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Lanvin’s Feminist Decade

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Bustown Modern, a constant source of vintage inspiration and great finds, published an astute blog post last year called “Lanvin’s Invisible Decade,” which you can read in its entirety¬†here. While Bustown dismisses the label’s ubiquitous shirt dresses from the 1970s, we here at This Week’s Look take a different view. Those iconic, printed shirt dresses Lanvin churned out during the disco era may not represent the pinnacle of fashion, but those stretchy, often polyester, frocks reflect a rarely seen facet of the ’70s. They offer us a rare look at what every day women were wearing to work, to the grocery store, to pick up the kids, prepare meals, to do basically everything because, while moms were working, dads still felt entitled to do less around the house. As such, fashion had to be comfortable, versatile, easy to launder, and affordable.

So this week, we pay homage to Lanvin’s Feminist Decade, which is certainly not as titillating as the glamorous disco-era fashions of the ’70s, but a fitting tribute to all those women who work hard for the money. So hard for it, honey.

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Vintage 1970s Lanvin iconic logo shirt dress with matching belt from SararaVintage on etsy. $200.

Vintage 1970s Lanvin equestrian-print, shirtdress with matching neck tie and belt, purchased on eBay for $25.

Vintage 1970s Lanvin equestrian-print, shirt dress with matching neck tie and belt, purchased on eBay for $25.

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Vintage 1970s Lanvin op art shirt dress with matching belt from recollectvint on etsy. $170.
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Vintage Lanvin shirt dress with matching belt on eBay. Current bid $100.

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Vintage 1970s feline print Lanvin shirt dress on eBay. Current bid $189 (close up of print below).

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Vintage 1970s silk Lanvin dress with trumpet sleeves and ruffled hem from Revolveexchange on etsy. $156.

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Vintage 1970s Lanvin logo shirt dress from Bustown Modern. $140.

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Vintage 1970s Lanvin creamy shirt dress in a satiny print (see close up of fabric below) from verybestvintage on etsy. $62.

Vintage 1970s Lanvin creamy shirtdress in a satiny print (look closely to see this great pattern and detail) from verybestvintage on etsy. $62.

Close up of the above vintage 1970s Lanvin creamy shirt dress in a satiny print from verybestvintage on etsy. $62.

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Vintage 1970s geometric print Lanvin maxi dress with matching neck tie from BlackPearlVintage on etsy. $125.

Vintage 1970s op art print button down shirt from Threadhunter on etsy. $35

Vintage 1960s-70s op art print button down shirt from Threadhunter on etsy. $35

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Fashion Files: The Golden Age of the Secretary

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After several notorious decades of stenography and coffee fetching, the office secretary eventually became extinct after the 1980s, replaced by administrative assistants and executive assistants. The title of secretary has since been relegated to condo association boards and official cabinet positions like Defense Secretary. Yawn.

To honor our fallen foremothers, today we revisit the Golden Age of the Secretary, from the wiggle skirts of the 1950s to the puffy sleeves of the 1980s. Click on each image below to see the listing. And hold my calls.

50s-era embellished brocade satin dress on eBay. Starting bid $112.

50s-era emerald green wiggle dress in raw silk on eBay. Starting bid $19.99.

50s-era bronze and black plaid secretary dress on eBay. Buy it Now for $24.95.

50s to 60s double-breasted secretary dress in lime green on eBay. Starting bid $16.12.

50s to 60s atomic knit secretary top and skirt on eBay. Starting bid $19.99.

60s orange ruffled secretary dress on eBay. Starting bid $14.99.

60s secretary dress with scarf on eBay. Buy it Now $49.99.

60s silver floral brocade dress on eBay. Starting bid $14.99.

60s two piece secretary suit on eBay. Buy it Now $15.99.

60s to 70s secretary mini dress with ascot and pleats on eBay. Starting bid $9.99.

70s floral peaches and cream secretary dress with tuxedo trim on eBay. Starting bid $9.99.

70s striped secretary blouse on eBay. Starting bid $9.95.

70s stripey secretary dress with pussy bow on eBay. Starting bid $9.99. Buy it Now for $18.

70s accordion secretary dress with ascot tie on eBay. Starting bid $13.99.

70s to early 80s blue and white striped secretary dress on eBay. Current bid $8.05.

80s sheer navy blue secretary dress with Peter Pan collar and cuffs on eBay. Starting bid $19.99.

80s light pink tuxedo secretary dress with wide cuffs on eBay. Starting bid $9.99.

80s purple tiger print peplum secretary dress on eBay. Starting bid $14.99.

80s secretary polka dot blouse with ascot tie on eBay. Buy it Now for $32.50.

80s champagne secretary dress with ascot on eBay. Starting bid .99 cents.

Written by Verdell

July 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm