A fashion that has resonated in my mind for a lifetime is the Gunne Sax dresses of the late 60s and early 70s. Photos from my childhood are dotted with women wearing the corset-midriffed, calico, prairie-style dresses. High necks, lace plackets and puffed ¾ sleeves are also common.
I think they are beautiful, from the feminine florals and lace to the lace up bosoms (ha I said bosom) that make me feel like I’m having a Shakespearean moment. They look like the costume designer from Little House on the Prairie met up with the corset maker from Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The clothing brand was bought in 1969 by Jessica McClintock, who later became famous for elaborate lace collars on evening-wear in the 1980s.
Maybe the Gunne Sax dresses aren’t your thing – too prairie-revival, too conservative or too 70s, but I miss the days of dress up and femininity symbolized in this style.