My close friends and I often joke about Jessica Rabbit. She was a character in Touchstone’s 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Jessica is a sultry, voluptuous singer in the film. She always performs in an iconic red dress that leaves little to the imagination. She claims, “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.“
Some dresses just make you look so sexy, it feel downright obscene. That is a Jessica Rabbit dress.
Two weeks ago, I was in Atlanta for the CSA symposium. I arrived early to meet with Lizzie Bramlett and do some vintage shopping. The following days were reserved for me to perfect my presentation on Antonio Canovas del Castillo. While Lizzie went to the Atlanta History Center excursion, I was finishing labels and layout for the exhibition proposal. Lunchtime rolled around quickly. I stepped out for a bite, and stumbled upon Revolution 11 Vintage Market. How could I pass it up?
I really only stopped to peruse the racks. (I swear!) The store was so well merchandised: amazing clothes, great atmosphere, and even period details like vintage radios and record players adorned the space. There was even an atelier for custom made garments! I drank in the atmosphere with total delight. As I made my way through the racks, I suddenly stopped. There it was. The Jessica Rabbit dress! (Quite literally! The hang tag even said Jessica Rabbit dress on it.)
The waist seemed impossibly small, but I decided to try it on anyway. And it fit! How could I pass up such a find?
The staff was just as elated as I was. They happy to see it on a real person, and joked that someone should pick me up by the waist and fly me around like Baby in Dirty Dancing. I hadn’t considered that before!
Dressing Room Confession? I REALLY want to re-enact that scene now! Someone take me dancing, now!
If you’re ever in Atlanta, please visit Revolution 11 Vintage Market. I’m sure you’ll find something fantastic, like I did.
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