I originally found this beautiful brocade jacket during one of Retrostar Vintage Clothing’s much-loved warehouse sales. The fabric immediately reminded me of the costumery of Sophia Ford Coppola’s ‘Marie Antoinette’, mixed with the album cover of the Beatle’s ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band’.
It was only $10, and it was far too big for me, but it grabbed my attention and refused to let go.
So home with me it went!
On the drive home I thought I might be able to sell it online. When I was searching for details of the jacket’s history, I had a slight feeling it was from the sixties, and could possibly be part of a dress and jacket set. I found the dress to go with the jacket over at Etsy! Meanwhile, my gut was saying “no, keep it”.
I’m a firm believer that one should follow their gut, so I tried it on.
Initially I felt that it was wrong to resize such an old piece, but eventually, following some strategic pinning and imagining, the idea grew on me and I decided to take action! I’ve turned it inside out for most of these shots to give a very basic idea of what I’m planning…
I’ll be working on this jacket over a series of posts. If you’d like to follow along, be sure to keep visiting back here at Beehive Bespoke, or subscribe to my feed for updates!