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Pucci: Antidepressant in Fabric Form

Posted on | May 22, 2011 | 7 Comments

At the same time I’ve been nurturing a baby boy, soon to be born in July, I’ve also been nurturing another baby: the manuscript of my novel, GENTLY USED. It’s a multi-generational tale about a vintage clothing store and the stories behind the clothes on the racks and the women who work and shop there.  Doing research for the book was almost as much fun as writing it. Over the last year, I amassed a lot of pictures and information, uncovering more vintage fodder than I could ever include in a single novel. And, of course, I stumbled upon some new obsessions. What I didn’t have room for in the book, I’m hoping to share bit by bit here on my blog.

One discovery I made in while wading through mod 60s- and 70s-era fashions was that Pucci prints are the wardrobe equivalent of antidepressants. Even on a gray day, it would be impossible not to get a mood boost from bright, psychedelic patterns like the ones above. They are not for the meek. A woman willing to step out in a wild, vibrant Pucci print is someone who is not afraid of what other people think, and who dresses with the sole goal of making herself happy.

Photos, clockwise from left: 1960s Pucci dress, designed as stewardess uniform for Braniff airline, from Etsy seller TimelessVixenVintage; vintage Pucci handbag; vintage Pucci scarf (photo from RubyPress).



7 Responses to “Pucci: Antidepressant in Fabric Form”

  1. barbara
    May 22nd, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    Susan, You have to remember the drug scene of the ’60’s and ’70’s to understand… it wasn’t always about being bold… sometimes it was just the LSD. ;D

  2. Peggy
    May 22nd, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

    I definitely love the prints and looking forward to hearing more about this book! =)

  3. Susan
    May 22nd, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

    Barbara, I’ll take your word for it!

  4. Style Maniac
    May 25th, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    So it’s a boy! And coming so soon. Seems like just yesterday I read your announcement post. Well, I’m sure it feels all of five months to you …

    As for your book, well, you know, I cannot wait to read it! When it gets published you will have to come to Philly for a book signing — perhaps at one of the fabulous vintage spots in my neighborhood.

  5. Style Maniac
    May 25th, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    oh! and p.s., love Pucci prints, too.

  6. Katy
    May 25th, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    So true. I feel like they’ve proven that bright colors will cheer you up! I know it always works for me. :-)

  7. Ann
    May 31st, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

    Almost as good as a sugar fix. Almost.

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