Sunday, 4 July 2010

Arsenic & Old Lace


Want to see more of my family heirlooms? This is my Great-Grandmother's wedding dress I uncovered packed away in a box whilst clearing out my parents' attic.



I occasionally wear the silver monogram brooch Great-Grandma's wearing at her throat.


What a shame I have no intention of tying the knot myself.

102 years old and still going strong.

Some Victorian glass bottles we dug up in the garden of our old house.


I love the way the sunlight shines through them.


How very odd that I'm exactly the same size as my Edwardian ancestor.



33 comments:

jaljen said...

What extraordinary sleeves. I thought they'd be very fitted but that's a most interesting construction.
How very Henry James!

Martwa Marta said...

this wedding dress is amazing! i wish i could feel the history like you do! awesome...

Kandi said...

Wow that is beautiful. It is bizarre that it fits you perfectly. I love that there is a note with it, perhaps I should add one to my dress for future generations to find.
Kandi x

★ Nina Saiful said...

OMG you're so lucky to find that! I definitely want to ask my grandma where her wedding dress is now, and that note is WOW, I'd be hanging that on my wall if i were you! :D

classique chérie

Em x said...

Wow the dress is beautiful. I wish my mum had kept her wedding dress, she wore a gorgeous white minidress when here and my dad married, it was so beautiful x

SabinePsynopsis said...

Such a treasure! It doesn't matter if you don't want to tie the knot, Vix, the dress looks beautiful on you (and isn't it amazing that it fits you like a glove? All women in your family seem to be tall and slim built). xxx

Tere said...

Hello! This is the first time that I visit your blog and I see is very nice!!
I love your style, very elegant and modern!
Good photos!!
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Small Town Girl said...

Wow gorgeous wedding dress! My surname was Chapman before marriage like your grandmother! Hope you are well.x

Stéphanie said...

This post is FABULOUS !
And I adore this fantastic dress !

Kel said...

This is such a great post, love a bit of history.

How strange you both were the exact same size.
Love the note detailing the wedding, shame these days it'd be in a text or email eh.

X xx

Helga! said...

O my!!!How divine a/that you have such a wonderful thing,and b/that you can wear it!!!!
Arrrgrghgghgh!!!
Gorgeousness!
LOVE Helga XXX

WeShop said...

Beautiful wedding dress, looks like it was made for you (if you ever have a change of heart!). xx
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CalamityJem said...

Dear Vix,
That is such a precious thing to still have.
It's a really beautiful dress that exudes quality & craftmanship.
You look absolutely stunning!
...xXx

Rebecca said...

That dress is so precious! I love how it fits you so well. I can't get over how pretty it is, so lovely! What a treasure! x

Disco Goth said...

That is such a beautiful dress, maybe you should change your mind!

xx

E is for Eleanor said...

So so beautiful! What an amazing piece to be able to keep and share forever. And yes, you are the same size! It fits you like a glove!

Rebecca said...

I like its construction & lines. Can you identify its fabric? You are gorgeous - as usual. Will you be putting this back in the box or what idea do you have for displaying it? (Personally, if it doesn't harm the dress, I think it should be left out where everyone can admire it!)

Jen said...

That dress looks fabulously vintage on you, Vix. You look like you stepped straight out of the 1900s - stunning. x

Cara said...

Wow. My favourite post you have done so far.

vint junky said...

Oh wow! That last pic is abit similar to a uv my dad recently gave of my late nan on her wedding day, it's not exact but the setting, dress etc is very similar! my heart stopped when I seen you! must post it!
You look gorgeous BTW vix
xxxx

RETRO REVA said...

Gorgeous photos and the dress is awesome!!!!
I too collect old glass bottles. I once bought an entire metal basket full that once belonged to an old doctor for a buck!!!
Thanks for all your support. it really means the world to me. I am feeling a bit sappy today.
I lost a follower after my last post.
My hubs says, "Joke em' if they can't take a F#ck" ! Tee,hee. I love him, the crazy!

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

I adore antique bottles and decanter. I would not worry about the "Knot", dear, wear the dress in memory of her. I think that would be a fabulous tribute. What is the fabric of the dress, dear?;-)

Catherine Whittaker said...

Hello, I used to run the 'Martha Lust' Blog, but it stopped due to breaking up with my boyfriend :( I LOVE this post! That dress is amazing :) Commenting from my illustration blog, which is now up and running! http://catherinewhittaker.blogspot.com/
:) LOVE YOUR BLOG xxx

Rose&Bird said...

Such a beautiful dress with a great story to tell - I wish I had some memories like that from my ancestors. It's great that it fits you as well, even if you don't use it for it's original purpose!

Vintage Vixen said...

Thanks for reading (and commenting)!
The dress feels like very fine cotton or muslin, it's quite see-through but very easy to iron.
Vix
xxx

Alex said...

You look amazing Vix and I'm so impressed at your tiny figure - she must have been corsetted up when she wore it! The work that must have gone into making that is unbelievable, it's so detailed and beautiful.

Dusk said...

Wow hon... this is amazing... how did you feel wearing this dress?? This is history!

shari @ little blue deer said...

That is so, so cool! Wow! Love the dress, and it looks fab on you, how about that, you're the same size! Those glass bottles are cool too, I wish I could dig up my yard and find something worth a damn in it, other than cable lines or something! LOL! XO!

Miss Smilla said...

What an incredible piece of family history and what an amazing thing to be able to wear. You look fantastic!

Prutha said...

ur one lucky girl to have ur grandmom's wedding dress fit u... i never knew my grandmoms too well coz they passed away way when i was little..but i must go ask mom for her wedding saree to see what it was like... !! brillaint idea!! u look gorgeous btw

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LadyBugSays ... said...

That dress is amazing and fits you like a glove! You are so lucky to have such amazing heirlooms!

bollywoodstylediaries said...

wow, cant believe that dress is 102 years old ..it really emphasizes ur tiny waist:-)

agnes said...

elle est magnifique cette robe. j'aime beaucoup