I'm not sure if I should be blaming Disney or Darryl Hannah in Splash, but for as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a mermaid. I would even put pool rings around my ankles to keep them together while swimming, and my mother would always check for gills behind my ears! Now as an adult, I still find myself entranced with mermaids and it has even translated over into my clothes a tiny bit!
Being an avid vintage shopper, it is tough to beat a mermaid dress. Tight, slim fighting, showing off all your curves then POW all the drama at the end! It's almost as if every good quality from a dress combined into one! The popularity of the meramid, or fishtail dress, popularied in the 1930s, first starting with a looser flowy feel to then a more contrasting cut. With fashion houses starting to push the envelope, this design was great for women to keep their modesty with length but not have it be boring ! Jacques Heim was a designer from the 30's through 60's that you can see always kept this cut of dress in style no matter what decade.
You always saw the glamour dolls of Hollywood- Monroe, Mansfield, Russell, Dors, dressed in these gowns, but thats when they started added tons of tule and drama for the big screen to really make this cut a show stopper. So in the 1950s, dress designers like Emma Domb and Lilli Diamond started producing shorter cocktail dresses with that cut so the everyday woman could wear it. Whenever I get my hands on these vintage beauties, a little yelp and happy dance is guarantied to happen!
But of course, I am not the only girl to drool over these, so they are tough to find in the vintage world. Thank goodness Deadly Dames came out with the Folly Flair! With it's bridal satin and lace overlay, it's quality is out of this world! I feel like a total glamazon in it; it's bold and daring, yet so classic. You sincerely can't help but have an extra pep in your step - or sway in your tail! I had the chance to wear the Spiderweb Folly Flair to a haunted themed wedding and had a serious moment trying to convince myself if I could logistically wear this dress everyday for the rest of my life since it is so amazing!
Ladies, let your inner Ariel shine and have this beauty be part of your world :)