This dress, from vendor Emma Paige Designs, is the dress of my dreams, the dress that was sadly too small, is the dress that stole my heart at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show. Mint condition vintage Albert Nipon, this quickly snapped phone photo cannot even begin to do it justice. It was glorious in person. The fabric was beautiful and the colours vibrant and lovely. Of course, it was rather expensive for what I could afford, and even if it had been within the reach of my modest pocketbook, it was not my size. Although I almost had myself convinced to purchase it, if only to hang it on my wall and enjoy as simply a thing of beauty.
I visited it lovingly many times throughout our visit to the show, and when my friend Catherine and I would get separated, she quickly figured out that she could probably find me somewhere in the vicinity of the loveliness of this dress.
It was the kind of dress that had me envisioning the kinds of adventures we might have together. Worn with bare feet, and a pink silk scarf in my hair, wandering along the white sand beaches of PEI with an ice cream cone in hand. Pairing it with leather sandals and a jean jacket to go to the Byward market in late spring and summer for fresh fruit. I pictured myself in this dress wearing jingling golden bangles and sipping a glass of white wine at a garden party. Suffice to say, it was love, pure and simple. But alas, unrequited. I hope this beauty will find a truly happy home.