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One of the hallmarks of vintage clothing, particularly in the mid 1940's, are the fabulous details such as pleats, tucks, piping, embroidery, and applique. A great example is the applied binding utilized in this miniature 2-piece day suit designed by Dolly Cipolla for Ashton Drake's Gene Marshall Collection. The costume is called "Press Conference" and is circa 1944. The contrasting banding draws attention to Gene's slender waist and hips. For this photo shoot, I used the tilt hat from Ashton Drake's Star Wardrobe brown accessory collection and added the ribbon flowers from the original hat. USO Gene is my model/muse.