Weekend Eye Candy - 1967 Geoffrey Beene Dress

Saturday, February 28, 2009 0 comments
1967, geoffrey beene dress...or the bottom half of one. 1967 - Geoffrey Beene, native Louisianan, fashion spark of American ingenuity, throws a hundred million sequins into a mirror miracle of a shape; scatters neon flowers at random, then garlands the hem. I want to see the rest of the dress, don't you? And how about those silver vinyl thigh-high boots?
Friday, February 27, 2009 0 comments
There is an online Carnival Soiree on March 14th that is being hosted by Lisa from Faerie Enchantment. This day long Blog Event and Giveaway goes from sunrise to sunset..... here is a little excerpt from the announcement from her blog: Make sure you wear your Carnival best, think rainbows and pointy harlequin hats, Pageant Queen gowns, or Mermaid dress, top hats in every color and tutu's complete with pixie wings.What to expect:-Carnival Tea-Games-Tokens-Giveaways consisting of my collage cd: Circus Follies and an altered poker chip kit.-Free Circus images/ephemera-Carnival party pictures-Circus projects-Stories
Sounds like fun huh? Everyone should pop on over and have a lookie-lou and consider joining in the fun! Now, I already have a top hat.... but it is black, sounds like I'm needing a colorful top hat! So, I'm making myself a new top hat. So far not to shabby! Now I'm just needing some color... and a tutu, I must have a tutu~

Pink & pearl garland

Here is a little something I whipped up recently. You know those strings of beaded garland that are about 18' long that you can pick up super cheap at Christmas time? Well, I crocheted around each bead on this long strand of beaded garland. Kinda cute huh? Its a great project to work on while watching t.v..... something you can just mindlessly work on and before you know it-- its finished! I'm going to add this (and several more) to my Christmas tree next year. Here is the easy-peasy instructions just incase someone out there wants to give it a try~

First of all, your needing to attach your crochet thread to the end of the garland with a slip stitch or knot, whichever you prefer. Once the crochet thread is attached you simply chain 4 stitches then make a sc in between the next two pearls. Thats it....just continue with the ch 4 and doing a sc in between each pearl. At the end chain 12 or more then come back down the other side doing the same ch 4/1 sc in between each pearl. Easy-peasy~ Once your garland is completed.... you could go back up and down each side again adding 5 dc in each ch 4 space and a slip stitch in each sc space. This makes a wider garland, but I was wanting a smaller/simpler garland for my own tree~

Joset Walker - American Sportswear Designer


You may have heard of 1940's and 50's American sportswear designers Claire McCardell, Carolyn Schnurer, and Tina Leser, but how about Joset Walker? Born in France, Walker began her career designing for Broadway and for RKO studios in Hollywood. In the 1940's, Walker specialized in sports clothes for outdoor activities, swimwear, and casual dresses. Shown above, a 1949 marigold linen dress, belted in gold leather.

1946 sunsuit romper and beach jacket.

1954 cotton print capri jumpsuit.

I'm still dreaming of summer, can you tell? If I can't be the woman in yesterday's post, I want to be the woman in orange linen up above.

Vreeland and Scavullo - Bazaar 1960

Thursday, February 26, 2009 0 comments
Francesco Scavullo, 1960 photo for BazaarDiana Vreeland was Fashion Editor at Harper's Bazaar from 1937 to 1962. Known for her meticulous attention to detail, the fashion shoots she directed delivered fantasy to the American public. She has been quoted as saying, "Give ‘em what they never knew they wanted!” It works for me because I definitely want to be this woman right now. I am so tired of winter.

This photo was taken by Francesco Scavullo in Trinidad and Tobago in 1960. The model wears a white pique midriff-baring blouse over a long red and white cotton wrap skirt, both by Mr. Mort Sportswear. The Weiss bib necklace and the brooch-as-hair-ornament add just the right touch of the exotic. But it's the bare feet that make me feel the warm tropical breeze and the hot sand on the beach. Oh yeah, I definitely want to be this woman right now.

Hall tree~

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 0 comments
This hall tree I have had for about 5 years. It was originally a dark-dark wood which I painted white. I closed in the bottom part and made it into a cat bed :-) It has been like this for a looooooooong time. Never quite finished.... I've dragged it out to sell at yard sales...I guess $30 bucks was to much to ask for it...cause I always had to drag it back in. Now that I've added some brown paint to it making it look a little more "shabby" and of course covering the cushion for the cat bed (not that they have EVER slept in there) I'm liking it! and its no longer for sale lol

Here is a close up of the cat bed.... it doesn't look so "obviously" distressed with paint in person!

Trash to Treasure party~

Jen over at Sanctuary Arts at Home is hosting a "Trash to Treasure make over party"..... I am contributing my $1 dollar dresser that I recently made over. Here is the before....and here is the after.Here is the original post of the transformation with a tutorial on how I did it. The appliques were made using joint compound.... peeked your interest?...come for a lookie-lou!

1949 Day Dresses

As a vintage seller, I'm often dazzled by the "special" clothes - the cocktail dresses, the evening gowns, the tailored suits. But I also delight in the everyday dresses - the simple cotton and rayon numbers worn around the house or out to play, worn to class or to the movies, worn to run errands or to meet friends. These pictures are all from 1949.

Wouldn't a dress like this be nice for a change instead of jeans and a t-shirt? Instead of cargo pants and a tank top? Here are a few from the same time period newly listed at Couture Allure. Click the pictures to see details!

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Pleats Three Ways from 1955

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 0 comments
Pleats. There's something about the way they swish and sway when you walk that makes them so alluring. Here are pleats done three ways from 1955.

bergdorf pleated suit, 1955A tailored suit with a box pleated skirt from Bergdorf Goodman. Made in navy or grey worsted flannel, there's nothing severe about this whirlaway style. Sold for $195 in 1955, the same suit would cost about $1600 today. Love the short matching gloves with the bracelets stacked on top and the super slim umbrella makes an elegant accessory.

1955, junior sophisticates pleated dressKnife pleats are narrow at the top and gradually widen to the hem to add fullness to the skirt in this dress by Junior Sophisticates. The belt keeps things in check at the waist.

1955, Vanity Fair, peignoir set, pleated robeA dramatic peignoir set by Vanity Fair offers a robe with a grand sweep of sheer pleats falling from the shoulder. In nylon tricot and French lace, the set was available in white or pastel colors. In 1955, the gown sold for $29.95 and the robe for $59.95 - that equals $244 and $489 in today's dollar!

Mmm-mmm Monday~

Monday, February 23, 2009 0 comments
Here is a pretty tasty peanut butter cookie recipe that has oatmeal in it. Makes for a chewy/crispy cookie :-)
Peanut butter cookies
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup oats
Cream together the butter, white & brown sugar, eggs and peanut butter. Add to the mixture the flour, baking soda and oats. Once thats all blended together drop by rounded teaspoon onto a cookie sheet. These suckers spread super large. So, I would suggest the rounded scoop be no bigger than a quarter. Once you have 12 cookies on a cookie sheet, take a fork thats been dipped in white sugar to compress the cookie ever so slightly to make the criss-cross pattern on top. You don't want to flatten them anymore than you have to as these will spread... and you'll end up with an overcooked cookie! Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Easy-peasy and oh so yummy!

2009 Oscars - How Did we Do?

Last week, we had fun with some ideas for vintage gowns that the Best Actress Oscar nominees could wear. How did we do?

We wanted Kate Winslet to wear a gold Vionnet gown from the 1930s. She wore an asymmetric Yves St. Laurent gown in grey ombré with a black lace overlay. This is one of my least favorite gowns of the night. As the winner of the award, I would have loved to see Kate in gold. Oh well.

We wanted to see Meryl Streep in something other than black, and even though we chose red or deep pink, this soft grey gown by Alberta Ferretti will do. Thanks for listening, Meryl! I think the gown and her hair suit her and she looks beautiful.

Most of you disagreed with me, but I really wanted to see Melissa Leo go bohemian with her gown choice. Instead she opted for this copper gown by Badgley Miska that hearkens to the early 1940's. Although I love the copper color, which goes beautifully with her hair, the horizontal ruching of the bodice does not suit Leo in the least. She needs more of a curvy waist to carry this look. Her hair is a disaster, and this morning it is being said she had the worst hairstyle of the night. I wish she had just let her curls go.

We wanted to see Angelina Jolie wear something dramatic and edgy. Instead she opted for safe and elegant in this black Elie Saab gown. Lovely, but rather understated. Has Angelina grown up on us?

We wanted to see Anne Hathaway go for drama in Dior. Instead she did go with drama but in a different way. She is luminous in this Armani Prive gown that is completely covered in graduated irridescent pailletes and crystals. Way to knock it out of the ballpark, Anne!

So who did wear vintage?

Penelope Cruz wore a white vintage 1950's gown by Pierre Balmain. She won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

My personal favorites of the night?

Natalie Portman in pink and gold by Rodarte.

Freida Pinto in vivid blue John Galiano.

Most people disagree, but I absolutely loved Beyonce in this gold and black fishtail hem gown. It's very different and dramatic, and she looks smokin' hot!

Very Vintage Easter basket swap...

Sunday, February 22, 2009 0 comments
Heidi over at Foxgloves, Fabric and Folly is hosting a "Very Vintage Easter Basket Swap~
You've got until Sunday, March the 8th to sign up. What are you waiting for? You know you want to!! Come join in on the fun~

Oscar Night - 1954

Oscar Night 1954 - Audrey Hepburn wins Best Actress for Roman Holiday. Although she would be nominated 4 more times in the next 14 years, this was her only win. The dress is by Givenchy, who was designing her costumes for Sabrina at the time.

Enjoy the Academy Awards tonight everyone!

Vintage Roadshow - Links of the Week

Please enjoy these links from my colleagues at Vintage Roadshow!

Glamoursplash spends the week in 1928, with one post devoted to Seaside Chic from Abercrombie & Fitch.

Here's Looking Like You, Kid gives a film and fashion history lesson: Designer & Costumer Go Head To (Edith) Head.

Freudian Slips Vintagefinds a wonderful vintage Bill Gibb jacket

Weekend Eye Candy - All About Eve

Saturday, February 21, 2009 0 comments
The year - 1950. The film - All About Eve. The cast shown here - Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Marilyn Monroe, George Sanders, Gary Merrill. The awards - Oscar for Best Picture. Both Davis and Baxter were nominated for Best Actress, although neither won. The costumes - Edith Head designed Bette Davis' wardrobe. Charles LeMaire designed and supervised the rest of the cast's clothes.

Bette Davis is my favorite actress of all time. As a side note, Edith Head rushed to make the dress worn by Davis in these photos the night before filming with no time for a fitting. Head was dismayed to discover that the dress was too big and the neckline slid off of Davis' shoulders. Davis said she preferred it that way, and I do too.

Links à la Mode: February 21

The major Fashion Weeks have begun, here in New York we have some great coverage, New York favorites on Studio Purpura, my own visit to threeASFOUR on The Coveted, and some Barbie thoughts on Fashion in My Eyes. Couture Allure dresses the stars in vintage, and if the recession is making you nervous Style Amour talks about what you should do if you get fired from the fashion industry.

How I Would Dress the Oscar Nominees - Anne Hathaway

Friday, February 20, 2009 0 comments
Anne Hathaway has been nominated for Best Actress for her role in Rachel Getting Married. Hathaway has a unique characteristic of looking good in just about anything, and wearing it well.

Hathaway at the 2008 Oscars

Hathaway at the 2007 Oscars

Hathaway at the premier of "Rachel Getting Married"

I saved Hathaway for last because I couldn't decide who I would like to see her wear. She would look equally smashing in 1940's Adrian, 1960's Norell, or 1980's St. Laurent. In the end, though, I knew it was Hathaway who could carry off the drama of 1950's Dior. And I would love to see Hathaway in any of these gorgeous gowns.

1951 dior evening gownWould you rather see her wear this 1951 Dior gown of gold embroidery on maroon tulle or.....

1955 dior evening gown....this 1955 gown made famous in Avedon's photo of Dovima with the Elephants......

.....or this 1957 Dior gown of red polka dots. The hem climbs slightly higher in the front, as you can see in the mirror.

Which would you choose?

Show and Tell~

Thursday, February 19, 2009 0 comments
Here is a small chest that I recently picked up for $4 bucks that I remade into a pirate chest for my grandson's upcoming Pirate Party that I host every year. Here is the before...... Here is the after....I've written two tutorials (with photos) on how to do the faux leather treatment on the outside of the trunk....and one on how I made over the inside of the pirate chest as well. If you've linked to my blog through "There is no place like Home" and wish to have more of a lookie-lou you can click "here" to enter~ You can view more Show and Tells here~