Any British vintage lover will probably have seen a few Norman Linton dresses on their travels.
In my head, Norman's frocks are on a par with Richard Stump's - frumpy, not that exciting, made for middle-aged housewives in the 1960-70s. Ebay listings are fond of referring to such dresses as granny (or geek) chic...
(No insult intended to middle-aged housewives - after all, I am one. Or grannies - I was very fond of mine.)
But hey, sometimes Granny takes a trip, a middle-aged housewife rocks a psychedelic maxi, and expectations are confounded.
Because I'm nerdy like that, I tried researching Norman Linton clothing but found little information.
What I did discover was a hilarious Pathe News clip from 1953, in which the man himself is seen measuring robust women to make an outsize dressmaker's dummies.
I wonder if the slimosizes label was intended to make ladies with generous proportions feel better about themselves?
This dress is my first purchase from my shop; I couldn't resist the trumpet sleeves and groovy print.
First of many, no doubt.
1960s Norman Linton maxi dress - charity shopped
1970s cropped faux fur jacket - Kinky Melon
1960s tapestry bag - jumble sale
Boots - retail (sale)
I wore my new frock to work on Saturday, followed by a trip out for tapas with the family.
Hmm, the beauty and grace of the distaff side of the family knows no bounds...
Actually, I've already made a second purchase, driven to it by the ongoing cold temperatures;
a 1960s Wolsey vest, just what I need under a dress on a chilly day.
Wolsey is a Leicester-based heritage British label, one of the oldest textile manufacturers in the world. Known for their knitwear, Wolsey underwear was worn by Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton on their polar expeditions. If it's good enough for those conditions, it'll do me.
(Do have a look at the link, there are some fabulous photos.)
Cool packaging too.
(Vix, I know you don't really do undies, but look, it's you!)
I'm late again for Visible Monday, but luckily Patti is a forgiving hostess and lets me sneak in after hours.
Do bear with me while I try to find a rhythm for posting and commenting - I'll get there!