Thursday, 10 February 2011

Win a beautiful, Vintage 50s dress.......(sob)

I am a lover of all things vintage, I collect glass perfume bottles and I love the glamour of Hollywood past.  Vintage has seen a massive rise in popularity with stylists embracing the past to recreate a new look and this is something I was doing long before it became "fashionable". 

Sadly, three children in five years and a (finally!)diagnosed under active thyroid has promoted a massive change in my body shape.  Gone are the body con dresses of yesteryear, replaced instead with tunics and leggings, the staple "mumpreneur" uniform that most of my contemporaries seem to favour.  I love this style as it is easy, comfortable and hides a multitude of sins.

However, it has left me with a wardrobe bursting at the seams and I have decided to let one of you lovely readers win one of my favourite pieces.  I bought this 15 (ish) years ago at an Antique fair in Battersea Arts Club.  I fell in love with it instantly.  It is a gorgeous example of 50s splendour with a nipped in waist and a full, stiff underskirt.  It has amazing detail, a big, black bow on the front and a beautiful pleated, concertina seam at the back.  It is a generous 12 and fairly tight across the bust.



It has been to Ladies Day at Ascot (accompanied with a HUGE black, Holly Golightly Hat) a wedding in the South of France which ended up with me playing craps in the Monte Carlo casino with a F1 player, and a beautiful Tuscan wedding.  

Now, I could sell this on ebay or to a collector, but I have decided that I would much rather give it away to someone who will love it as much as I do.   Therefore, please only enter if you would wear this or perhaps if you have a daughter who would.  You will get bad dress karma if you sell this gorgeous dress, I promise you that!!!!!!!


If you would like to win this, here is what you need to do:

1) Follow this blog and comment below telling me who your style icon is and why
2) follow me on twitter @superamazingmum and tweet "I have entered to win a vintage 50s dress with @superamazingmum http://t.co/i4DETBE

I will choose my 5 favourite style icons from your answers below, stick them in a hat, (vintage of course!) and then pick out a name.  This closes on the 30th March 2011.

26 comments:

  1. Possibly a bit unoriginal but I'd have to say Greta Garbo. Not even a style I'd emulate as I'd look ridiculous but she just oozes style. She has that kind of androgenous, stern beauty, but with a modern spirit and irresistible allure. Would LOVE to pull off her look, but as I am of the curvier variety, I always go for things that nip the waist and make the ol' hour glass look top notch. I LOVE this dress. I am a 12, and it would be worn to my husbands mega posh works do next month, and several weddings I have coming up. Its beautiful. It even rivals my amazing red "50's bomb-shell dress" I scrimped and saved for from Dolly Dagger (fav web site!)Love the blog btw xxx

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  2. I LOVE Dolly Dagger!!! Have you also found Vivien of Holloway yet?!!! Greta Garbo is fab........Would love to see what your 50s bomb shell dress is like!!!

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  3. I love Audrey hepburn but I'm biased! My 9 Yr old daughter is like a mini version of her and has naturally leaned towards her classic style. At the weekends she sweeps her hair up into a simple shignon slips on her pearl necklace and matching earings and dresses in her little puff sleeve jumpers with frilled shirts underneath and pops on simple long skirt or short or skinny trousers .... Then goes out to make mud pies! She moans I never wear any of my old dresses lovingly stored for her to grow into - I'm not a six anymore try double! The dress look fabulous and will help me live up to my mini audreys style.

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  4. Audrey is a classic. So elegant and effortless, she definately had the X factor!! Please can you follow my blog for entry though? Thank you xx

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  5. Marilyn monroe is my style icon , she had lovely curves and was a size 14 /16 ! Much better than the size zero's of today !

    Love the dress ,i am going to a 50's style wedding in May so this would be perfect.
    Right size too !

    following blog,following and tweeted on twitter @CHOCOAJ X

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  6. I know everyone is likely to say this, but my style icon genuinely is Audrey Hepburn.
    To me, she epitomises everything a woman should be - stylish, classy, elegant, refined.
    You could put the woman in a bin liner and she'd still look a million dollars.
    There was no one before, and there will be no one quite like her.

    I have followed your blog, and am following you on Twitter. I also tweeted about the competition.

    Thank you for such a great giveaway :)

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  7. Thank you!! Curves are way better than size 0!

    Thanks for the RT

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  8. My style icon would be hard to single out. I'm influenced by many people. Have you ever checked out the blog by Vintage Vixen http://www.vintagevixon.blogspot.com/. She just shows us all how to be brave with how you dress. Or a famous style icon of mine would be Dita Von Teese. Modern day with vintage inspiration. I wish I could always look so well groomed.

    It's a lovely dress BTW, don't think I'd squeeze into it either but would be perfect for my daughter for her School Ball. She's deperate to find something no-one else will be wearing. Vintage is the way to go for that !1

    I'm following your lovely blog, and just followed you on Twitter and re-tweeted (@medsdemon)

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  9. Hi, I'm going to be a bit un-vintage and say I love Kelly Brook's style - think she always knows how to make the most of her shape. And curves are best, definitely! Myleene Klass is anotehr good example - yummy mummy for sure.
    I would so love to own a vintage piece, and a dress at that - sounds perfect for me as I'm definitely smaller on top and larger on the bottom so struggle to ever find a dress that fits both!!
    Love your blog btw, have retweeted (I'm @stephc007)

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  10. thank you so much Steph!!! Kelly is a good example of someone who knows how to dress for her shape. Hence she is allowed!

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  11. You cannot get any more glamorous, vintage or sexier than Dita Von Teese. She has the perfect wasp shape for those glamorous 50's corsets and dresses.
    Am following your blog and have retweeted.
    @tiddles12

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  12. Dita is a modern day glamour heroine! would love to see one of her shows, thank you for entering!

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  13. If only i could dress like Twiggy in the 60s. But I can't. I'm a recent size 12 after having a baby 10 months ago and like you i have beautiful clothes in the wardrobe that no longer fit. I also have four weddings to go to this year, two 90th birthday parties, a 40th and my daughter's 1st birthday. I would make marvelous use of your dress :)
    So, back to Twiggy...my ode to her is lashings and lashings of mascara!

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  14. I adore Audrey Hepburn, but I'm currently liking Scarlett Johannson as she seems to be embracing 50's glamour with modern trends! The dress you're giving away is stunning btw! I've got my fingers crossed! x

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  15. marilyn monroe for me tweeted and following

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  16. My style icon is Gwyneth Paltrow, I think she is so elegant and stylish and wears incredible clothes that are both glamorous and chic.

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  17. Audrey Hepburn is my favourite - so elegant.

    I am following and have tweeted as @beachrambler.

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  18. I tend to go for the not so mainstream, unique and rock chic look! As far as a syle icon is concerned, I would say at the moment this would be Fearne Cotton. Completely unique style and not afraid to wear what she likes.

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  19. Marilyn Monroe, her clothes were epic, have followed you on twitter and here

    kathycakebread@gmail.com

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  20. Hi there, well, I am just commenting on your post, not officially entering the giveaway as I'm not the right size so would hate to deprive someone, but first of all, love the stories of the memories bound up in this dress, so important to look back on those crazy pre-mummy days - you've inspired my next post btw! - I already follow you here and on twitter. Who is my style icon? I think in fact it's my mum, so I am definitely out of the runnings as even she can't compete with Garbo and Audrey Hepburn!! Btw, I go to a fab vintage fashion fair first Sunday of every month at hammersmith town hall. Xx

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  21. My ultimate style icon has to be my grandmother, Florence. Never seen without her hat and gloves which were perfectly coordinated with her shoes and handbag.
    She had a very glamorous 1940s black embroidered dress that she apparently used to wear when out playing cards with her girlfriends. I tried the dress on many a time as a teenager (many moons ago) and, even though the dress now resides with my mother, I cannot resist taking a peak and dressing up in it each time I visit.

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  22. Audrey Hepburn of course, but also Grace Kelly and Princess Diana. It's not just a case of what they wore but the way they wore it! That appearingly effortless elegance that I can only aspire to.

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  23. Gwen Stefani is my style icon, shes fun, quirky and youthful, now in her 40's she can still pull of a young fresh style and looks good in pretty much everything, and she has a perfectly dressed tot too :)

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  24. audrey hepburn, she is classy and beautifully elegant, her classic style is still round today and will be for years to come. she is timeless.

    i also love the late great elizabeth taylors womanly gorgeous style in the 1950s and 1960s.

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  25. i love marilyn monroe she certainly used to know how to look good and her movies were great a pure definite style icon.

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  26. Marilyn Monroe because she had great curves & never tried to hide it

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