Some pals threw a 50s/Eames party the other day, which was a wonderful opportunity for two things – 1. to attempt a few specifically 50s party treats and, more importantly, 2. to break out a vintage cocktail dress I purchased 10 years ago, but have never worn.

When I was a sophomore in high school, I discovered the magic of Ebay. I spent most of my digital time perusing  listings for out of print 45s of obscure English dark wave bands and first editions of pretentious literature. It wasn’t until my senior year, with prom looming on the horizon, that I began delving into options for fabulous prom dresses. Being that my income was solely generated by babysitting, I figured Ebay was my best bet.

I had visions of frothy layers of chiffon, fitted bodices and candy colors. And after a few short weeks… I found it! A beautiful 50s confection at a ridiculously low starting price. I bid (and bid and bid) and 5 days later, it was mine!

And then, I decided to forgo prom in favor of a once in a lifetime chance to see my then favorite band perform in the US for the first time in 10 years. Screw prom, I thought, but what to do about this magnificent frock?!

In completely predictable Laurie fashion, it sat in my closet for many years. Until Saturday!

Dress – Vintage
Shoes – Paul Smith
Apron – Vintage

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