Bonnie Cashin leather jacket, certain that Ms. Howe would notice. In fact I imagined an exchange something like this (in her elegant South African accent):
Ms. Howe: "I believe I spied a young lady wearing a vintage Bonnie Cashin, young lady would you step forward?"
Me: (Steps forward in humilty)
Ms. Howe: "What an amazing Bonnie Cashin you are wearing! You have an incredible sense of style."
Me: (Still humble) "Why thank you Ms. Howe, that is an especially meaningful compliment coming from someone as learned as yourself."
The audience murmurs appreciatively, people point and ask to touch my jacket. After the gallery tour, Ms. Howe asks me where I found the piece, what my take on the exhibit was and if she can friend me on Facebook.
Well, that was a nice little fantasy but it did not exactly go down that way.
|Bonnie Cashin Dress, 1967, photograph copyright Erik Gould from the exhibition catalog.|
|Elizabeth Hawes Dress, 1937, photo copyright Erik Gould from the exhibition catalog|
|1940's Textron Dressing Gown, photograph copyright Erik Gould from the exhibition catalog.|
|1950's Yvette cotton dress with crystals, photograph copyright Erik Gould from the exhibition catalog.|
|The center hat on the left was in the exhibit but the dress and accessories on this page were not. They are all, however, fabulously documented in the catalog.|
|Yet another spread features items that did not actually make the exhibit.|
I often like to tie back these posts to items on Etsy, as it is a great resource for authentic "Cocktail Culture" as well as just about anything else you can imagine! Check out the items below and do your own search to see what you can find!
|1960's Cocktail Dress from JunebugShop on Etsy|
|1950's Cocktail Dress from BetaBoutique on Etsy|
|Fun Cocktail Napkins from In2VintageCloths on Etsy|
|Fab 1940's Hawaiian Dress with Sarong from Salilimon on Etsy|
|1930's chocolate silk velvet bias cut dress from WildFellHallVintage on Etsy|
|Fab Cocktail set from MellowMermaid on Etsy.|