Last night I went with three girlfriends and my two daughters to a book signing at The Black Cat book shop in Paddington, Brisbane.
They had invited Charlotte Smith there to talk about a collection of 3,000 vintage dresses and accessories that she inherited from her god-mother Doris Darnell, a Quaker from
Pennsylvania in the . The collection is known as the Darnell Collection. US
I didn’t hang around afterwards to buy the books, the queues were too long, but they are both definitely on my Christmas list.
there was a small fashion show by the vintage clothing shop, also in Paddington, called Adornments. (My daughters and I have decided we have a date there next week!) I have to say that the clothes that Adornments owner chose to showcase were exquisite. The tailoring, the fabrics, the design and dare I say the sizes! They were enough to make a girl swoon. I am definitely going to get another couple more kilos off so I can get into those mini sized dresses! Charlotte
My friends and I all commented that we would love to be able to wear clothes like that today if we could but find them. I am sure there is a market for making replicas that would fit today’s larger woman. And although they were obviously vintage clothes from another era, all of the show pieces could have been worn quite happily to a special occasion today.
And the thing I liked best about the evening? The fact that my daughters, 15 and 17, enjoyed it as much as we older girls did.
Thanks Black Cat - a great evening.