Vanity Fair 50s négligée on a girls night out

Vanity Fair 50s vintage négligée on a girls night out

The 1950s, post war, post austerity and women, in true female fashion, were looking for a change in their wardrobe. They wanted to loosen up the lines of the uniform style of the 40s. They wanted to let their hair down and they wanted to boogie.

So, fashion designers turned to loosening the bust and shoulders on garments. They kept the tuck at the waist to show off that beautiful female form but from there the style kicked out with panache and flair.

I was browsing Etsys site a while back and I came across this negligée on a vintage shop’s virtual window called, Sown Threads.

This shop has such an eclectic range of beautiful women’s boho and vintage clothing that I immediately bought the negligée at an excellent price.

The customer service I received from this shop was second to none and when this garment arrived so well laid out and packaged, I was in awe of the detail in it.

It still carried the original Vanity Fair lingerie label…

The ‘50s was the start of the prêt-à-porter era (ready to wear or off the rack) where designers were producing high quality, stylish clothing at affordable prices.

Vanity Fair at that time in the ‘50s was experimenting and manufacturing in nylon, designing new prints and playing with colours. They perfected the permanent pleating of nylon which can be seen in the bust area of this negligée.

Post cleaning this garment and how many times before that I can’t say, that pleat some 60 years later is still very much in tact.

The silk band that ties around the back adds a touch of class to this nightie that I decided to wear this out on a girlie drinks night. Granted it appeared to be a little see-through so I wore a silk and lace slip underneath.

The lining to this garment is flesh coloured with a tinge of pink and is of a delicate silk/rayon texture.

The black nylon dress part has a soft mesh feel to it and is exquisite.

The intricate and lace details across the waist, along the neck line and over the shoulders is not only feminine but strong and still very much in it’s original state. A truly prêt-à-porter piece that has lasted the test of time.

So, did I wear it out?

“One Scotch, one bourbon and one beer.”

And it earned me a Strawberry Daiquiri for my efforts ;)

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