In My Wildest Dreams....

Dreaming of DiorPlanning the Fall picks as we speak, but still pumping out the swimwear and remaining frocks. In the meantime, I have to share this book with you all because it has so inspired me!! Dreaming of Dior is the true and remarkable story of author Charlotte Smith and the 5,500 piece vintage collection that she inherited from her "fairy" Godmother, Doris Darnell. It represents over 23 different countries and is considered to be one of the largest private collections in Australia.

The collection features several highly reconizable 20th century designers such as Lucile, Vionnet, Dior, Chanel, Balenciaga, Pucci, Jean Muir, Zandra Rhodes, Westwood, Versace, Dolce & Gabana and Jil Sander among many other names.

I have a dream that I absolutely adore and it goes like this... I walk into an estate sale on the Upper East Side of New York City. I am the first attendee to arrive and there sits a frustrated grandson looking at the heaps and heaps of vintage Chanel, Dior, etc. that have been left in the estate of his deceased grandmother. He looks to me with an overwhelmed look in his eye and says, "Will you take it all off of my hands, I'll give it to your for $1.00, 50 cents even" and then I wake up. Suffice to say that Ms. Smith is living my wildest dream!! If you are a TRUE lover of Fashion, this book is a must have. It is fashion to the CORE with beautiful illustrations by renowned fashion illustrator, Grant Cowan and personal anecdotes about each dress that any woman can relate to. 

Happy reading!!

Monique, Twirl Vintage Co.


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