Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My Sister the Stylist

A year ago this past weekend I lost my dear sister, Barbara. It's hard to believe a year has gone by since that tragic and traumatic time in my family. My sister loved fashion and made it her career. She worked in New York City for a time before moving to San Francisco in the late 1980s. There, she worked hard and became a fashion stylist for a few years before becoming a full time mom. She worked her way up in the industry and styled photo shoots for Levis, The Gap, and others, as well as many shoots for San Francisco Magazine.

While cleaning out Barb's personal effects, I came upon her portfolio from her stylist years. I took it out to look through it over the weekend and I want to share a couple of the shoots that Barb worked on for San Francisco Magazine. This editorial feature, called Little Luxuries, is from 1990 and was photographed by Ann Rhoney. The clothes are now considered vintage.

Celia Tehada silk organza blouse with black and gold lace skirt.

Giorgio di Sant'Angelo stretch netting gown.

Left: Bill Blass dress with illusion sequined bodice.
Right: Yves St. Laurent chiffon dress over black lace slip.

Carolyne Roehm velvet gown with fishtail hem and organza bodice.

Mr. Beene black and silver point d'esprit cocktail dress. Last year, I was sitting at Barb's dining room table flipping the pages of her portfolio when I came upon this image. I immediately burst into tears as I had the almost identical dress for sale on my website at the time. It has since sold and I had a hard time letting it go. It touched my heart to find this thread of connection between Barbara and I. Life is full of serendipity.


Sandy's Fancy Pants Antiques and Collectibles said...

Very sorry for your loss. Loved ones are forever in our hearts.
She did beautiful work.

Renée T. Bouchard said...

Your sister was obviously talented. I'm sorry to hear you lost her so early in her life.

FairyFiligree said...

what gorgeous dresses and what lovely styling = very classy & elegant. YOur sister sure had taste!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Thank you all! She was very good at whatever she did.

Sal said...

Oh lady, I had no idea. Sending loads of hugs your way. Clearly, your sister was a talented woman.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Thanks, Sal. She had great style, too.

Michelle of The Red Velvet Shoe said...

I, too, did not know of your loss....the one year anniversary can be such a difficult time. Your tribute to her memory is beautiful....it's obvious there is great talent in your family. Have a restful, thoughtful, gentle day.
xo Michelle

Erin said...

Those are beautiful photos of beautiful dresses from someone who sounds like she was a beautiful person. So bittersweet to remember those we have loved and lost. What a treasure that you have so much of her in your heart.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Thank you Michelle and Erin.

Lexy Mademyday said...

I can't begin to imagine how hard it can be to loose someone so close, but souvenirs are something to cherish and you do it very well with those pictures.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Thank you Lexy!

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