by Erin on February 24, 2011

Bonnie Cashin dresses

Robin sent a link to these Bonnie Cashin dresses, up for auction at Augusta Auction. The dark one on the right is actually two pieces: a bodice and skirt.

Neither dress is my size, but lordy, would I like a few (dozen) yards of that dark fruit fabric. (The bright dress has a similar palette to one of my favorite Liberty patterns, Enchanted Garden.)

(There are other pictures at the Augusta link, but for some reason having both the dresses facing left seemed humorous to me. They look like they're lining up to be bought!)

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Lydia February 24, 2011 at 11:09 am

I really, I mean REALLY, want that one on the left. Surely there’s a modern pattern out there with a similar back treatment. I love that there’s plenty of fabric everywhere for bra-strap concealment.


Lucy February 24, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Love them both, too bad not on my budget.


dulcet February 24, 2011 at 5:09 pm

The auction listing says novelty apple, but I’m betting the blue fruit is supposed to be a plum.


Holly February 25, 2011 at 8:29 am

It’s not terribly common to see her dresses from this era. Usually, what I see are the the Sills coats and suits from a bit later in her career. It’s just great to see these together! I hope they do well. They’re fabulous examples.

Thanks for sharing them Karen, Robin and Erin.


Maris Olsen February 25, 2011 at 9:24 am

Soooo cute – thank you for sharing! I am really starting to get more into vintage clothing – it is so fun!

Maris Olsen


Allie February 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm



Fourth Daughter February 27, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Both gorgeous, and I’d love to accessorise the one on the left with a Carmen Miranda-esque hat and huge cherry earrings!


mslynn February 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Thank you for posting these – I absolutely love the material and the styles – how I would love to see us go back to these styles!


Jessica February 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm

These are soooo delightfully fun! I’m positively smitten with both of them, as they remind me of growing up in a town that was centered around the orchard industry.

Wishing you a beautiful Monday & week ahead,


Louise March 4, 2011 at 2:23 am

I think I’m in love.


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