Tuesday, June 22

sweetheart ball 1957


What a day. Today I met Kay and her husband Tom (who consequently has two brothers, Dick & Harry) for a vintage appointment. After speaking with Kay on the phone late last week I knew I was in for something great. I also was very excited to meet her. Born, raised, and then lived in Detroit for many many years, Kay is a "keeper" as she put it, and well, I am glad for it! The pink and silver trim dress in the 4th photo was the dress Kay wore on her first (blind!) date, to the Sweetheart Ball in 1957 with Tom when she was only 15. The man she married 5 years later.  Flash-forward to 2010 and the pair are still married. She even showed me a photo of herself wearing the dress the night of date. Of course I told her she needs to scan that photo and send it to me! I sat with them for a good while listening to histories and discovering Tom's favorite cocktail is a bourbon manhattan - a man after my own heart...then both Kay and Tom told me that although I "looked young and acted young, I had a "senior mind"", which I thought was totally awesome (and true!). Excitedly I came right home and started cleaning all the garments with as much verve as a kid on Christmas morning, I tell ya.

25 comments:

Sadie Rose said...

drool!!!

Carys said...

Those dresses are beautiful, and that's such a lovely story!!
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

Starr Crow said...

good god, i don't know how you do it. consistently the most beautiful dresses on the web.

Modesty is Pretty said...

beautiful dresses!

broom people said...

What an incredible haul! I can't wait to see some of these go up in the shop.

rachel / Red Lips Vintage said...

what a great score!

reilly said...

Oh goodness, the green dress with the white collar!

Silly Rabbit Vintage said...

How gorgeous- the story and the dresses!

daniRED said...

Okay thats it! I'm coming to live with you!

PrettyDamnCute said...

What a GREAT day. Treasures for the eye and the heart. Thanks for sharing. And I can't wait to see these in the shop.

E. Driscoll said...

Sorry, just wiping the drool off my chin! How fabulous.

Jessica / Lola Vintage Clothing said...

lmao about the two brothers' names. HAHA!
too awesome.
and love that pic on the clothesline!

marika said...

those are stunning!

Zohar said...

SWOOOOOOON at the 4th photos. Oh I love it when you post these kinds of things. jealous.

MarieBayArea said...

gasp!

Ranter said...

Those are so lovely!
I really want a dress like that (any of them, they're all wonderful) to wear to my own formal (prom).
AHH! squeeee.....

Katy Howieson said...

how gorgeous! i love stories like that. The hues all go together so nicely they could be bridesmaid dresses. Im betting there'd ber a fight for the pink and silver prom dress though :p

xx

Karen/Small Earth Vintage said...

Beautiful dresses--love seeing them all hanging outdoors on a line like that! And it's extra special when you get to hear the history behind them.

sydandpia said...

sweet Jesus, those dresses are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!

KristiMcMurry said...

Amazing! I love the story behind the dresses...and the dresses, oh my, they are gorgeous.

Katie said...

Just gorgeous! I love clothes with history!
I actually wore my Great-Aunts 1957 party dress to a Cotillion party a few years ago. It is the most fun thing to wear in my closet. Of course I cut the length off a bit and had to have a few panels put in the back (the little tiny waist would not fit me!). It is the perfect color red and is sitting in my closet while I wait for the perfect occasion to wear it again!

Adelaide's Homesewn said...

what a wonderful day. so glad you are going to find them all good new homes :)

Dailee Dose said...

What a wonderful story! Those dresses are absolutely amazing, the colors go so well together.

Ollie Otson said...

These are all fantastic! Not to mention an amazing story behind it all. I could only wish for that type of love one day.

Laura Loo said...

Gasp! Oh lordy, those are lovely. and it makes them even better to know where they're from and the story behind it! that is a precious story, and they sound adorable! I adore the sparkly one and the blue one too!

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