Monday, August 08, 2005

Mervyn's Gown

She might have disapproved of the party, she probably would have disapproved of my haircut, and she definetely would have disapproved of my date. But I know my grandmother would have been beyond thrilled to see me wear her dress.

Emily Mervyn McKaskill was always dressed to impress. Even towards the end of her life, she wore Liberty blouses, Fletcher Jones kilts and Pringle jumpers on a daily basis. I was 11 years old the first time I ever saw her wear a pair of trousers, but even they were half of a rather smart traveller's outfit. When she died in 2001, I flew to Australia for the funeral. Afterwards, a lot of different women (family and friends) divided up her fashions and jewelery. I got first pick of her wardrobe, keeping about 20 kilts, many finely knit wool cardigans and jumpers, two suede suits, scarves and numerous coats and blazers. One of my treasures was this dress, hand tailored for my gradmother in the late 60s. It's rose pink satin with black and gold embroidered bouquets.

Wearing this dress makes me want to strive to be the sort of lady-like granddaughter that she would have approved of, which is almost impossible for a modern girl to be.

Ready for the Prom

Can you tell I'm sucking in?

8 comments :

huy said...

classic hotness... i wish i had a dress like that.

Hikaru said...

huy: lollers, i think you couldn't pull it off as well as A, even if she's sucking in, heh.

A: are you wearing a corset, or is the ribbing built into the dress?

i dunno about striving to be the young lady your grandmother might have approved of -- sinful out-of-wedlock relations with an Oriental, of all things... ;)

somewhere during the push for equality, the feminist agenda seemed to have thrown away the value of a lovely dress...

goyaboy said...

You look lovely, gorgeous--you wear the dress and haircut well.

nicole said...

you look gorgeous, Andrea. Your grandmother had fabulous taste (and so do you)! Looks like you stepped off the set of an Audrey Hepburn film ;)

Andrea said...

Thanks for the compliments, guys! I felt pretty special and Hepburn-ish in the dress although my vital organs were being crushed. There was no corset or ribbing in there, it is just a very narrow waisted dress. The darts sewn at the wait were reinforced enough to hold me in.
In my defence, I'm not a *huge* girl, I'm just a bit thick around the middle, and the dress was tailored for my super-slender grandmother...
Yes, Nan was a strict lady with an old-fashioned view of the world. I once ordered a glass of beer at a restaurant with her and she was absolutely mortified (women shouldn't drink beer). She was always ticking me off for something or other, and buying me clothes and shoes etc to make me more feminine. Not to say that we didn't get along - we had some laughs for sure! And she had some stories to tell. But she was a harsh critic who was concerned with keeping up appearances at all cost. As for my romance with a non-Anglo-Saxon, she'd have called him a "Chinaman" and she would have been absolutely horrified. I'm sure some of my older Aussie rellies who are still around will share that sentiment...

huy said...

hikaru: have you seen me in a dress? i ain't no slouch myself.

Andrea: i agree with your aussie rellies, those yellow folk are no good.

:p

medea said...

That is one fantastic dress. You do it justice!

Andrea said...

The other Andrea says
You look hot girl!

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