1972 • “Nicholas and Alexandra” Influence

The commentary that accompanies this picture from a 1972 fashion magazine is as follows:


Proper white voile shows the “Nicholas and Alexandra” influence. It’s trimmed with lace and tiny buttons, has a standup collar and ruffly flounce. By Vicky Vaughn, of Dacron and cotton. For a colorful accent, Joyce ties her “trees” with bright, pretty ribbons.

This dress was obviously inspired by the film “Nicholas and Alexandra” that was released in December of 1971. It went on to win Academy Awards for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Costume Design, and was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Original Dramatic Score and Best Picture.

In 1972, I would not have dreamed that in about 6 years I would be a samplemaker for the designers at the company that manufactured the Vicky Vaughn label!! A samplemaker is a seamstress who works with the designer. The samplemaker sews the prototype garment from the designers pattern. If the style is chosen for the new line it is then prepared and put into production in the factory.

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