Sunday, December 27, 2009

Couture Allure Giveaway!

You know how it is. The holidays are over and the end of the year is upon us. It's the perfect time to clean, organize, and de-clutter your life. Yesterday, I decided to tackle the bookcases here in my office. Those bookcases hold hundreds of books and magazines that I've collected over the past 20 years starting when I was a fashion design student. The shelves hold many of my original design textbooks, my books about famous fashion designers, vintage magazines, my history of fashion research books, and my collection of vintage sewing and needlework books. I decided to tackle the bookcases because I needed to make room for new books and magazines I've added in the past year. And now I have a pile of wonderful books and magazines to give away to my customers and blog readers over the next few months.

Today's giveaway is the hardcover book "Terry Fox Fashion Collection" published in 1994.

Before Terry Fox opened her bridal couturier salon in the UK, she was a designer and teacher of couture sewing techniques. This book consists of patterns and instructions for 10 of her designs. It's in pristine, like new condition.

The patterns are on a grid which you'll need to enlarge, and Fox includes step-by-step instructions for each design with many couture sewing techniques included in the designs. The instructions are thorough, just as you'd expect from a good teacher. Even if you don't make the garments shown, you're bound to learn a new sewing technique or two by reading through the instructions.


How do you enter to win? Simple! Visit my website, www.coutureallure.com and pick your favorite item for sale. Leave a comment here with a link to that item and you're entered! OR become a new fan of Couture Allure on Facebook, come back here and leave a comment that you've done so. Do both, and you're entered twice! The winner will be drawn on Friday, January 1st. Please note: If your Blogger profile does not include your email address, please leave it in your comment so I have a way to contact you. The book will be shipped via Media Mail in the U.S. and First Class International Mail outside the U.S. It is important to note - if you live outside the U.S. or Canada, I will need to ask you to pay the postage costs, which could be as much as $20.00 depending upon where in the world you live.

26 comments:

Paula said...

I just love this http://www.coutureallure.com/products/vintage-50s-blue-beaded-silk-halter-evening-gown-dress-xs-bust-33 lovely evening gown. The beading is perfect and the cut is really nice. I'm sure the lucky girl who bought this is and will always be the queen of the evening.

Mandi said...

I adore this coat:
http://www.coutureallure.com/products/vintage-50s-uchikake-kimono-silk-evening-cocktail-opera-coat-medium-bust-42
I love Japanese textiles (I collect them) and would love to own this coat. Then I'd have to figure out where to wear it!

Mandi said...

I'm entering twice! I just went to facebook and became a fan!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Mandi, I love that coat too. It would look just as great with jeans as it would with a cocktail dress!

Debi said...

Yippeee...I love giveaways and this book looks great! I would love to make the full skirt outfit. I also really enjoyed browsing through your online shop. The dress that really caught my eye was the 1940's Frank Starr strapless evening gown. I love that it has a matching shawl: http://www.coutureallure.com/products/vintage-40s-frank-starr-strapless-evening-gown-dress-small-bust-34

Thanks!

Debi said...

I also just became a fan on Facebook! Thanks for the link!

Shannon said...

I am smitten with the Vintage 60s RICHARD TAM Couture Gold Brocade Babydoll Dress(http://www.coutureallure.com/products/vintage-60s-richard-tam-couture-gold-brocade-babydoll-dress-small-bust-34). I is so gorgeous!

I have also become a FB fan.

Denise said...

I just became a fan on Facebook, and I went to your site. I love the freshness of this coat: http://www.coutureallure.com/products/vintage-60s-yellow-daisy-brocade-coat-small-bust-36

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

OK, I am still sad about the pink lace one having sold but here is another one that I love:

www.coutureallure.com/products/vintage-50s-black-halter-full-skirt-party-dress-small-bust-36

Love the idea of others benefiting from you cleaning house!

Sharon said...

So hard to choose, but my heart skipped a beat when I saw this fabulous vintage 68 Oscar de la Renta evening gown and coat. http://www.coutureallure.com/products/vintage-1968-oscar-de-la-renta-brocade-evening-dress-with-matching-coat-medium-bust-38

Heather said...

I adore this dress:
http://www.coutureallure.com/products/vintage-60s-victoria-royal-mod-black-sequin-wrap-dress-small-bust-36

Cathrine said...

I just became a fan on Facebook :-)

Cathrine said...

I love the Vintage 50s Metallic Jacquard Full Skirt Cocktail Dress Medium bust 38.
http://www.coutureallure.com/collections/dresses-1/50s
It is so pretty and I love the pleats!

becky sternberg. said...

i just became a fan on facebook.

wodehousefan said...

My favorite is the Vintage 50s Plus Size Black Crepe Cocktail. I love the neckline!

Heidi said...

http://www.coutureallure.com/products/vintage-30s-black-velvet-bias-cut-evening-gown-small-bust-34 Mentally filed under W for "wedding dress inspiration". :) Gorgeous.

KB said...

http://www.coutureallure.com/products/vintage-60s-mod-op-art-cotton-pique-coat-small-bust-36

I just recently found your blog and have really been enjoying it. I just took the opportunity to check out your website. There are so many amazing pieces! This one just looks like it would keep away the Winter blues in Portland.
Thanks for all of the interesting hours of procrastination you have provided me!

KB said...

Just became a fan on Facebook too!
Thanks again for everything!

Paula said...

I really like http://www.coutureallure.com/products/vintage-50s-claire-mccardell-grey-wool-dress-owned-by-mary-cantwell-small

the pleats~

Catwalk Creative said...

I've just joined your Facebook page. This is a great way of clearing out your unwanted fashion books! My email is catwalkcreative@googlemail.com

Caitlin said...

this sounds like a really cool book! My favorite item in your shop is http://www.coutureallure.com/products/vintage-60s-richard-tam-couture-gold-brocade-babydoll-dress-small-bust-34 soo beautiful! I would love to wear it

Lachlan said...

I love this

http://www.coutureallure.com/products/vintage-60s-silk-chiffon-evening-gown-att-sarmi-small-bust-36

it's so romantic.

Tart Deco said...

If I was a few dress sismaller, the Vintage 50s Brown Plaid Full Skirt Swing Dress Small bust 37" would be mine :)

Tart Deco said...

Just became a facebook fan too!

Thanks for the giveaway. The book looks delightful.

Theresa N. said...

I went to the grocery store the other day and it was so cold I pulled out my vintage 80's coat because it's so warm. People were doing a double take, beat they'd do a triple look with this Vintage 70s Pale Blue Mohair Coat it's so beautiful.
Theresa N
weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

Liz said...

I am now a fan on Facebook! Great Marketing idea BTW

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