Monday, June 27, 2011

Day 364/365: This is the stuff of dreams...

Glasses from Japan, Ken Done earrings and matching necklace (WKBD Collection), immaculate condition 1980s vintage Ken Done winter dress, Juicy Couture shoes.

Whenever people have asked me about my Ken Done collection, this is always the dress that pops first to mind.

The LiP's brother, Matt and his partner, Bec were travelling Australia in early 2009. One day I get home to find a package addressed to me. Inside is this dress. They'd found it in an op shop in regional South Australia. It's in *perfect* condition; in fact I think it's never been worn. This truly is the stuff of op-shop dreams!

I think the moment that I received this dress was when I first really knew it was going to be worth trying to wear Ken Done for 365 days. This kind of fashion glory just had to shared!

I also can't believe I've been able to wait until the second-last day of What Ken Be Done to share it with you! But I've wanted to make sure you got to see Ken Done *gold* all the way until the end. And let's not also forget how much of a 1980s fashion doozy this dress is in itself: drop waist, thick PolyCotton, and side pockets. So phenomenal is hurts!
And it's truly my pleasure to share this second-last-day-post with Birdmonkey's Canberra friends. I present for your pleasure a picture-story called:

The Story of the Ken Done Red Size 10 High-Waisted Pants

Ruby brought around a bag of fabric to a Canberra Craft night and said that she had an actual Ken Done item in itself: a pair of red size 10 high-waisted thick cords.

Ruby had used the fabric from the ankle for another sewing project but we all thought they looked kinda cool with one shorter leg. Nadege is the usual recipient of anything size 10, but she took one look at them and said, “Ah, these are a
vintage 1980s size 10” i.e. size 8.

Luckily Merrin is exactly that size so they are now in her wardrobe. I have seen her wear them to school, that shorter leg is perfect for showing off cool socks!

And Ruby keeps pondering what she did with the missing ankle fabric…
With only ONE day to go:

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birdmonkey said...

Fabulous dress! it really suits you. I love op shop gold. It's amazing that you have managed a whole year without many repeats, something I would never had believed at the beginning of the year.

And congratulations I read that you have raised 14,902. amazing!

Anonymous said...

Only $98 to get to $15 000 - wow!!

I reckon that you will get well past that amazing total - come on people, time to get on board as the clock is ticking...we can help Jackie do this.

After a year's worth of outfits, it is the least we can do for all the joy, smiles, laugh out louds, bleeding eyes and *OMG - she did that!* moments, that Jackie has willingly shared with us over the past 364 days.

Lyndel said...

oh well Done* to all of you, especially Matt and Bec for even FINDING the dress!
now those high waist red pants, I reckon a couple of Canteen scarves could sew up into the perfect leg-lengther.. of course you could cut the other one too to match if you were so inclined.

Anonymous said...

You rock that outfit Jackie. Not everyone could do it, but you have.

Bec Ryan said...

Phew I've been waiting all year to see that brilliant dress! It's taken every breath of patience not to ask when it might get an airing! Ah it looks fab on you - and I remember wearing (sometimes home-made) highly patterned drop-waist dresses in the 80s and they weren't too flattering eek. This one brings me double happiness, memories of our long outback adventure flooding back. Special thanks to my dear great aunty Pauline for taking us to her fav oppie in Crystal Brook where gold was to be found. xxb

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