Vintage Inspired – J. Peterman 1930s lace dress

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Once in a while, i run into a friend or acquaintance that has no idea that the company Elaine from Seinfeld worked for really exists. J. Peterman is a real catalog, a real company, and yes, the copy is as witty as Elaine. And if you are a fan of vintage style, you’ll love the clothing.

Men and women alike can find reproduction, vintage style fashion in every J. Peterman catalog. When I say reproduction, I don’t mean cheap knock offs with modernized details. I mean that the only way you would be able to tell these garments are knew is if you inspected them for signs of age. These garments are so fantastically reproduced due to the fact that the little fashion elves at J. Peterman actually buy vintage garments in order to recreate them in large quantities.

Normally, I’m a bit miffed by such practices coming from fashion designers. But I think that I can appreciate it coming from J. Peterman because at least the company is honest about it. They don’t try to take the credit for something that was created 70 years prior. Or maybe it is more palatable coming from the silver tongue that is J. Peterman…

j peterman black lace dressShe was part black.

She was part Irish.

They called her Bricktop, because of her flaming red hair.

And Ada Smith’s “Bricktops” on Place Pigalle in Montmartre was the place to go.

“Bricktop” said she judged the success of a night by the number of kings in the house.

One night she had five kings and the Prince of Wales.

But Cole Porter was the only one who had a special table reserved for him.

Even when he wasn’t there.

The in crowd came to hear her sing, and they came to be seen.

And if you had a dress like this, you were there too.

A little risqué just like the place you were in.

When Bricktop sang “Embraceable You,” John Steinbeck told her, “You take 20 years off a man’s life.”

Same thing can be said for this confection of sheer magic.

1930’s Vintage Black Lace Dress (No. 2584). Two layers of lace work their allure. Black lace over nude lace so you won’t get arrested. Just enough shows through. Scoop neckline. V shape back. Lower-calf length. Hidden center back zipper with hook and eye. All the elegance of old lace with the easy to maneuver advantage of modern fabric. Imported.

“There’s a party…where?”

Women’s sizes: 2 through 18.

Color: Black lace over nude lace.

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1 Apyt { 09.16.09 at 10:15 am }

oh. my. god.
Clothes on that site almost made me cry.

2 Lucitebox { 09.16.09 at 10:59 am }

From what I can tell, J. Peterman is the only game in town for vintage reproductions. I love this catalog, but I’ve yet to ever buy anything from them. I’m contemplating many items, though. Pants! Vintage style pants–that’s a concept I can get behind even more than the many gorgeous dresses in the catalog. I can’t find vintage pants to save my life.

3 pluriball { 09.16.09 at 11:02 am }

this dress so chic and graceful!I’m adoring it!
thanks for sharing:)

4 Jennifer { 09.16.09 at 12:01 pm }

Wow! Thanks for bringing this to my attention! I must re-blog this! I haven’t looked at what this company has in over 10 years! They certainly have changed!

5 Jonathan { 09.18.09 at 11:15 am }

Greetings Sandra,
I hope this note finds you well. Allow me to pontificate for a moment and introduce myself. I am the Director of Marketing for The J. Peterman Company. In my daily trolling on the internet I stumbled across your site, Debutante Clothing :: The DebLog. I read your post, “Vintage Inspired – J. Peterman 1930s lace dres.” I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and have shared with my fellow JP colleagues. Your experiences with discovering people who don’t know we’re real is one of my favorite joys as well. Their eyes open and sparkle. An amusing sight. Thank you for the kind words expressed about our garments. I hope we never stray from that dedication to fine clothes and quality. A distinction that separates. I’ve ranted enough. Please feel free to contact or ask me any question you’d like. It is my pleasure to respond.
Jonathan Sexton | Peterman Gladiator
(drab title: Director of Marketing)
The J. Peterman Company
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6 Kristie Ramos { 06.01.10 at 1:47 pm }

Gorgeous! Is it still for sale?

7 Sandra { 06.02.10 at 9:25 pm }

Hi Kristie,
I’m not sure. You may want to check their website though!

8 Lyndee { 03.17.12 at 10:02 pm }

I love this dress. I looked at the J. Peterman site and can not find it for sale. I would love to buy it.

9 Barb { 08.26.12 at 7:25 am }

These are the only catalogues i have saved for years. I wish I could get a Victorian jacket or two from one of their older catalogues. I have several pieces of their clothing. The only problem is some of them I no longer fit into!

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