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Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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I have been sorting through several boxes of ephemera (antique and vintage magazines, postcards, scrapbooks, photos) that I got out of storage recently. I’ll be posting some of the more interesting items here.

A magazine called ‘TV Headliner’ from 1958 has this ad for a hideous newsprint shirt.

Teenagers’ Rage! “You’ll be the talk of the teenage set.”  This reminded me of a not-hideous 1960s dress I own but haven’t worn in decades. So, I decided to unearth it and try it on. Here's the print that I was reminded of.

It’s made of cotton printed with ticket stubs, images of famous paintings and sculptures, music programs, playbills--sort of an arts-and-culture newsprint. Isn't it fabulous? The dress doesn't have a label; it appears to have been made by a skilled seamstress.

How apropos that I just happened to have curled my hair today. Mod red boots purchased in early 1990s at Shelly’s in London. 1960s velvet embroidered bag from Pakistan, purchased on eBay. I used to wear this dress to art openings in London in the late 1980s and early 1990s. So I tried it on with the big dangling spiral earrings that I would have worn with it. I purchased them in 1988 at the Pure Fabrications at Hyper Hyper, a retail space populated with stalls run by independent young designers, on Kensington High Street in London. To go with my big ‘80s hair (I had a perm – didn’t we all?), I needed big earrings. In addition to the huge red metal spirals, I had a pair of enormous black plastic spirals, also from Pure Fabrications (“jewel mongers to the fortunate” as it says on the cards).

Red ones were £5.99 and the black were £6.50 in 1988.I still have the backing card that came with them. 

That’s me and my big hair and big shoulder pads in 1988.Across the street from Hyper Hyper was the seedier Kensington Market where I shopped for vintage clothes. I used to go to London a lot for my job in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s when the dollar was strong. So I shopped like mad.

In my studio apartment in 1988. The black spiral earrings are barely visible amidst all that hair. Cotton gauze blouse purchased on King’s Road in London. Lots of black rubber bracelets, probably bought at Kensington Market or some other London street market.I had forgotten about my 'newsprint' dress. It fits exactly as it did 20 years ago and I just love the eccentric print.  I think it's worth taking on my next trip to London.

Linking up to Patti's Visible Monday post.

Reader Comments (7)

That is a memorable and fabulous dress - and I love the whole retro look you created around it. You look confident and modern yet calling on all the fun of the 80's with your curly hair and spiral earrings. Brava all 'round! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

September 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatti @ NotDeadYet Style

That newsprint dress is fantastic! It would be a fav of mine if I had it. In fact, it would be a favorite of a lifetime for sure. It fits like a glove, and good for you for keeping your figure all these years. It sure makes it easier to wear the clothes you want.
Ahhh, the 80's. I think I had those exact same black swirl earrings!

September 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

Absolutely fabulous! I hope you continue to wear it now. too cool.

September 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpao

What an amazing print! You look great, especially with the curls. I would have LOVED to have your hair in the 80s, mine was long and permed too, but would never grow as long as yours. xxx

September 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpastcaring

Love that you've held onto that dress - amazing!! Love the old pic too. :)

September 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrunge Queen

That dress is amazing! I love the Rodin on it. Look how long you hair was too - gorgeous.

Nikki x

September 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPenelope Cat Vintage

Fabulous dress. Hope you keep on wearing it now that you've found it again.

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

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