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Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger

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Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger

Today, Fashionable Reader, I'm do a retrospective on one of my all time favorite pieces, a 1970's polyester black maxi dress. I picked this up in Haight Street in San Francisco, and it's not normally the kind of thing I would go for. Except, of course, that it has a pussycat bow at the neck.

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger

But the fit on the stress is just amazing, it makes me look tall and elegant. Which, with my curvy figure, is a really challenging. It's this crazy polyester fabric, and I imagine it will last forever. However if it does ever die, I have plans to take it to a seamstress and have it remade in other fabrics.

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail CarrigerVintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail CarrigerVintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger

Here I am wearing it three ways. The first image is the most common way I wear this dress, with gold accessories. The second is a steampunk variation that I use when I'm traveling and need both a evening gown and a steampunk costume on the go. The final is the dress with a 1940s style velvet jacket over-the-top.

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger

 Well my address is clearly from the 1970sseventies, there is no doubt about that. This style of dress was common in the 1930s. Here I have a retrospective of this dress style for your entertainment. Enjoy.

Teared Black Maxi-Dresses of the 1930s

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger
Charles James, 1930s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger
Evening Dress  Lucien Lelong, early 1930s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger
Coco Chanel, 1933  Augusta Auctions

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger
Evening Dress  Madeleine Vionnet, 1936  The Museum at FIT

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger
Evening Dress  Coco Chanel  1937-1938  MET

And here is a modern variant...

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger


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4 Comments on Retro Rack: Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger

  • Anonymous
    on September 12, 2017 | 14:03 Anonymoussaid :
    "I love the retro dress. Looking at the pictures reminded me of several Vionnet & Chanel from the 1930s. You even used two of the Vionnet of which I thought.
    But the Pussy cat bow makes the ensemble.
    Have you tried opera gloves when wearing it?"
  • Gail Carriger
    on September 12, 2017 | 23:33 Gail Carrigersaid :
    "Yes, I am wearing opera gloves in a number of the pictures posted.

    I do try to wear gloves at most events. "
  • Anonymous
    on September 13, 2017 | 16:16 Anonymoussaid :
    "I'm sorry that I didn't look more carefully. It is very apparent that you're wearing a red and cream pair of opera gloves. But what about black ones?
    BTW I really enjoyed Romancing the Inventor. I'm trying to figure out where to order the Sumage Solution. Alibris or B&N for quicker delivery.
    I ordered Romancing from&N and weeks went brand no update, so I ordered and received it from Alibris. "
  • Gail Carriger
    on September 14, 2017 | 09:31 Gail Carrigersaid :
    "No sorry needed!

    As for the rest of your questions, please feel free to contact me and I'll be happy to discuss them at more length: gailcarriger.com/contact"
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