9.01.2011

Ladies of The Canyon (And Tracking Down a Dress)

Photo: Central Press, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Between planning Audrey's birthday party and watching an excellent BBC documentary about the L.A. music scene in the '60s and '70s with Bryan earlier this week, I'm having a definite "Ladies of the Canyon" moment.

I also have my own personal history with this particular era...I was a child in Northern California in the mid-'70's with a rock musician father who was playing with some of the icons of the time. Let's just say the whole thing just resonates with me.

A few weeks ago during our trip to Marfa, I met a really cool lady (Karen Longshore) working in one of the shops we visited. She was incredibly kind to the girlies and just really lovely and she was wearing an amazing "ladies of the canyon-esque" dress. I have obsessed about her dress ever since...and it appears I'm not alone, as after I posted a photo (the one below) of her in said dress in my Marfa re-cap, I got tons of e-mails asking about it.

Karen in the obsession--worthy dress.. Nope, that wasn't me...

I figured that level of obsession deserved some investigation, so I e-mailed Karen who happily shared that the dress was a brand called Mogul, which made Indian "festival" dresses in the '70's. Some fevered searching on the interwebs for vintage Mogul dresses led me to this etsy shop and the subsequent purchase of the following dress...



Which is almost the exact. same. dress that Karen was wearing. Man I love the interwebs. So it appears I'm actually having a "Ladies of the Canyon" meets 2011 "conveniences of technology" moment...

19 comments:

Christian said...

Swoon!!! Perfect dress for the upcoming hippie soiree, too.

Lena said...

LOVE. and, the shop is 30% off today too!

Susan said...

Oh - that is a GREAT dress!

Pretty Mommy said...

you're speaking my language...a look I never tire of ;)
(closely related to my childhood Ladies of Barton Springs circa 1979) Great find! These are pretty cute nonvintage versions:
http://gravelandgold.com/shop/sfs-circle-dress/

Barchbo said...

Makes me think of the song, "Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)" by The Mamas and the Papas.

PS Can we please see your shoe choice? :)

kristina said...

Joni!!! i love her.

It's amazing how many times I've pulled out my Indian cotton things over the years. I keep thinking I should give them away, but then I have a moment during the summer when they would be PERFECT and I'm so happy I haven't parted with them.

Srsly, if you're a lady of the canyon at heart you can never tire of feeling like a real hippy from time to time.

Siddy Says said...

Oh my GOD. How I love the dress!!
A sort of newbie blogger myself, I've been following your blog silently for sometime!! it's fabulous :) and very inspiring!!
xx
Siddy
www.siddysays.com

Jennifer said...

Good find!
The original dress caught my eye as well in the post you mentioned.
Joni is always good.

Megan Taylor said...

My happiest moments are Ladies of the Canyon Moments...Oh, to be a lady of the canyon!

Bee said...

i love these kinds of dresses. i think they're probably the most comfortable things in the world.
love the blog. :)

Nomadic D. said...

Great find! Amazing when you're able to track down an obsession and make it yours like that, hooray for technology and connectedness!

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

stephanie duncan said...

yikes, i think i could live in that dress.

Jiyoonie said...

great great dress.

paula said...

could that dress be any more perfect!

pattihaskins said...

Joni has always ruled my musical world. And ethnic clothing, clogs etc. I have been wearing continually since my high school days in the seventies. This is my favorite place to get modern ethnic hippie type clothing that helps women help their families: http://www.marketplaceindia.com/

Joslyn said...

Patti
This is a great link! Thank you!

Emma at The Marion House Book said...

You snagged a great one! Hoping that some more like that pop up in the etsy store. Ladies of the Canyon...wouldn't have thought of that but you hit the nail on the head. That's exactly what it is.

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handmadecharlotte said...

Yes! I want o buy from your pop -up...will you be posting picks to buy?
so do we call the shop? excited..