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I'm enamored with vintage Airstreams. So what better way to pay tribute to these beautiful icons of American design than with a photo shoot? Melissa Mankins and I were graciously hosted by Tristan and Brie, owners of a rare 1959 Airstream Tradewind currently under renovation. The main "character" in these photos is Edna, an uptight but innocent American tourist from the 1950s.
'50s dress and frames: thrifted, vintage sweater: Deluxe
The actor who played Junior Soprano said the moment he put on Junior's glasses, he immediately understood the character. Well, when I put on those vintage glasses, I totally understand Edna.
That hat is actually an official cap from the Wally Byam Caravan Club, an organization founded to promote Airstream travel. Byam and other caravanners would wear these hats to help identify each other in large crowds while traveling. Pretty dorky, but Byam was inspired by berets after a visit to Paris.
The vintage sweater features travel-themed appliques that remind me of the international caravans of the '50s and '60s. (See my Airstream history post for more info).
This dress symbolizes the classic Airstream pretty well. The blue represents the backdrop of big sky country against which the silver embroidery stand out like Airstreams on an open highway. It's a party dress because Airstreams are the known as Rolls Royce of trailers.
I wore another outfit, too. This mainly '70s getup represents Edna's secret inner wild-child, Elle.
'70s dress and shoes: thrifted, sequined hat: Deluxe
Lurking beneath the subconscious, Elle loves to come out when faced with the endless possibilities of the open road.
Melina B is a writer and architectural historian with a passion for personal style, new age, airstreams and mid-century Americana.
Melissa Mankins is the owner/photographer at Paper Moon Eugene. Her new project, Now You See Me will debut May of 2015. She lives in Eugene, Or.
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