We need to talk about this dress from RetroStar Vintage Clothing.
Because, dear reader, this is what dreams are made of.
Have you ever heard people raving about someone you haven’t met yet? Who they say is beautiful, fun and fascinating? And then you finally meet them…
This is how I felt when I met an Alfred Shaheen dress in person. You see, Shaheen dresses are raved about in vintage fashion circles. They are lusted after in old magazines; they are feverishly pinned to ‘Dream Outfit’ boards on Pinterest; they’re hunted, collected and unashamedly adored by vintage fashionistas worldwide and now that I’ve met one in person…
Someone better disable my heart-eyes emoji because I understand exactly what the fuss is about.
Although he made men’s Hawaiian shirts (including the one Elvis wore on the cover of the ‘Blue Hawaii’ album) and other styles of dresses, Shaheen’s sarong-inspired dress, or Hawaiian Bombshell Dress, was one of his most definitive. Created to enhance curves thanks to its clever inner construction, this dress epitomises the 1950s 'pinup' style. But there’s more…
Shaheen added a detachable sash for a thrilling flourish that pours pure glamour over the wearer’s shoulder.
It’s like the most stylish superhero cape the world has ever seen.