There is a certain art to bringing back to life an outfit that I've seen portrayed in a vintage magazine. I feel like I am learning a lesson in history, art, form, discovery, connections…the list goes on.
A couple months ago, I was wandering the lockers of ebay and I came across an auction for a butterfly skirt. This skirt looked very familiar, then a rather large wave of epiphany hit me, this is the same skirt pattern from the butterfly image by Louis Dahl-Wolf. The image below was originally printed in a 1942 Harper's Bazaar fashion spread in very rare color form. You could buy the skirt from B.Altman.
Thie skirt that was worn in this iconic image was way before its time. The sweeping nature of what was to become the 1950's circle (full) skirt look. But, it is not just the skirt, it is the whole impression that just lingers and is one of those fashion images that leaves an imprint. The composition is perfection and so is the lighting, not to mention the beauty of the model (Bijou Barrington), it's like all forces of nature were aligned to bring this image together in color.
So, when the auction ended for the version of the skirt I am wearing above, I fell off my chair when I won it for $18. I did have to have the side button holes fixed but well worth the investment. It is a cold rayon skirt and still very vivid in print. I also bought a yellow linen kind of short sleeve cardigan that I believe went with this skirt. But, that is for another day.
Then, my quest began, to find accessories to match this creation that would be similar to the vintage fashion image. Isn't it crazy that this image is from 1942??
I really did want to recreate closer to the exact image but my skirt isn't full enough for the effect. So, I opted to photograph near a rounded arch doorway in a Spanish influenced entranceway.
Earrings: I found by looking for "pearl and metal" and came across these wonderful Hogan Bolas screw back earrings from Etsy shop Classic Mid-Century.
Bracelets: Various sources keeping to the theme of the 1942 photograph.
Butterfly Clips: Even better in person and appear to be made from feathers. Olgadesigns
Blouse: Made by me, vintage pattern Simplicity 2127. I actually bought this pattern as a size 30 bust and it's still crazy big. I think if I ever made it again I would certainly bring it in. Pattern went together pretty easy and I made this pattern because there was nothing similar out there for what I was looking for.
Skirt: Ebay 1942 cold rayon with butterfly motif.
Shoes: Gave me blisters:) Really need to break them in but they were free with Amazon rewards points:)