Moonlight and stars bright ball at Kensington palace

Last friday I was just a little bit lucky and got invited along to a wonderful soiree at Kensington palace. The event was a 1950s inspired ball set in the beautiful grounds of Kensington palace with a chance to view the new exhibition “Fashion Rules” too.

For the evening I decided to go dressed up appropriately. I wore an original 1950s primrose yellow net ballgown. This little number came to me via ebay, it actually cost me so little i feel I can’t reveal how much I spent on it.

I wore the dress with some 1950s white court shoes (my feet were hideously swollen from the heat on the day, otherwise I would have worn an amazing pair of silver shoes I own). I also took along a 1930s clutch bag and 1930s fur cape. Although I have to admit I didn’t wear the cape, not even on the night bus home it was just too hot!

I didn’t actually take many pictures on the night, despite having borrowed a compact camera from my Dad. Although I did manage to take a few snaps in the exhibition.

Fashion rules was simply delightful, a small but perfectly formed exhibition I would say. I would have loved to have seen more dresses, particularly those from the wardrobe of Princess Margaret who i think has to have been one of the most stylish royals (In my opinion more so than Diana Princess of Wales, but that’s just my two pennies worth!). Although I have to say that the dresses worn by the Queen in the 50s were quite frankly amazing, and exactly the sort of garments I would like to wear!

There are more details about the exhibition here:

Fashion rules

Are you ready for the beach?

I don’t know about you, but the weather where I live (Greater London) has been pretty spiffing the last few days! So much so it has enabled me to get out the full on vintage frocks (outfit posts coming soon of course!). This meant that my next sale was one of my easiest to create. It’s a height of summer sale!!!

I’ve got more sunnies, hats, beach dresses and swimsuits than you can shake a stick at in a beautiful range of colours and fabrics.

View all the listings here!

First off is a brilliant selection of vintage sunglasses.

Fabulous 50s cats eyes

80s totoiseshell Ray ban wayfarers

Want to keep your head out of the sun? How about a fun vintage hat to sheild you from the ray.

Pop up 50s beach hat

80s large straw hat

I also went a bit mad with the stripes this week, because who doesn’t love a good striped outfit for summer?

Late 50s pastel stripe dress


Ted Lapidus shirt (who apparently in the 60s I’ve found out today was at the forefront of French pret-a-porter)

But the piece de resistance has to be the selection of vintage swimsuits I have on offer. Both Naomi and I have raided our collections to give you some real treats.

Amazing deadstock 50s swimsuit

Skirted 50s swimsuit

One of the cutest “beachball” print 50s swim tops

40s or 50s raspberry red Slix swimsuit (so stretchy it looked weird on my mannequin, so I took to modelling it instead)

50s little light weight beach dress (so unbelievably perfect for the heat wave we are experiencing)

Or for the collectors out there how about this orange wool number from the 1920s?

Since I created this listing I have found the V&A have an almost identical suit in grey and red. That’s a good piece of vintage for you right there!!!

Don’t forget, if you have any questions just drop me an email

liztregenza@hotmail.com

I’ve left this post a little late, but there are just THREE DAYS left on this auction, and lots of bargains still to be had!

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More Horrockses delights

In the past few weeks I’ve done what can only be described as “a bit of a whoops” and purchased quite a few more Horrockses. This always seems to happen when I sell a few, that a sudden flurry of the beauties come into my collection.

So first off a quick share of my three most recent purchases:

This little number is erm. Not so little! Uber glamorous late 50s cocktail dress which came from Emma Hasell also a HUGE collector of Horrockses.

This one came from found and loved in Cheshire Street, just off Brick lane. I’ve been picking up some good pieces up in Brick Lane again recently after finding everything hugely overpriced for a while prices seem to have calmed down rather. (I can’t remember exactly what I paid but I think it was £40!)

I nicked this picture of me in the dress from Found and Loved instagram.

And my piece de resistance was this Horrockses. It has to come in my top 5 best Horrockses, partially because the print is fantastic and partially because it has a brilliant story. The dress came to me via The Vintage Emporium (just off Brick Lane) and thanks to my ever wonderful friend Naomi Thompson. As soon as I saw the picture on her iphone I HAD to have it, and had a hunch it was an important piece.

For fellow Horrockses obsessives a quick close up look at the print shows you that the dress has clear hallmarks of Alistair Morton, who was a print designer working with Horrockses particularly in the late 40s. The sketchy exuberant take he had on floral patterns helped to move them away from being just florals and into something more abstracted, less twee and with a greater focus on creating “art fabrics” rather than just textiles for dress. The finely drawn flowers seen in these close ups show striking similarities to another of my dresses by him, dating to 1950. But this one, with its printed label is just a little earlier.

The dress with its longer length and slight off the shoulder style has hallmarks of a late 1940s design and that it is, dating to 1948. Rather fortuitously I remembered the dress had appeared in a slightly different colourway at the Horrockses exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum back in 2010.

Not only did the dress appear in the exhibition, but there were also Morton’s original sketches and colourways for the print on display. These had been lent for the exhibition by Abbott Hall where the majority of the Edinburgh Weavers archive is held.

There is one last detail about the dress though that takes it from the realms of “special” to “super special”

Yep. That’s Queen Mary holding the corner of a dress in the same print as mine. The image comes from 1948 when Queen Mary visited the Horrockses headquarters on Hannover square. Pretty special right?

Now to go and hunt out the 1948 Vogues to see if I can find it there at all too!