On the Dot!

Marilyn Monroe 1951 Polka Dot Bikini

America’s love affair with the polka dot might have started in 1926, when Miss America was photographed in a polka dot swimsuit.

In 1928, Disney introduced its cartoon darling “Minnie Mouse” wearing a polka dot dress and matching bow.  Minerva leans towards red, though it looks like she was open to color changes in 1930.

Throughout the 1930s, polka dot dresses appeared in stores, the fabric suddenly subversive, nipped in by ribbons and accentuated with bows.

In 1940, Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra’s ballad “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” captured the height of America’s polka dot mania — that spring, the Los Angeles Times assured its readers, “You can sign your fashion life away on the polka-dotted line, and you’ll never regret it.”

Christian Dior New Look 1954 Dot Dress

We can see ‘Rosie the Riveter’s’ polka dot bandana, continuing the theme through the early 1940’s.

Later in the decade, the polka dot pattern became more “highbrow” when Christian Dior released his “New Look” collection of hourglass dresses, many styles bedecked with dots. After a wartime period of shifting gender roles, Dior told Vogue that his collection sought “to make women extravagantly, romantically, eyelash-battingly female” again.  Hollywood followed suit, and the ladylike print fast became popular with actresses.

In 1951, Monroe was famously photographed wearing a polka dot bikini (top photo). Nine years later, the release of Brian Hyland’s hit song, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” brought polka dots back into vogue.

Brian Hyland “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”

dievca wears polka dots once in awhile, Master’s favorite is a retro day dress:

Collectif Caterina Shirt Dress

Paul Smith

A couple of polka dot scarves have joined dievca’s closet.

But she got distracted by a few polka dot items for this Spring and Summer:

The Garnet Hill Starlet is in dievca’s closet for summer and she is eyeballing the Lindy Bop Juliet for walking on Master’s arm when he returns to NYC.
Do you have anything polka dot you swear by?
XO


Vintage Wool Dress and Christopher Marlowe

(click on photo for purchase – Etsy)


BY CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE
Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove,
That Valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

And we will sit upon the Rocks,
Seeing the Shepherds feed their flocks,
By shallow Rivers to whose falls
Melodious birds sing Madrigals.

And I will make thee beds of Roses
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle
Embroidered all with leaves of Myrtle;

A gown made of the finest wool
Which from our pretty Lambs we pull;
Fair lined slippers for the cold,
With buckles of the purest gold;

A belt of straw and Ivy buds,
With Coral clasps and Amber studs:
And if these pleasures may thee move,
Come live with me, and be my love.

The Shepherds’ Swains shall dance and sing
For thy delight each May-morning:
If these delights thy mind may move,
Then live with me, and be my love.


Cute Circuit: how technology improves with time.

Going electric with “Cute Circuit – Wearable Technology

The History of LED fashion technology:

Katie Perry wore something to the 2010 Met Gala — a little awkward.

Nicole wore the  CuteCircuit Twitter Dress in 2012
— taking tweets all night long.

Claire Danes wore Zac Posen’s LED dress to the Met Gala in 2016

It’s different, unique and not something that dievca is wearing for Master any time soon.


Hooking up with Balmain

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Sexy Fun for a Saturday Night Presentation Outfit!


Out of Stock: Mod Presentation

O-Ring pull at Collar √
Full, easy-access Zipper √
Short Mini-Skirt √
Sexy, Sassy, Mod √
Perfect Presenting Outfit for your Master

No longer available….

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Sleeveless midi dress | Two-way zipper for adjustable slit length | Collar zips from a standard to a turtleneck | Our matching Kahn belt is available for a fitted preference

*The Asawa dress in rust suede only comes sleeveless with mini and midi length options. Adjust your fabric choice to see more sleeve and length variations.

– Nickel zipper with circular pull
– Two square front pockets on either side of zipper
– Additional Kahn belt 64″L x 1.5″W
– Fully lined
– Exterior: 100% PES
– Liner: 100% PES
– Made in Los Angeles
– Dry clean only

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STAUD Clothing: Asawa Dress


(Asking for opinions, please!) A lot going on – two Alexanders

dievca always has her eyes open for new dresses (at least new to her…) and she’s one who looks good in army green, mustard yellow, burnt orange, rust — Fall colors. (sigh, puke colors)

she ran into this Alexander McQueen Green Draped Goddess Mini Dress for McQ from Fall 2010.

A draped goddess style, but short. That’s not a worry – dievca is short.

It is a press sample Size 6

Bust 38″ Waist 26′ Hips 40″ Length 36″

Coming for the UK, its on offer for $300 and $14 shipping.

So, dievca’s question is…with that draping, is that going to be too much going on for a short, curvy, muscular body? Or is that going to look fabulous?  dievca sees black or brown high heeled sandals for dress up or flat leather sandals for casual. Maybe even boots!

She does think it is an easier piece to wear than the Alexander Wang 2008 dress she picked up at at a Barney’s Warehouse sale years ago for $80 and hasn’t worn…

 

Honestly, both have a lot going on….maybe dievca should avoid both.
Any thoughts?

The first dress can be found at 1stDibs (click here), the 2nd is in dievca’s closet…


Learning to say “No”….

dievca didn’t realize that she had said, “Yes” to so many Holiday Events.  she wasn’t paying attention and she didn’t put everything into her calendar in a timely manner.  Payback is a …. bear, when you don’t pay attention.

So, here are the three Holiday Event Dresses – that went into rotation for 6 events.

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Aidan Mattox Beaded Cocktail Dress – Navy and Gunmetal

Gunmetal T-Bar Heels, Sheer Navy Stockings, Navy Silk Scarf, Gunmetal Grey Clutch
French Roll, Navy Drop Earrings, Red Lips
Burberry Camel Wool Trench, Navy Knit Gloves

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Norma Kamali Vintage Studded BodyCon Dress

Black Manolo Blahnik Pumps, Simple Black Clutch, No Stockings
Wild Curly Hair, Cat Eyes, Silver Stud Earrings
Isabel Marant Grey Faux Fur Coat, Black Cashmere Scarf, Black Leather Gloves

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NU by Mark Anthony Velvet and Ponte Dress

Stuart Wietzman Black Patent Croc 50/50 Boots, Black Tights, Gold Clutch
Slicked Black Short Hair, Gold Oval Hoop Earrings, Red Leather/Rhinestone Cuff
Dolce & Gabbana black heavily Beaded Coat, black leather gloves

The good news?  The events with the same dresses didn’t have any crossover guests, so the outfits were “fresh” to the corresponding crowd. And dievca didn’t have to think too hard about outfits once the initial planning was done.

The bad news? dievca is really tired and she has to pack and travel soon. she would like to just sit and … be.
Next year will be better….Next year dievca will say, “NO”~