Category Archives: Fashion History

Jessica McClintock: The Fashion Icon Behind Gunne Sax

Her passion was fashion. For many, hearing the name “Jessica McClintock” is synonymous with Gunne Sax. Although Jessica McClintock was educated as a teacher, her love for textiles, sewing and fashion was born within her. Her grandmother, the artist Verna Hedrick, gave her a foundation of skills which would later blossom into a fairy tale […]

Vintage Clothing Sizes. Vanity Sizing. Never the Twain Shall Meet.

Oh no! Why can’t I fit into my vintage dress?! Sound familiar? For lovers of vintage clothing, we’ve all been there. A Fashion Fairytale (or Nightmare) Begins… For many of us, while we acclimated ourselves to the “new normal” brought on by the tumultuous times we’re living in, we yearned for a simpler way of […]

Vintage Gunne Sax Dresses Are a 1970s Fashion Icon & So Much More

Someone asked me why I love vintage Gunne Sax dresses. The answer is simple. They remind me of my mom. Gunne Sax…Calico…Sheer Love Calico, to me, is synonymous with comfort and love. The instant I run my hands over a vintage Gunne Sax dress or feast my eyes on one, I’m instantly taken back. Way […]

Gunne Sax Dresses. Laura Ashley Frocks. Those Were the Days.

Gunne Sax. Laura Ashley. Long, flowing, floral dresses with lots of lace, ruffles, calico…and memories… It was a golden age to be young. A Resurgence of All Things Gunne Sax The resurgence of the popular styles from the 1970s and 1980s is like a healing balm. For the most part, those of us who grew […]

Cottagecore Beckons a Return to the Simple Life

The pandemic, the protests, the politics…life seems on overwhelm for everyone. People are searching for some sort of ‘normalcy’ to their lives, only to discover that, for the most part, life as we had known it, is history. What is Cottagecore? As folks look for comfort, relaxation and a sense of well-being, many are attracted […]

Vintage Laura Ashley Dresses Evoke Memories of Simpler Times

Ah…old-fashioned, romantic English-style dresses…full of showy garden florals, cozy calico prints, giant puff sleeves, ruffles, roses and quaint country charm. Though vintage Laura Ashley fashions were always popular, it seems more recently that for many, the pandemonium brought on by the pandemic has seen a return of femininity at its fullest. A staple of the […]

Vintage Gunne Sax Dresses: The Epitome of Romantic Prairie Chic

Vintage Gunne Sax Gunnies Skirt

“I sell romance and fantasy.” –Jessica McClintock, 1984 Perhaps no clothing label is as renowned as Gunne Sax is for its Victorian styling, ruffles and lacy, romantically feminine dresses. Our closets are chockfull of the beloved calico prints immortalized by the Gunne Sax brand in prairie chic Gunnies skirts and flowing, ethereal hippie gowns fit […]