I grew up with a trunk at the foot of my bed and shared my closet space with long-dead grand aunts. I'd love to try on the velvet hats, or carefully unwrap, admire, and carefully rewrap the embroideries. Not to mention the quilt blocks, by the hundreds, that if not already sewn into one of the quilts under which we all slept, were stowed in the attic in still another trunk.
Alas, all lost in the fire.
Here's a woman in Texas who is lucky enough to still have her heirloom fashions, and it has inspired her to push even farther into the love of vintage fashion!
See if you are taken in to the article with the first few paragraphs, as I was:
JEFFERSON - Little girls have always liked to play dress up in the old prom dresses they find in their mother’s clothing trunk or in bridesmaid’s dresses stored in an attic. Marcia Thomas was fortunate to grow up in the historic city of Jefferson, where attics hold many such clothing treasures.
Her family, having arrived in Jefferson in the 1830s, was among the town’s early settlers. Her grandmother, Marie Vesta Brown, had many trunks filled with beautiful clothes made of exquisite fabrics and delicate laces and hats with veils and feathers.
“I liked to play in my grandmother’s attic and dress up in all the clothes that were stored there,” she said. “These were the dresses that belonged to the mothers and grandmothers, to all the women who went before me.”
Ms. Thomas never outgrew the need to surround herself with beautiful and unusual fashions. She insists that her creative energies come naturally because she was born into a family of productive people and grew up among interesting and loving relatives.
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