Lets talk vintage: Midge Maisel

In the influence of reading lots of Vogue Magazine editorial fashion in this time, I’m  lacking the sense of writing anything heavy or substantial beyond my means. The motivation just isn’t there! Instead, I thought I’d give fashion a run in my blog.

My obsession with vintage fashion has hardly lifted off in a material sense (I own one STUNNING Qantas Airline coat from the 1960’s, I’ve even found it online, at the Australian Airline museum, it cost me £3.20 on eBay, its the Orange one and I’m waiting for a Royal Wedding to wear it, or a trip to Lidl)

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I’m always on the look out for authentic vintage fashion, my prime eras being the 1950s/60s, but that is gold dust on the internet as it goes so quickly for so much *eyes water at some of the costs*. My mum on the other hand has over time bought back several 60s prom and wedding dresses, because I quote; “I felt sorry for them”.              I’ve got to note here, that the charity shop where my Grandma lives, practically gives things away they are that cheap, luckily for my mum she can continue to j adore wedding dresses, and they can continue to be stored in our house away from scissors.

I do think finding vintage abroad is one of the best feelings, its a part of that place and the stories behind it are just that little bit different. Last year in Los Angeles, I was with some friends on Pacific Avenue, directly across from the Venice Beach sign, and the most amazing dress appeared in the window of a shop. I’ve got a very smudgy image to entice you with my friend Nick in the mirror:

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This dress, THIS dress was $100, MY size and although it looks a bit frothy, it was perfection. If Rodarte had begun in the 1950s, this would have been an item showcased. I didn’t get it, because it would have required me buying another suitcase, and you know, student life, $100 although cheap for what it is, is still many many meals. It had come in that day, and it was probably gone that evening, snapped up by a stylist for a red carpet. Heaven.

This brings me to my *actual* post. Although vintage can make you grin from ear to ear, it is not always feasible to buy. Lets face it, the waists somehow seemed to be smaller back then, the zips are scratchy and the underskirts are basically a billopad. In places where people know it will sell, it can also be grossly overpriced, and people will buy it because it is simply a “one off”, a handmade piece that 60 years old and you will be the only person in the world to own it, kinda magical right? For these reasons, its an expensive hobby.

Alas, our favorite 1950s comedian, Midge Maisel, (If you are confused, watch The Marvelous Mrs Maisel ASAP) Has the best style on television. She might be stepping out in 1956, but that decade for fashion was in the midst of Dior’s “New Look” launching in 1947 and shaping the world of fashion globally to be more structured with romantic full skirts. Midge glides across New York with the intention of looking picture perfect, like many of the women in the 50s. There was a huge amount of pressure to look ‘polished’, depriving from the lack of luxury in the Second World War and the growing trends of magazines such as Vogue, Hapers Bazaar, and Vanity Fair. Filling the covers with Hollywood stars and models. It wasn’t all rosy though. These magazines and many more examples of media coverage continually left out important social and political events, their target audience being a certain type. Its easy to look at the 1950s and 60s as a period of glamorous fashion, but like every decade, there are deep issues that are rolled over. Thankfully we are better at learning from the past now and publications embrace and support everything and everyone.

But onward to the main event! The costume designs of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel are beyond impressive. Designer Donna Zakowska was a pre lover of Vintage before landing the role as costume designer, saying “My mother was a crazy person with the ’60s hats” some of which can be seen in the series. However, if you can’t get your hands on a stock of vintage hats and dresses, I’ve searched the internet high and low to find dupes for Midge’s outfits. *Lockdown is getting to me clearly*.

Lets start with the famous opening coat! I’m not sure I’d actually wear this, but I think the modern version is a lot more versatile in every day life. I’ve never been a pink person, but I shocked myself and did get a pink pea coat last year.

This coat is from Topshop, and on sale: https://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/clothing-427/jackets-coats-2390889/apricot-dropped-coat-9496248

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In season three we see Midge travel as a warm up act with Shy Baldwin. This brings on a ‘holiday’ theme of costumes for the audience to marvel at.

This scarf is from Asos and also on sale: https://www.asos.com/asos-design/asos-design-knot-front-headscarf-in-burgundy/prd/13614892?clr=&colourWayId=16551658&SearchQuery=red%20hair

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I  kinda love a bold coat, and the 50s embraced this. This green coat popped on the screen. Although not sure I’d go with the hat!

This green coat is from Monsoon, and yup also on sale: https://uk.monsoon.co.uk/view/product/uk_catalog/mon_1,mon_1.5/8507390751?gclid=Cj0KCQjwhZr1BRCLARIsALjRVQN3qQ3c7WgIT3ikKZVBxqngxmYE5i6LZkIkb_mgwrL8zzYWGPpCeMkaAoEvEALw_wcB

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It was really tricky finding a dupe for this yellow dress. Firstly I think its silk, and its also got that vintage neckline that you can’t really get nowdays. So I settled with an updated modern version for £12!

This yellow dress is from Dorothy Perkins: https://www.dorothyperkins.com/en/dpuk/product/dresses-5699972/midi-dresses-2312666/yellow-floral-print-midi-dress-8584015?&cmpid=ppc_pla_UK_ip&utm_medium=cpc&istCompanyId=e0b51aa7-96c9-4550-a6f3-56b61a0b5995&istFeedId=c532945a-4da7-45c5-b1d6-860a74ed3719&istItemId=wqqrxrwrw&istBid=tztx&gclid=Cj0KCQjwhZr1BRCLARIsALjRVQPlgouSQgmdHXpMC_VBDPj3G2u-jbQfJogBIQJiNweYlmdv4guj-1IaAo_rEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

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And finally, we have the most iconic dress from the series. The red divorce dress I like to call it. There was a perfect dupe online for £80, but I settled on this second best from Amazon for £29.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/bbonlinedress-Womens-Rockabilly-Sleeve-Vintage/dp/B072R4SPNF/ref=sr_1_10?dchild=1&keywords=red+1950s+dress&qid=1588009646&sr=8-10

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Thank you for reading! I appreciate this was a little different for my page, but I really enjoyed doing this and if you have any more television film/charecters I’d love to ‘wardrobe’ them!

Stay safe!


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