn to the 40's with wide shoulders and slim waistlines.
For many though the defining era of a vintage wedding dress is the golden era of the 1950's and 1960's. Hollywood greats Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner and Elizabeth Taylor wooed cinema audiences with their style and sophistication, leading many a commentator to taking greater interest in their fashion statements than their acting abilities.
But perhaps the most famous of all actresses to inspire vintage wedding dress design was Audrey Hepburn. Her classic figure, stunning looks and winning personality were the hallmark of an actress the envy of many an onlooker. A screen icon to this day, her style can be seen in many a vintage inspired wedding dress over 50 years later.
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Dress designers all over the world claim Audrey to be their inspiration - with clean necklines, low cut backs, soft flowing hems and three quarter length dresses being elements of their signature designs.
What inspires you?
When working with a designer, brides can select their favourite design elements and embellishments to create a truly one-off unique vintage classic. Don't be restricted by what you see in front of you - take along your own ideas and work with your designer. You may have magazine clippings or images you've seen in your search on-line. Some will work really well with your designers dresses, others won't - but never be afraid to ask.
The hallmark of a good designer is to take their client's preferences and incorporate those in to their own dress designs. You'll usually know when it will or won't work and your designer will be able to give you good advice why some things may or may not be recommended for a particular style of dress.
So whether your inspiration is the golden era of Hollywood or a modern classic design with influences from a bygone era you can be confident of looking and feeling like a true star on your big day.
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We see bride-to-be's every day of the week. Some come full of ideas and a very clear about the look they want. Others arrive with us as a blank canvas and take their inspiration from the dresses and designs they see on the day. Whether you're the former or the latter the bridal experience is the same as you watch your dress come alive over the weeks and months before your very big day.
Only by working with a wedding dress designer can you create your very own uniquely styled, vintage wedding dress.
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