Performance clothes

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We’re always on the lookout for performance clothes for Sarie, because we have a hard time finding anything for her age but “prom” dresses.  Italian dress clothes are often nicer than what you find at US department stores, but they’re also more expensive.  So I was very pleased the other day when I went into a dress store near the conservatory and found a whole rack of deeply discounted dresses upstairs.  I even saw one that might work.

The store is run by three sisters who design and, if I understood correctly, also produce their own clothes.  There are some really imaginative clothes in this store, some combining inspiration from historical costume with modern feel.  I saw reinterpreted medieval outfits, a Greek chiton as a ball gown (my favorite thing in the store) and a reinterpreted shawl and hat circa 1910, like something a postmodern Mary Poppins might wear.

We went back yesterday.  And the dress was just right.  A gold silk underdress with a sheer, wine-red layer on top.  A pair of deeply discounted shoes to match.  And then we remembered a gold shawl I found on sale in Georgia after Christmas, thinking it might come in handy to dress up some skirt and blouse.

I’m not much of a shopper, but I love it when this happens.  All done, with a high-quality dress for a fraction of the original price.  Actually, it’s never happened before, and that’s why the post!

Sarie has a studio recital this afternoon, and a chamber performance on March 23.  She’ll be playing Beethoven’s Spring Sonata.

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6 thoughts on “Performance clothes

  1. If I weren’t for the fact that I sympathize deeply with the task of finding suitable performance clothes for our young ladies, I would be totally jealous of your terrific find. It is a beautiful outfit; the shoes are a wonder. I wish that I could somehow transport Lydia to Italy for a shopping trip for her upcoming recital( in two weeks). But actually, she and her father came back from a recent trip to Century 21 with two strong possibilities. That’s because my husband is a beast when it comes to clothes shopping, a wonderful asset that would make up for many deficiencies, if such deficiencies actually existed.

  2. I’m glad someone understands the quandary of it all ;-). The problem is that we still need a long, black dress as well. But we have some time still.

    Barbara, I hope Lydia finds something she’s happy with, and I hope her recital goes well in two weeks. What will she be playing? We would of course love to transport Lydia to Italy, but the two week deadline could be a bit tough.

    I remain in great admiration of Kirk’s shopping skills. Which reminds me, I bought a used coat in the market for 10 euro, and when I got home, I realized that it reminds me of Lydia’s!

    1. Wow, Dana, you’re sharp! And you’re up early, too. Thanks for the well wishes. We’re about to head off to rehearsal and I may go to see if I can hear from the balcony. Enjoy your spring day there in Georgia.

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