Oscar Dresses of the Past

February 26, 2015

I won’t pretend that I freak out over The Oscars every year, and I was in fact at a friends house having a mexican n’ margaritas night on Sunday, nowhere near a television and totally okay with that. BUT, I always love seeing this image by The Big Group pop up each year with a breakdown of all the dresses worn by the Best Actress winners since 1929. Look at all these silhouettes! The waxing and waning of volume is so fun to see, don’t you think?

 

Oscar Dresses through the Ages | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

 

And take a look at 1958 and 1966 below: both of these ladies made their own dresses which is badass to an all new level. And both are incredibly gorgeous and not at all homely looking, to boot!

 

Oscar Dresses through the Ages | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

Oscar Dresses through the Ages | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

 

A few other favorites of mine are below.

 

Oscar Dresses through the Ages | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

 

From “Off the Rack” (in 1929 no less, you go girl!), I want to immediately imitate this look from the french-waved hair to the tunic-length sweater. And why haven’t I been wearing a scarf like this every day of my life? I really don’t know. I’m questioning everything…

 

Oscar Dresses through the Ages | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

 

I am human, and therefore adore all things associated in any way with Audrey Hepburn. This dress below by Givenchy (not Edith Head—who gets credit for this dress and all wardrobe from Roman Holiday  for political reasons only…another story for another time), I believe launched the lifelong relationship between Hepburn and Givenchy (correct me if I’m wrong fellow Hepburn lovers) — and I love that it is a modified version of the dress from the Roman Holiday film itself. Did I mention I love Audrey? I. Love. Audrey.

 

Oscar Dresses through the Ages | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

(Hepburn photo copyright Bettman / CORBIS)

Oscar Dresses through the Ages | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

 

I love the relaxed fit of the top of Elizabeth Taylor’s gown paired with the cinched rosette-adorned waist and ornately embroidered skirt. Yes, yes, yes please.

 

Oscar Dresses through the Ages | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

Oscar Dresses through the Ages | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

 

Layers of flowing chiffon. Billowing silhouettes. Always and forever, I love the 70s. That decade just nailed layering and drape so well. Also, parents-to-be: can we bring the name Faye back in? It’s beautiful.

 

Oscar Dresses through the Ages | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

 

And of course, Meryl Streep, who has such broad appeal that she surely has the greatest chance of pleasing all were she to run for president.

I’ve got to throw honorable mentions to winners from recent years who donned some gorgeous vintage designer pieces, namely Julia Roberts in vintage Valentino in 2001 and Reese Witherspoon in vintage Christian Dior in 2006. And I’m still drooling over Jennifer Lawrence’s Christian Dior gown from 2013 and Cate Blanchett’s Armani Prive gown from last year — those two will surely stand the test of time when some future genius puts together a round-up of vintage Oscar gowns and is all “these gowns from waaaayyyy back in the twenty-teens, they really knew how to copy other decades well, #amirite?” or however people will talk in fifty years.

Do you fine readers have a favorite Oscars look?

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To see even more thorough breakdowns of gowns of Oscars past, take a browse here and here.

Monday Motivation | 03

February 23, 2015

Monday Motivation 03 | Millay Vintage - All Things Lovely

 

After cozying up with some good friends last night in their new home breaking bread, sharing laughs, and staying warm against the cold slush that has overtaken Philly these past few days, I came back with a renewed appreciation for winter. The arctic temps that have defined life on the east coast these past several weeks have often left me grumpy and counting down the days until spring, but this quote reminds me to not wish these days away: to pause and appreciate these frozen (literally) moments unfolding before us in these last days of winter.

Friday Favorites | 06

February 20, 2015

Happy Friday everyone! I woke up today to weather that (as the meteorologists tell me) “feels like -18 degrees” which basically means that the very thought of going into the poorly heated MV Studio for work makes me shiver to my core. So I’ll be trying to get as much work done at home next to my space heater before heading in, thank you very much.

In any case, what better way to to communally TGIF than to admire all the ladies who have braved the cold and pulled together some amazing ensembles in the midst of this frozen tundra? Here are a few of my favorite street style looks from New York Fashion Week. I’m seeing lots of 60’s and 70’s inspired fashion, with geometric shapes, bold colors, and flared trousers.

Which is your favorite?

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To check out loads more NYFW street style photos, see the massive round-up that Because I’m Addicted assembled.

Cheers to the weekend! xo.

Lately

February 19, 2015

Lately | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

 

I blame it on the cold that knocked me off kilter several days back, and then the frenzy called playing catch-up that overtook me afterwards, but in that whirlwind, my momentum of posting regularly on this journal got lost. But no worries, I’m back with a vengeance and plan to be creating a bit more over on this space because damned if I don’t enjoy it, friends.

Aside from a dastardly cold, here are some things that happened of late:

+ We released a new collection in the shop

+ I picked up a batch of the beautiful blooms shown above from the lovely Philadelphia talent that is Heidi’s Bridge

+ I picked up a multi-phase interior design project, of which I’ll be sharing bits of here in weeks to come

 

I hope you all have been staying healthy and loving life! Feel free to catch me up on your happenings in the comments. I’ll leave you with a peek at a few of my favorites from our new collection! xo

 

1960s Strawbridge Mod Coat | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

1960s Strawbridge Mod Coat

1950s Beaded Collar | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

1950s Beaded Collar

1910s Lace Gown | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

1910s Antique Lace Gown 

Mid Century Woven Tapestry | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

Mid Century Woven Tapestry

1950s Regency Pair of Lamps | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

1950s Regency Pair of Lamps

1970s Silk Bohemian Blouse | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

1970s Silk Bohemian Blouse

1950s 1960s Lord & Taylor Frock | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

1950s 1960s Lord & Taylor Frock (you have to see the little surprise inset!)

1930s Silk Peasant Blouse | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

1930s Silk Peasant Blouse

 

Emerald Envy

February 5, 2015

Once upon a time, a friend of mine added two green velvet pillows to her bed and earth stood still. Time moved in slow motion, my heart started racing, and I knew I had to do everything in my power to distract her so I could stuff the pillows under my shirt and steal them for myself forever.

I’m kidding about stealing them. (Or am I?) And about the earth and time thing. But  I’ve definitely got a bit of a crush developing on this emerald green. So much so, that I recently scooped up an emerald green vintage chair for my studio.

As an ode to my newly found emerald envy, I thought I’d share some of my favorite emerald sightings of late. Humor me, won’t you?

Emerald Envy | Millay Vintage - All Things Lovely

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Emerald Envy | Millay Vintage - All Things Lovely

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Emerald Envy | Millay Vintage - All Things Lovely

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Emerald Envy | Millay Vintage - All Things Lovely

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Emerald Envy | Millay Vintage - All Things Lovely

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Emerald Envy | Millay Vintage - All Things Lovely

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xo.

Instaglance | 09

February 4, 2015

I’m always amazed at how quickly the month of January slides by us. It is a month where we all hit reset, build some new goals, and feel for a moment that the new year before us is brimming with promise and potential. But then you blink, and the month has whizzed by, and you are no longer dipping your toes in that blissful pool of possibility—you are swimming in the deep end wading through the thick of 2015.

January 2015 Instaglance | Millay Vintage - All Things Lovely

That’s why I like to pause each month and do a little instaglance at the four weeks that passed.

Cheers to February, the shortest month of the year. May it propel us into warmer weather quickly please!

xo.

 

P.S. / If you like what you see above, be sure to follow along on Instagram!

Monday Motivation | 02

February 2, 2015

 

Monday Motivation 02 | Millay Vintage - All Things Lovely

 

Yesterday I ran across this video of Principal Dancer Misa Kuranaga of the Boston Ballet and must have put it on repeat about ten times. While it is actually a campaign for a skincare line (what?), the words gave me chills, penetrated me to my core, and reminded me that everyday is a battle of facing the expectations others put on us, that society at-large demands of us, and of those we put on ourselves. A battle of comparison, of not measuring up, of not being enough, and even more distinctly — of not being the right fit.

I’ve found myself buckling under those expectations lately, buckling under the weight of all my dreams and goals, and this video just gave me a wonderful reset. It reminded me that the most insanely beautiful moments are the unexpected ones — the ones where you break a glass ceiling (whether a big societal one, or a secret personal one) — and overcome what felt impossible. And that, my friends, only happens when you believe in yourself, mute the naysayers in your head, look beyond the well-paved road, and put in the long, hard work of pushing towards whatever it is that makes you come alive.

Don’t let the little dictators of life push you into any corners — rather, get out there and make your own luck and know that you one hundred percent can control what you do and don’t listen to, and that can make a world of difference. #changedestiny

 

 

Cheers to another Monday — may we all take it by storm!

xo.

 

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