Vintage in springtime

Photographs by Chris Mikula

Pretty in pink

Channel your inner sailor

History’s most well known style icons Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Mia Farrow dazzled crowds in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s with their darling couture dresses, precious fabrics and voluptuous hemlines. And after a visit to Victoire Boutique on April 28, so can you.

Victoire Boutique, the clothing shop at 246 Dalhousie St., is hosting its bi-annual “spring fling vintage dress sale” Saturday, Apr. 28.

The store will showcase a variety of used dresses from the past, providing the perfect opportunity to spice up your wardrobe with a little flair from bygone eras.

“I love how timeless, well-made and flattering vintage dresses are,” says Katie Frappier, co-owner of Victoire. “Contemporary designers are always looking to the past for inspiration because theses dresses were just so masterfully done. You just have to love and appreciate it like a little treasure from the fashion Gods.”

Frappier and co-owner Regine Paquette are teaming up with vintage enthusiasts White Elephant, a Hamilton-based vintage clothing store, to bring a richer selection to the streets of Ottawa.

“It’s so exciting to see our customers find their perfect match,” Paquette says. “It feels like Cinderella and her glass slipper. When you find a vintage dress that you love, and it’s in your size, it just feels as if it was meant to be!”

Vintage in black

Nothing says spring like yellow

Victoire has worked hard to assemble its selection of vintage classics. Frappier and Paquette have gathered inspiration from cities all over North America, including New York, Austin, Victoria and, of course, the Ottawa Valley.

“I always get really excited about showing off our collection of vintage dresses to our clientele,” Frappier says. “We work really hard at putting together a stellar collection and our clients are so savvy that when they say they love it, it really means a lot.”

This is a one-day-only sale, so be there Saturday to get your silver-screen beauty queen on.

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