Thursday, December 10, 2015

Guest Post : Patti of WildWoodRose Vintage | A quest for Vintage Dior

Another wonderfully talented WESTie, Patti of WildWoodRose Vintage, lets us in on a fashionably tall tale - her quest for vintage Dior both near and far from brisky Winnipeg. Read along and let WEST know, what floats your boat, makes your knees knock, your liver quiver?

I recently found myself in a place that I vowed I would never, ever set foot in. Las Vegas! I was sent to Vegas for 5 days of classes that I had been unable to attend for three years. While the classes were important to me, the location certainly was not. In order to avoid the smoke filled casinos and the hoards of drunk gamers every evening, I started to wander the halls of the high end shops on the strip. Hours and hours of walking always led me to the same place. The House of Dior. My love affair with Mr. Dior started many years ago and now it has become a very passionate pursuit. The researching, reading and engrossed documentary watching has begun... full steam ahead!

Fashion design is something that has always intrigued me but has also eluded me due to different circumstances and choices that have been a part of my life. I now sit and I too old to go back to school? Do I have the talent to design and create in a world so very different from the realm of costume design in film? Maybe this is why I often go on the hunt for incredible vintage dresses instead of setting foot into a classroom full of twenty-somethings. I think Mr. Dior is telling me that it's my job to help bring vintage fashion back to the mainstream by mixing it with the contemporary fashions of today.

 My hunt for vintage Dior has brought me moments of sheer exhilaration. While digging in Winnipeg seemed an impossible task, I was able to score two incredible Dior pieces, one of which now lives with a renowned stylist to the stars in New York City. Part of my latest addiction in vintage exploration is to follow the estate auctions online. I am always enthralled with the auction of Dior's more famous pieces. Elizabeth Taylor's Dior dress and matching handbag recently sold for seventy times the appraised value. Oh to find a piece like that! The pursuit continues...

While I continue my quest for vintage Dior I am also focusing on my education. Today my classroom is Google and tomorrow may lead me in a different direction. In the meantime, I have started a new love affair with Raf Simons, Dior's latest designer. Raf is bringing Mr. Dior's original designs back to life within his latest collections. 
I share with you now a few tantalizing treats by the House of Dior. 

Official Trailer ~ Full Documentary Available on Netflix

Patti Henderson

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Twitter @wwrvintage

1 comment:

  1. This year I found and sold a vintage dior silk scarf (probably too cheap...), it isn't the same as a gown. I am always surprised by what kind of labels are floating around in the city:) Hope your journey leads to something great.


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