Ebay has opened up a world of possibilties for some really fantastic vintage finds. I've been so lucky as to find not just one, but two gorgeous dresses by the master of sequins, designer Naeem Khan. I saw Michelle Obama wearing this designer during a state dinner at the White House (picture by the Huffington Post):
The first one I found is a minidress, with sequins, beads and pearls. I enlisted professional help to have it altered to fit me. I paid USD 100 when buying it, and later on I've seen several other Khan dresses similar to this one listed for up to 1200 dollars.
A closer look at the details:
The tailor who helped me with this one, said she could see it was embroidered with a certain technique that's only done somewhere in India. It's a special way to fasten the beads so they do not come off easily. She said it was exquisite and demanded to know where I had found it for such an extremely low price!
The next dress I paid USD 37 for (plus shipping of course). It's obviously very 80's. I just got this a couple of weeks ago, and it's huge, so I'll have to have take it to my tailor as well. I plan on having it taken in and getting the batwing arms removed, altering it completely into a sleeveless, tightfitting halterneck dress. It looks absolutely fantastic when the light is shining on it - like a night sky with a million stars.
I've also got another vintage dress that I got in 1991 to wear for a New Year's Eve ball. It still fits me, even though it hasn't been used for more than ten years. This I got from a dress store in Oslo on a sale.
So, whenver I'm invited to a grand party next time, I guess I really can't say I've got nothing to wear.