Monday, February 02, 2009

February Nostalgia



Photographs from past decades of Victoria Magazine



February 89 issue


February 89




February 89 or 90


February 89


1989 This looks like a house plan from the Victorian architect, Andrew Jackson Davis, that I have written about on this blog before. This was one of the first house plans ever printed in the Victoria magazine.


This designer, as well as Lanz and Nancy Johnson, created beautiful, feminine clothing (with sleeves!) While I know that J.M. has moved on to a different style of design, I have not found any trace of Nancy Johnson, on the web, who designed for Sax Fifth Avenue.

11 comments:

HISchild said...

I wore the dress in the middle of the Jessica McClintock ad!!

We got married in July of 1989.

I miss dresses like that!

shekinahhvac said...

Wow, what a journey back. My Mother-In-Love wore the dress in the middle for our wedding in 1991. I have that dress now, she has given it to me for my 4 daughters.

Thank you for sharing!
Blessings

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

Love the cover of Victoria and looking forward to browsing through it, snuggled up in my home with a hot cup of tea!

Many blessings...

Lady-in-the-Making said...

How beautiful! We need to bring those kind of magazines back. Even though Victoria is being published again, it seems that most other magazines don't celebrate femininity anymore!

Robin said...

Loved 80's fashion. As crazy as some of the styles were, modesty and feminity were never a problem back then. In college, we girls dressed better than most people now dress to go to work. Pity.

ladiestea said...

I had a Jessica McClintock wedding dress that was a jacket/top and skirt, so similar to these 3 in the photo. It makes me want to sew some of these. The look isn't just Victorian- it's forever feminine and always will be. Thanks for this post. I think we all need a few of these outfits. Elizabeth.

Domestically Inclined said...

Ph, do you remember when clothing designers used to make feminine looking clothing?! I do not find much in the femine way now in the stores. Thank the Lord He has seen fit to let me learn how to sew.

Anonymous said...

Wow that is so nice. I have been looking at some 70's and 80's patterns. Granted there were some bad styles back then they had more options for feminine dress than today. I am crazy about the Granny dresses of the 70's, the Laura Ashley dresses, and many 80's styles like your picture. We generally think of the 50's as the model of feminity. The 50's were feminine but the dresses on the the picture look better than some 50's dresses.

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

I hope to scan in more dresses from the 80's designers. For the first time in nearly 100 years, dresses were really feminine and were long--really long, much longer than the 50's.

Anonymous said...

Every time I see a young woman dressed in skintight jeans that cut into her flesh, a drab coloured t-shirt and flip flops, I remember the beautiful clothes that were available in the 1980's. Sure, there were some extreme styles and excesses, particularly in hairstyles, but that is true of every decade. But the colours were lovely, including many flattering jewel tones and clear pastels, and the cuts were flattering to the feminine figure. I can still remember outfits I wore then and the compliments I received on them. It was during that time that the book "Color Me Beautiful", all about choosing the right colours to flatter different complexions and hair colours came out.

Thank you for posting this picture. It brought back some nice memories, and made me very thankful that I am able to sew, and have long since stopped worrying about following fashion.

Civilla said...

I remember those, too, and Victoria magazine is re-publishing, I don't know if you knew that. It is just as good as it ever was. Yes, I had forgotten how many clothes were feminine in the 80's. What happened?

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