Monday, March 04, 2013

L.A. Frockstars and the Best Giveaway Ever!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO ENTERED! 

Get ready to go behind the seams of Hollywood's hottest vintage outfit. Don’t miss the all-new Smithsonian Channel series L.A. Frock Stars featuring Doris Raymond and her team of vintage virtuosos as they give fine vintage frocks a second chance to shine at today’s biggest red-carpet events. L.A. Frock Stars premieres this Thursday at 8pm ET & PT / 7pm CT on Smithsonian Channel. Go to smithsonianchannel dot com to find the channel on your TV.

I am so excited!  Couture Allure has been asked to partner with the Smithsonian Channel's new reality show, "L.A. Frock Stars" and give you the opportunity to win one of 10 copies of "Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style!"

First, let's talk about the show.  I have watched the first episode of "L.A. Frock Stars", which goes behind the scenes at Doris Raymond's well known vintage store, The Way We Wore in Los Angeles.  May I just say, I am very impressed!   The show has done a fabulous job of respecting the clothing and honoring the vintage industry.  You'll get to see some incredible vintage clothing, and who doesn't want to see Dita Von Teese try on 1950s Christian Dior Haute Couture?  You can watch the first episode of "L.A. Frock Stars" online at the show's website, or if you get On Demand programming as part of your cable package, you can watch it now on your TV.


Second, let's talk about the book.  I recommended "Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style" to you back in January after I read it.  This is an incredible 480 page book filled with full color photos of actual garments and a detailed history of costume and fashion from ancient Egypt right on through the 1990s.  Believe me, you WANT this book!  And I'm giving away 10 copies courtesy of The Smithsonian Channel and "L.A. Frock Stars!"

How do you enter to win?  Simply head over to the "L.A. Frock Stars" website and have a look around.  Then come on back here and leave a comment about what was your favorite moment in the first episode or which episode you are looking forward to seeing most.  If your email address is not attached to your Blogger profile, please put it in your comment so I can contact you on Friday. 10 winners will be selected at random and announced on Friday, March 8.  Please note that this giveaway is only available to those of you in the US and Canada.  Enjoy the show and good luck!

 THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO ENTERED!

53 comments:

LisaG said...

I would LOVE this show and Dish Network does not have it in my area :( In Central California, can you believe it?? I would LOVE this book in my library!!

zambesi nz said...

There is no doubt in it that the show has done a fabulous job of respecting the clothing and honoring the vintage industry..Good work done.

dotters said...

I love seeing how the rich and famous 'work' a vintage outfit! Can't wait to see more!

Ann Bartelt said...

Amazing show! Sometimes I feel like I'm one of the only people who appreciate good vintage. The Dior pieces from the 50's were gorgeous! So jealous!!!

Julie said...

I think Chanel is the line for the best classics. Why don't they make long gowns like that anymore, the new ones are all about showing skin where the vintage gowns are all about elegance and grace

Theresa said...

Love the pop up captions on each designer (their mini bio) when they find their pieces...watched the current episode.

Adrianne B said...

I am most looking forward to the "Business of Vintage" episode with Debi Mazar! Love her...one of my style icons and my doppelganger! adriannebraun@yahoo.com

Wanda Ivette said...

wow...amazing book and a wait for the serie!!!!

Joanne Klein said...

So looking forward to this show,especially the first episode!

up your ear said...

Well I look forward to seeing more than a clip. I met Doris on a visit to her store! I was very impressed at how nice and down to earth she is. I must stop over and visit again!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jodie on your opportunity! Can't wait to see what this diversity of talent brings to the show. Their offerrings will be eclectic to say the least. But I 'm hoping for period accuracy in their offerings. Nontheless, it should be fun to watch.

Lateboomer said...

Classic lines never go out of style. I agree with Julie about Chanel. Let's bring back classy couture on the runway...

Gail Eames said...

How cool! I look forward to seeing more!! Love the statement: Vintage is the new black. What fun to see all the eye candy!! gaildavid@kingcon.net

Vintagegal said...

My favorite moment from the first episode is Doris examining that "Poiret" dress. It really emphasized that quality vintage is as much about the inside construction of the garment, as the outside appearance. She is very savvy, and unafraid of walking away from a piece if it isn't authentic; that makes her a very trustworthy merchant.

{ jessica } said...

I'd love to see the episode: if clothes could talk. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! silverbeamdreams [at] gmail [dot] com

Keroline Simmonds said...

I am anonymous! Keroline Simmonds

Mayrozez said...

Dear me. Watching Dita von Teese try on one mouth-watering look after another almost brought tears to my eyes. Can't wait to watch the rest of the series. Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention!

Anonymous said...

I love how Doris looks at vintage in the light of today's fashion.
kmisner@comcast.net

Tili said...

I am in my final year of a fashion marketing degree, and we have several classes devoted to fashion history-- I'm so excited to watch this, EVERY SINGLE EPISODE! It'll be the closest I can get to working at the Met costume gallery for the for the next five years. Thank you for letting me know about this incredible show! Hooray! I feel like doing a --vintage-- dance! Charleston? Lindy Hop? Electric slide?

Anonymous said...

The book may be available to people in the U.S. and Canada, but unfortunately, the video is not available in Canada. So I am looking forward to seeing the first episode!
Jonathan

kickshaw@rogers.com

Hatfeathers Vintage said...

Wow! I didn't know about this show before (I live in a cable-free bubble). Just watched it online (thank you for making that available!) and really enjoyed it. The part that stood out to me was the educational tidbits, the info about underpinnings, ruching, and of course the designers.

Anonymous said...

Chanel haute couture? I cannot wait. ajziegler1@verizon.net

ClubVintageFashions said...

Thanks for bringing this show to my attention, I don't usually watch much TV and hadn't heard about the show. I can't wait to see the Holy Grail episode, it sounds right up my alley. I will definately be watching all of the episodes now!

Ideasbrewing said...

OMG!!! This looks amazing! I'd love to see the vintage fashion expo in Santa Monica. Sadly, I can't even watch the video where I live, so will be looking into the other options available. :(

Ideasrbrewing@shaw.ca

Glamoursurf said...

Thank you Jody, I enjoyed the whole thing. Seeing Dita make the clothes come to life was an awesome part, hearing Doris articulate all the benefits along with the misconceptions of vintage was very heartwarming. Her knowledge is incredible and I want to be her shadow for a day.

Blackmail Couture said...

It was great to see a vintage dealer who is knowledgeable about couture construction and recognized the issues with the Chanel and Poiret. There are so many fakes and altered designer garments out there now that less educated dealers and buyers can make very expensive mistakes. I loved that they showed why she wasn't buying those items ---- and that buying and selling vintage isn't as simple as running up to a thrift store rack and finding a Chanel to flip for a huge profit which is what much of the media depicts right now.

Lizzie said...

Finally, a decent show about vintage. I'll admit that my favorite part was Doris shopping at the vintage expo.

thevintagetraveler@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

L.A. Frock Stars just might become my favorite show! I really enjoyed the educational information and scene on underpinnings.

triwy1@aol.com

Jazzbug said...

Thank you for this opportunity to share the book! I have heard of this Store and am looking forward to seeing what goes on inside!

Jenifir said...

I must seek this tv show out! While my fashion history book shelf has many volumes, I would love to make room for this book.

Anonymous said...

I loved the commentary regarding vintage, what makes it special. Besides that, watching Von Teese Model the undergarments was charming.

Flannery Crane
Flanneryhome@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

A friend just told me about this new show. I love anything vintage and can't wait to see the upcoming shows.

gabcat37@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I'm amazed at the value of the clothing in the Way We Wore shop. Can't wait to see what happens in the show. I love vintage fashion, so will be drooling throughout. :)

Janetnewcomer@yahoo.com

Georgia Peachez said...

I just watched the whole episode online. Sadly, my cable provider doesn't have it in my area :-<
Luv,luv,luved it. My favorite part was the shopping at the vintage clothing show and finding the Chanel from the 30's. Wow.
suzy@georgiapeachez.com

Dakota said...

Exciting indeed!! I can't wait to watch it when I get home, but from browsing the site, I'll be looking forward to the "If This Dress Could Talk" episode; I love a garment with provenance!

michele hamdorf said...

hola working with the queen of Burlesque how can I not win . I will have Dita sign as well mwahs x

K2 said...

I have this set up to record on my DVR, but I followed your link and watched it just now. I cracked up when they had the guy in the shop as their gown fit model. But my favorite part was at the very end of the episode when the shop owner said "Vintage is timeless." I quite agree.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a wonderful opportunity for you, Jody! I was stunned when the girls found the 1930s Chanel, but were hesitant to buy because of modern additions not present at the time the dress was constructed. I also love how she gave you a play-by-play of the Poiret dress' construction!
Tara
(Tara.Lotstein@glasgowalumni.net

Fashion Artist said...

I loved the entire first episode but if I were to choose one part of the episode it would be when Dita tried on the Dior dress. When I saw that dress I was speechless! It even inspired me and that is what vintage is an artistic masterpiece that not only is beautifully executed but also timeless. I have been going to flea markets looking for vintage clothing since I was eight so this show is such a fountain of information! I can't wait to see more episodes.

Amber said...

What a great show!!

My favorite part in episode one was Dita's New Look gray tweed ensemble. What a glorious set!!!

amber@amberwest.com

Anonymous said...

I love seeing how much fun Dita von Teese has "playing dress up"!!

ktbell@alum.dartmouth.org

Cheryl said...

I am looking forward to the "Holy Grail" episode. You never know when you are going to find a treasure. When I was in high school and the East Village was a very different neighborhood, I bought a Don Loper Original (as in that famous I Love Lucy episode) lace-covered satin evening suit from a guy who was selling random objects that were laid out on a sheet on the sidewalk. For $20!

Emily Jones said...

Love Dita, excited to watch the first episode!! :D emilychinchilla at gmail dot com

Mary Jane said...

What a fabulous show. It is so nice to see a show like this that truly represents what vintage fashion is all about in every sense.

Dita certainly did that 50s Dior New Look ensemble justice, even her hairdo was special.

Looking forward to seeing every episode!

Mary Jane

Anonymous said...

What wasn't there to LOVE about the episode?!!! So many yummy vintage confections! The hightlight for me was seeing the Fabulous Dita! Seeing vintage on a real body instead of a hanger is a treat.

Dawn Steckmesser
jdsteck@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

I am so glad there is a show on vintage fashion. As a collector and seller of vintage, I think it is about time. Loved Dita in the Dior dress. vintage571@att.net

BetterDressesVintage said...

Congratulations, Jody, I'm excited for you! Sounds like a wonderful opportunity. Will watch episode 1 right now. p.s. Tell The Way We Wore and my Claire McCardell playsuit I say, "Hi!"

Madame Babette said...

Finally, a show about vintage and antique fashion that understands the subject in its many facets and its history.. I really enjoyed watching the first episode. Doris is one of the best in the business and I was so happy that she was the star of this show, and she is one of the the best possible hosts. I am looking forward to the "Holy Grail" episode. As a life long collector myself, I have my own Holy Grail, and it will be fun to watch a kindred spirit searching for, and hopefully finding ,her dream garment. My hope is that they will devote an entire show to hats and millinery, of course! Thank you Jody.

Unknown said...

what a lovely giveaway, Jody! i'm unable to view the episode but am going to keep trying. i'm looking forward to seeing dita try on dior. (christy @ 4birdsvintage

figure8studio said...

Was finally able to see the first episode and thoroughly enjoyed it. Specially for the educational aspects of it.

Of course who cannot fall in love with that 50's Little black velvet beaded Dior Dita tried on at The Way We wore? Swoon!

Thank you for the heads up and the opportunity to enter for the book. It must be very exciting being involved with this project.

Congratulations!
Liz ♥ www.figure8studio.com

Shannon said...

I was excited to see the Dior underpinnings. What a fantasy to get to work with such craftsmanship on a regular basis. It was also nice to see respect and a sense of conservancy shown toward the clothes.

ErawearVintage said...

Just took a 1+ hour stroll thru the video & all the clips on Smithsonian...my kinda TV show....wanting more!
I met Doris Raymond briefly when I had a B&M vintage clothing store in the Bay Area.
her inventory is AMAZING!!!! Drool.....

Anonymous said...

Amazing vintage clothing show on Smithsonian channel!! Looking forward to many more episodes....definitely a vintage fashion enthusiasts kind of show!! Would love to go rummage around in Doris R's lovely boutique....& meet Kyle & the gang!
jchatcat@gmail.com

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