As I’ve started to buy more and more true vintage, I’ve found I now really value certain qualities when looking at vintage reproduction. These qualities will be that little something that makes a vintage reproduction piece seem slightly more authentic and one of these things is the fabric and more specifically, textured fabrics.
When buying true vintage, I find myself (like probably everyone else), really feeling and touching the fabrics of the items. It’s a wonderful thing to find a gorgeous vintage dress that has the most luxurious texture and weight to it as it’s something that is harder to come by in modern fabrics. I adore anything with a textured pattern to it and am very partial to a brocade. There’s definitely not much good quality brocade in the vintage reproduction world and that’s why I love the La Rosa Cocktail Dress by The House of Foxy.
It’s a timeless and elegant 1950s silhouette which is based on a original Italian vintage dress and been reworked. Made from a ultra luxurious midnight blue brocade fabric, La Rosa not only looks good but it’s also very comfortable thanks to the stretch in the material.
Featuring a soft cowl neck, underbust pleating, a fitted waist and box pleats, this dress is super flattering. Unlike a lot of my other 1950s style cocktail dresses, the skirt on this isn’t quite as full so I opted for no petticoat so that the box pleats would sit nice and flat. There’s certainly room enough to add a petticoat underneath, I’d just opt for a single layer one to add a touch of volume while still maintaining the skirts shape.
Due to the stretch in the material, I’ve actually sized down in the La Rosa. Even though my bust measurement would put me in a size 12 according to the size chart and I tend to wear a size 10 in most House of Foxy items, in this dress I’m actually wearing a size 8! The fit is perfect, it nips in at the waist beautifully meaning I don’t even need to wear a belt (which is very unusual for me!) and the bust is fitted but not too tight. I was concerned about the arms being tight given that I’d gone down two sizes but thankfully there was no problem at all. All in all, the fit is spot on and the only thing I’d change would be just a couple more inches added to the hemline – but that’s my personal preference.
When it came to accessorising the La Rosa, I decided to go for a black veiled fascinator with my clear Splendette jewellery. These pieces are so versatile and work so well for a more cocktail look.
The House of Foxy is one of my favourite vintage reproduction websites to look at or direct ladies too if they are wanting a more authentic vintage reproduction look. I especially love their focus on the 1930s and 1940s era since the market is already heavily saturated in 1950s styles.
The La Rosa Dress comes in sizes 8-18 and is £128. This is the only dress from The House of Foxy that features this beautiful brocade however there is a similar brocade in the 1940s Rita Hayworth Evening Dress which is a more of a sarong skirt. It’s seriously beautiful!
These images were taken in the absolutely gorgeous Fontaine’s in London by Ever Photography. I love all the blues of the dress and walls and then how my hair colour matches the wooden furniture – it all so perfect together! I’ve still got another couple of posts to come from this photoshoot (read the others here) and you can watch the Behind The Scenes video on my YouTube Channel!
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Disclaimer: Whilst this dress was gifted to me, I never accept anything that I do not truly love and all opinions expressed are honest and my own, The integrity and honesty of my blog is very important to me as are my readers.