The best of my Horrockses collection

Today I’m bringing back one of my favourite Horrockses for yet ANOTHER blog post, this is because I’ve had some rather exciting extra information on it… and an extra part added to it.

This is the Horrockses in question, which i was wearing in the latest issue of Vintage Explorer magazine.

Now, shortly after I posted about this dress in May a lovely lady got in contact with me and offered to sell me the MATCHING SHAWL, of course, I couldn’t turn down an opportunity like that, as it made it a complete outfit. Like the dress this was also in perfect condition.

This dress was not only special to me because of the stunning fit, but also because it was one of the dresses used for the Horrockses bed linen collection.

You can read the full details of the dress in this blog post:

http://queen-tree.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/my-new-horrockses-dress.html

At the time i assumed that the dress dated between 1955 and 1958, and was very happy to find out that my dating was infact BANG ON correct. The lovely Tessa Richards of Rainbow Valley Vintage tweeted me a picture of MY dress as featured in Vanity fair in May 1958.

I love it when a tale about a vintage dress all comes together!

Exciting new Horrockses purchase…and other vintage fun.

Yesterday my Ma and I took a trip to Salisbury and came away with some vintage TREATS. In posts such as these I normally like to save the best purchase till last, but I am SO excited about this one that I have to share the best one first!!!

Here is my stunning new Horrockses that I picked up. This little number dates to the mid fifties roughly and the complicated cut suggests to me that it is a John Tullis design. What is interesting is that the dress has two labels. Its normal Horrockses label and also a store label “Maison Tesink” Fred H. Laan Den Haag”. I looked up the store and found this was in existence from 1956 in the Hague- Holland. (I don’t speak Dutch so this is what my hopeful vague translation is suggesting!). The reason why I was so intrigued is that normally Horrockses dresses purchased abroad would have had a different export label, but this has the label found in the UK.

The dress, even better, was picked up for a mere £50. Which for any dress this beautiful is reasonable- but for a Horrockses I thought was a great price.

The shoes I am wearing with it are a pair of 1950s Rayne stillettos that i found in a Lymmington charity shop around a month ago for £4.

These are my other purchases too.

And these are my mum’s purchases. I think you could say we are a mother and daughter pair who love our vintage!

Museuming in London… FTM and John Soane’s house

 On my birthday I had a wonderful day up in London with one of my best pals Caro (her boyf even cooked us dinner in the evening…win!) Anyway, it was a day filled with museum visiting.
First Stop Sir John Soane’s museum. This is one of the museums in London I had never visited before… and it is so inconspicuous you could easily walk right past it and not notice it. The museum is actually what was once Soane’s house. It is a glorious testament to the architect who bought outside architecture in. The ceilings and stained glass in the house are particularly wonderful and you see a mish mash of eras in the objects he collected. I particularly liked his “gallery” where there are some sensational Hogarth painting on display. John Soanes house is actually free,,, and well worth a visit.
We then pootled off to the Fashion and Textile museum where I FINALLY got to see the POP exhibition. I have to say this is one of the best exhibitions that FTM have held in a while (Second only to the Horrockses exhibition from last 2010). In particular I highly rated the layout of the exhibition, considering the space is quite small there was A LOT to see.
If you are expecting this to be an exhibition which places its primary focus on the sixties, think again. There is wonderful design from both the 50s and 70s too (both decades I personally prefer to the 60s). I really enjoyed too that this exhibition wasn’t just textiles focus but looked at broader “design” too.
Here are a few of my personal highlights.
I couldn’t see an exhibition label for this skirt but I know it is a Sportaville model, as I tried to buy one of these about a year ago.
Martini label skirt
Biba jacket. I am just swooning at the cut of this
Zandra Rhodes shorts


It also re-introuded me to the brand Mr Freedom, which really epitomises what I love about 70s design.

This dress is another Sportaville model dress and shows that the company were still producing highly imaginative print design in the 1970s.

Two Miss Mouse designs showing the early 70s revival of 1950s styles by Rae Spencer-Cullen

Superb Terry De Havilland platforms
Zandra Rhodes emsemble
Vivienne Westwood knitwear
 Paper dresses in their packets