But I still hanker after the days when women would visit their seamstresses twice a year, to refresh their wardrobe with one dress at a time, taking their time to choose fabrics and styles, knowing this one piece would be worn over and over again, so it had to be just right.
My grandmother was a seamstress in her youth, and she continues to sew her clothes to this day. She never had many things, at least not too many, but all were luxury items, made from silks, pure wools or cashmere, all were made to measure and fitted here like a dream.
For all of you who despise cheap fashion and cookie-cutter styles, and who tend towards the belief that Haute Couture for all could make the world a better place (no child labour! no water pollution! no chemicals!), there are Vogue Paris Original patterns. Those were launched by Vogue in 1949 and were made from the designers´ own working muslin patterns. They even included labels to put into the finished dress!
So, remember what Vivienne Westwood once said: Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity. Everybody´s buying far too many clothes.
She might as well have added: Choose your patterns. Visit your seamstress. Edit your dream wardrobe. Because you can´t wear more than one dress at a time, anyway.