Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Dorothy sold this dress, but who is Dorothy? This dress comes from the famous New York City Drake Hotel that was on Park Avenue. The property is currently vacant; but back in the day, there was a dress shop called Dorothy's within the hotel and that is where this turquoise ruched taffeta mermaid dress was born! We are hoping some sophisticated blog reader may recall the boutique and share some anecdotes about it. There was a time when luxury hotels had chic boutiques that sold necessities other than chewing gum, magazines, and bottled water. As evidenced by this extremely delicious evening gown, Dorothy had a good eye and knew that sometimes a traveler received an 11th hour invitation to a gala and Dorothy could quickly find the perfect dress for a glamorous night out at the very last moment. Okay, honestly, we really don't know anything about Dorothy or what her boutique was like, but that's the fantasy we are going to paint for you. Regardless, this Anonymous dress is pretty fabulous. It has a Vicky Tiel vibe, but we think it is more likely a dress that pre-dates the 80s Vicky Tiel gowns. This dress may very well be from the late 1950s or early 1960s. The color is amazing and we all know how desirable evening dress are in bright colors. Plus it has a wrap...does anyone still wear a wrap? Yes, especially when it's chilly outside.

Anonymous turquoise ruched taffeta mermaid dress sold at Dorothy's in the Drake Hotel, possibly 1960s. Modern size 6

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