I keep mentioning Hollywood glamour and staying in bed so I thought it only fitting that the next section of 'Show you my wardrobe' should be vintage nightgowns.
These were all bought from estate sales in Hollywood or New York. A couple were from Ebay in America. I bought them from a lovely dealer I made friends with, a retired French horn player with the Metropolitan opera called Richard who was in is now in his early eighties. Richard is now involved with a website called Silver Screen Loungerie. He had (and still has) lots of amazing stuff and I bought quite a few pieces from him.
I tend to go mental on buying one type of thing so I ended up with a bit of a collection. All my girlfriends loved them so much I used to choose one for each of them as a Birthday present. They've all worn them out as dresses and they looked fabulous.
I also had a selection of Thirties silk and satin pyjamas and palazzo lounge pants which have all been given away too. I always preferred the nightgowns and kept the ones I'd wear.
All the pieces below are from the Thirties. There's nothing better than lounging around or sleeping in a silk nightgown, they are so soft and comfortable. I started buying them in the early Nineties and they cost the equivalent of between £25 and £75 today. It wasn't fashionable to buy vintage then, so they were quite reasonable.
Once again I shall make excuses for my photography... As usual I was fiddling around with camera settings as it was hard to get enough light. I was up and down like a yoyo, I had all the lights on and off, shutters open and closed and finally wheeled out the decorators light. I will find my camera manual and actually read it, I promise!
The fabulous Carole Lombard wearing a satin gown by Travis Banton
Tallulah Bankhead - I loved her dry humour and her clothes
Jean Harlow - The original Blonde Bombshell. The legendary Hollywood costume designer Adrian made her fabulous creations
Cream silk satin dressing gown with lace trim with vintage cream marabou stole
I'm trying to go for the Jean Harlow thing here
Cream silk satin dressing gown with lace trim and bow
It looks much shinier than it actually is in this picture
Pale peach bias cut charmeuse silk satin nightgown with pale blue applique
And a scalloped necline
Powder pink bias cut silk nightgown with lace details
With lace angel sleeves
And a low lace V back
Peach bias cut silk satin nighgown with pale coffee and cream coloured lace flower details
And a little pocket
Powder pink bias cut silk nightgown with embroidery
And cap sleeves
Lightest pink bias cut silk nightgown with embroidery
And silk tie shoulders
Black bias cut silk chiffon nightgown with lace
The flash has made it look a bit more see through
It has some lovely applique on the front
I wore this out to a party in the early Nineties with a backless body underneath. I must have thought I was Cher or something!! I think I'd put a slip under it now...
Have a wonderful Sunday xxx
For part three of 'Show you my wardrobe' CLICK HERE