Vive la France, vive Valisère!

Vive la France, vive Valisère!

Valisère Dessous

All vintage slips I encounter that were made in France are of made to high standards and delightfully feminine designs, but I am always pleased to get slips made by Valisère.  There is just something about them that stands out, and in fact I can often tell a Valisere just by the superior feel to the fabric.

Who would know that the Valisere brand actually dates all the way back to 1913, whilst their first slips were made in 1919.  From then on, this little company based in southeastern France went from strength to strength, until WWII when materials were in short supply.  Somehow though, even through those dark days, work carried on.

1946 saw the introduction of Nylon.  This fabulous new fabric allowed Valisere to create ever more adorably feminine creations.   Throughout the 1950′s, the company rapidly expanded up until the mid-1970′s – at which point they had no less than 9 factories in France!   Sadly for Valisere, that was the highpoint of their history and afterwards went into financial decline.  In 1991, Valisere was bought out by Triumph International and the name lives on to this day as an online retailer.

DreamDate Vintage are proud to supply, when we can, adorably sweet Valisere slips from what I consider to be their most creative period – the 1950′s and early 60′s.  Keep dropping by my shops – you may get lucky!

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1950′s Pettie-slips in pure Perlon!

1950′s Pettie-slips in pure Perlon!

To be listed on Dreamdate later this week, these gorgeous 1950′s perlon full slips with wide petticoat skirts – ideal for giving volume to your favourite vintage dresses.  From the hips up they are rather like most other 1950′s full slips I have, but their hems are so deep and elaborately feminine.  So irresistable…..

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When Harold met Eileen….

When Harold met Eileen….

Listed on my Dreamdate shop for less than 24 hours before it went to its lucky new owner, an absolutely sweet champagne and coffee full slip in cool, silky soft, shiny and noisy satin nylon – unworn with tags and still in its original box, untouched for 53 years.

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A gift from Harold to Eileen in 1961, that we do know – Harold wrote this on the side of the box.  Why didn’t Eileen cherish and wear this adorable slip?  I certainly would if I received it.  Of course, we’ll never know why she left it in the box – that is all part of the romance and mystery.    In any event it is lovely to have a slip listed that has a human element to it.

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Poor Harold – looks like he missed out!

Neva Perlon, though Always Loved!

Neva Perlon, though Always Loved!

 

 

I am going through a bit of a nightie / negligee phase at the moment, so allow me my little indulgences every now and then – though I do suspect many of my readers will share this passion.  How about this little cutie?
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Sexy and romantic double layer powder blue Neva Perlon and matching floral lace overlay frill trimmed 1960′s negligee. This pretty robe has an inner layer of sheer see through powder blue nylon while the outer layer is of matching delicate floral patterned sheer fine lace. The garment is edged all round with a beautiful lace trimmed crystal pleated frill which is also used to adorn the sleeves and the attractive hemline. There is a waist fastening which consists of a blue sateen ribbon and bow which is secured via a concealed button fastening for that finishing touch.  An absolute delight, and in near mint condition too – perfect for those special romantic evenings.

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Aristocratic – thats Lady Lynne!

Aristocratic – thats Lady Lynne!

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Absolutely gorgeous Lady Lynne silky soft semi-sheer shiny ivory white nylon and silk and luxury lace trim late 1950′s vintage full slip. Adorable delicate ivory white see through lace inset to the classic bodice and continuing around the back of the garment in a wide straight band. There is a matching layer of the same delicate lace to the attractive hemline while the luxurious straps are of matching ivory white sateen ribbon and are adjustable for a better fit as you would expect from a garment of this quality. If you are a fan of luxury late 1950′s nylon and lace slips, you will adore this one!

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