Fashion Flashback in Charleston

Last night I attended the opening of Fashion Flashback, a brand new Exhibit at The Charleston Museum on meeting Street in Downtown Charleston. Full disclosure, I had actually never been to the museum before.  It has been on my cultural checklist for awhile, but while I’ve managed to do all the grand home and plantation tours, I haven’t gotten to this one yet.  So, the opening of this exhibit was the perfect opportunity to check it out, not to mention the dress code : )

I chose late 60’s as my “decade.” Which, aesthetically speaking is probably my favorite. Fashion still had some of the femininity of the 1950’s but the silhouettes became much more bold and streamlined and accessories (in particular jewelry) were bigger, more sculptural and less delicate.  I found my dress at the closing sale of an old costume shop in Charleston last year that used to supply vintage clothes to theater companies, it was a steal.  Late 60’s, silver and floor length, which I paired with a little faux fur jacket and some fun vintage jewelry including a bracelet that belonged to my grandmother and earrings from Lori Wyatt Vintage. (Sorry for the selfies but no one was at home to take a picture for me!)

I bumped into these lovely ladies, Jess and Susannah at the entrance.  Loved Susannah’s sequined 80’s dress had belonged to her mom and Jess’s entire 1930’s ensemble:

Also spotted was this detail on an original poodle skirt!

There were some stunning dresses in the exhibit, and I loved this color combination of these 1950’s party dresses as well as their flared, tulle skirts:

I was mainly taking in the women’s fashion, but this “Repeal 18th Amendment” men’s tie from the Prohibition Era was just too fun (image via @charlestonmuseum):

I was a little dissapointed there was almost no jewelry but the one piece they did have was this fabulous interlocking horseshoe bracelet set with rubies, diamonds and opals.  At first glance I thought it was the CHANEL logo before realizing it was horseshoes, and a gift from a European Royal to a Charleston grand dame in 1926.  I am thinking of redesigning all of my Candy Shop Vintage packaging to look like this : )

The exhibit runs through May 10th  and is really worth a visit.  I have some friends in town for a girl’s weekend next month and it’s the perfect pre-dinner or post brunch activity, easily walkable to or from the heart of downtown Charleston.

 

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