Friday, April 15, 2011
Idea: vintage carriage as accessory
Is that weird? Lisa Conner's mom makes it look so cool.
Conner of Denver, CO sent this incredible shot of her mom Gail Owen Freeman in the mid 1960s:
"My mother was raised in a small town (Lubbock Tx to be precise), and met my father, a New Yorker, when he was stationed in San Antonio, TX -she was finishing up college there. After a whirlwind romance, they got engaged and then married, and she hightailed it out of her dusty small town life for a glamourous life in NYC on Park Avenue with him. She fully embraced city life and was so excited to flex her fashion muscles in a place she found thrilling, exciting and glamorous. My mom was simply out for a stroll with my brother, her first born, at Central Park, and look how she is so done up!
She was fully into the role of being a Manhattanite--real leopard coat (matching pillbox hat left at home)--as much as it bugs me that it is real, it was passed down from her mother-in-law, and back then there was not the stigma attached to it as there is today (and should be!). She has some big tortoise glasses in her hand. She always had a penchant for oversized sunglasses, hats and fantastic accessories, and does to this day.
I wish she had more of her wardrobe from back then. No doubt I'd be pillaging many finds. Sadly, she was storing all of her gorgeous clothes-much of it couture-in a house next door to them that in the eighties, and someone pulled up with a van one night, broke in and stole all of her dressier clothing, couture, gowns, jackets, etc. What was worse than losing the monetary value of all those collectibles was losing the memories and the collection that connected her to memories of her exciting past. Each outfit had a specific set of memories as to when it was worn and what was going on in her life at that particular time. Each garment was a milestone in the museum of her past."