|Ron's painting, and yours truly. Photo by Ron Spears|
The story of this dress is fantastic. Several years ago my mom and I attended a Gatsby Picnic sale, where we shopped various vendors for dresses, patterns, table settings, picnic baskets, etc., to prepare for the famous Gatsby Picnic in Oakland, CA, in September. Somehow my mother found, crumpled in the bottom of a paper bag, this wad of mint green silk. The wad had interesting trim, and the vendor thought it could be salvaged, so sold the wad to Mom for $10.
What it turned out to be was an incredible soft green, very early 20s or teens dress, made of creamy silk charmeusse (that's a guess on my part), and silk chiffon. The sleeves were shredded and appeared to have already been altered at some point, and the entire thing was absolutely filthy. Mom gave it a good cleaning, and removed the sleeves. She stabilized some of the silk on the inside, where it was beginning to shatter, and took the stress off the shoulders by pinning ribbons to the staybelt (yes, it has a staybelt!).
|Here's the dress, worn by Mom (right), to the Gatsby 2005.|
|The dress fits Mom much better than me.|
|Ron's painting in-progress|