Vintage Wedding Dress Hunting
Hey everyone! So this coming weekend I am producing a faux wedding shoot. I have two models picked out and even the wedding dresses. Well, I thought I did. Randomly I walked into a thrift store on Friday in Dallas and found two amazing dresses. My goal was to find an old dress and a more modern one for less than $20. Yah, I know I live in a dream world.
Anyway, the owner of the shop said that if I was only going to be using the dresses one time for a shoot she would rent them out to me for $50. So I agreed. So today (Monday) I was driving to Aldi and remembered there is this thrift store on my way there that I have wanted to visit. The name of the store is called CitySquare and it’s located off Haskell.
In the back of CitySquare they have a purple room dedicated to nothing but formalwear. Here I was able to locate SEVERAL (what appears to be) vintage dresses. There were a number of them… prettier than the next, however, they were $10 over my price range. Since CitySquare doesn’t make a profit off any of the items in the (LARGE) store the prices were non-negotiable.
So I ended settling on the dress featured at the price of $32.46. I have asked my beautiful and well educated vintage connoisseur, SammyD, to help me find out more about this piece. I don’t know A LOT about vintage, but from what I learned from Sammy and Felicia was to research the union tag. The union tag is helpful because it helps date the piece. My union tag reads ILGWU AFL-CIO meaning that it was made between 1955-1995. So this dress is AT LEAST 16 years old. However, I think the dress was made between 1963-1974 based on the
VERY MINIMAL research that I have done. (I only got this dress 45 minutes ago).
I cannot read the maker of the dress. It starts off MAUR then other half is covered by the Union Tag (see picture below).
Okay… so I’m done typing… the pictures are below.