2.20.2012

The Flamenco dress

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Oh hi. Yeah. 

Just a 1940s Flamenco dress. 

Y'know. Another day in the life. 

I found this beauty at an antique store this week, and fell in love with the wrinkly old cotton frock. I bought it without trying it on, the shape was a little lackluster on a hanger, but as soon as I put it on, I reeeeealy didn't want to take it off. But I ironed out the endless wrinkled ruffles, and then realized the base is just one big ruffled circle skirt, so I tried a petticoat. Then another. Then hey, why not? Another. 

I pinned them to my girdle for that fishtail look, and it worked out pretty well! 

I wore it to my mothers fabulous Italian party, and while Flamenco dance is Spanish, the colors match up with the Italian flag, sooooo, it works out alright. 

I've always wanted a Flamenco dress, I remember watching a festival on tv when I was a little girl and being completely enchanted by the mountains of ruffles. 

I'm just gonna go ahead and wear this all the time. 

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1940s Flamenco dress-Meadowlark Antiques

Everything else-Estate sales/thrifted

58 comments:

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

These are FANTASTIC pictures. The colours! Love the poses, too. x

Valerie Enríquez said...

I love the colors of the ruffles underneath, very Italian (and a little Mexican). I had to wear a similar dress as a kid, but it must be so much fun to wear it nowadays! x

Anna Miranda said...

You stunner!

two squirrels said...

Ruffles Ruffles and more Ruffles!!!! Happiness is that many ruffles!!!!!
Beautiful, Bella, señorita!!!!
V

Straight Talking Mama! said...

wow wow and more wow, I love it! I really love the colours too

esme and the lane way said...

Fabulous!

Charlotte said...

Brilliant dress! I really love the print too.

xx Charlotte
Tuppence Ha'penny Vintage

Mrs Molly Doll said...

This dress is lovely! A girl certainly needs ruffles in her life, thats for sure.
x Molly

Darleen Hope said...

Oh, I love it so much!! It looks amazing, really! ;D

contrary kiwi said...

So pretty! I love how many petticoats you own. I wish I could own just one even, but they are NZD$90 here. That's a bit much for one petticoat. Instead I bought a half slip for $2.50 :D

Cassie Stephens said...

Oh my, I love this on you! You look incredible...and the multiple petticoats -- genius! Love it.

Nelly said...

Oh wow just a tad jealous here lol Id be wanting to wear that all the time too and it so suits you.You look just stunning (but you always do )but really this is just perfect for you xx

DearHelenHartman said...

Amazing dress. It looks tailor made for you. I can see why you'd never want to take it off.

Emily said...

Amazing! You look like the real thing - loving the poses :p

Trina44 said...

Wow, you always have the best photos.

The Witchery Vintage said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Dance away!!!!

Sara said...

What a cute idea! The colors are great together.

art deco dame said...

The Spaniard in me fully approves of this!!

Q's Daydream said...

Ohhhhhhhhh, how gorgeous!

Joyness Sparkles said...

You look SO beautiful! I cannot remember the name of the movie, but you remind me of a dancing scene with Cyd Charisse, Ann Miller and Ricardo Montabaln...elegant, stunning and all of the above!

Danielle said...

Oh my gosh... I just fainted! That dress looks like soooooooo much fun to wear!

casey said...

Oh my gosh--was there ever a dress more suited to you, Solanah?! I just love it--it's dramatic and fun, and the colors are gorgeous. You look amazing! :) I've always loved Flaminco styles, and for a while toyed with the idea of using the Folkwear Flaminco dress pattern as a base for a ball gown to wear to the annual Navy Ball. ;) Hmm... Totally rethinknig that idea right now! hehe.

BaronessVonVintage said...

Fabulous!! The crinoline layers is BRILLIANT!

Circus Girl (Zoë) said...

Oh wow! I love it all! You look fantastic and your petticoats are such amazing colours! :) Perfect! x

Charlotte said...

I aggree with Valerie, I was made to wear flamenco dresses as a child and ended up hating them! Of course, back then they were unflattering and hardly stylish (wonderful idea you had there with the petticoats, they give yours a real modern flare. That 40s dress is beautiful, you should have seem some of the horrible dresses we were made to wear in the 80s!!). Nowaday's dresses are a totally different story, really elegant, seductive and dressy (designs by experts like Victorio & Lucchino can really blow your mind). Funny how a dress that was originally worn by peasants has become a bit of a luxury item, at least here in Spain.

Emma Litton said...

Ohhh, I love it! Such a fantastic find. The colors are amazing.

xo,
Em

Cherise said...

Oohh, I'm so jealous right now. That dress is a m a z i n g! :)

swirleygirley a vintage life said...

wow! what a find lady! such fabby colours, and yes, you should wear it all the time!!
Kimberley
xx

birdiebabe said...

Ooh,i love your dress,amazing!

Quinn B said...

WOW! What a dress! The tulle underneath in all of the pretty colors is fabulous! Somehow you wear this so well. You really pull it off, darling. Most others would look wacko. This was a really cool post! Thanks for sharing!

Purrfect Kat said...

YOU ARE STUNNING!!

http://purrfectkat.blogspot.com/

Lady Danburry said...

The best thing I've seen all morning.

Laurence said...

You look just amazing!!!!
I also love to wear vintage costume, you can participate to theme parties without being ridiculous just so elegant!!!!

Renee said...

That is an adorable dress and looks great on you. I love all the crinolines under the dress.

. said...

wow! it is amazing!

VintageDanielle said...

Oh my god, you look amazing. The dress looks like it was made for you! I hope you'll get more chances to wear it

KristiMcMurry said...

What an incredible dress! I love love love the floral print...I wish I had a skirt or top in that print.

Purdey Singleton said...

You look fantastic x

Ms.Tips said...

this dress was made for you. FABULOUS!!!

Miss Maple said...

A really gorgeous dress!

LandGirl1980 said...

Oh! how EXQUISITE!

Vintagehadhead said...

You look so adorable....i wish i also find once such a beautiful dress...
<3<3<3

I Art Fashion said...

You look stunning!
That dress was meant to be found
by you :)

MrsAmberApple said...

you look beautiful!

Lynn Brooks said...

love it. it's perfect on you.

Pinktutu said...

What a gorgeous dress! I love the petticoats and the lipstick too. You look amazing!

Dakota said...

That's truly one of the most amazing dresses I've ever seen!! You look stunning!

Haute On Vintage said...

My oh my, that dress is most fabulous. The arm holes are ingenious and your multi petticoats are perfect!

toridawn said...

in. love.

it's so very lovely. i wouldn't take it off either if i looked like that in it!

Zane said...

that dress is incredible

Jennifer Vance said...

That looks just amazing on you!
And you are very beautiful and have an amazing figure,if you don't mind me saying so! :)

aprettymess said...

it fits you perfect! thats so lucky! it is a gorgeous dress. so jealous!

Kelly-Marie said...

Amazing colours, I have to say that I am just a little jealous of this find. You make a splendid Senorita.

Lisa said...

FUN! You look amazing!

Sara said...

Love! The only thing I regret after visiting Spain several years ago is not coming home with Flamenco shoes. Your dress looks great!

Adin B said...

That is so fun and pretty! You always look great in everything you wear. So fabulous! :)

Adin B

Unknown said...

Love love love this dress!

Marion said...

You look gorgeous! Love your dress! Wonder if there's a mens clothing same as your dress. What I mean to say is same design.