Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Win a Copy of "Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style!"

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!

41 comments:

Joanna said...

My favorite moment in the first episode had to be when Dita tried on the Dior gown and we also got to see the underwork. Just amazing!! How I would have loved to be in her shoes!
Please sign me up for your fabulous giveaway!
My email jvanrit@yahoo.com

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dana said...

I'd like to see the awards shows episode!

The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

I rarely watch any sort of reality shows, but this is in a different category! All that eye candy, yummers. Hard to pick out a favorite moment! I did love it when she passed on the Chanel dress because it had been retrofitted with zippers. And the scene with her boy employee modeling dresses was fun - although it made it very clear why someone with my body type is hard put to find great vintage clothing!

Sarah Schrock said...

The holy grail episode looks fun. I too usually can't stomach reality TV, but I'd make an exception for this.

Dame du Diable said...

I thought it was funny when a stylist came in, looked at a vintage shoe and said "Ooh, they're a size six!" If I wore a size six shoe, I'd have a closet full of vintage shoes, instead I have one pair that is too small. I really enjoyed seeing the Dior dresses move. It's a very different experience to see a piece exist four dimensionally rather than just in a picture. I also enjoyed getting to see the underpinnings, but I think what I got out of it most was actually hearing some of the designers names pronounced. I've only ever read about most designers of vintage clothes, so I've never heard the designers' names pronounced before.
Please enter me in the drawing!

Jennifer said...

The owner appears to have great knowledge of vintage. I found it interesting that she saw something was 'off' with the Poiret at the fashion expo.

Janilyn said...

Oh wow! I have not seen this before. Must watch! Thank you!

Heidi said...

I'm really looking forward to the "Holy Grail" episode. It's my dream to find a treasure at the local thrift store, but I'm pretty sure it'll never happen. The dream lives on!

Katherine said...

I think my favourite part of the episode was watching Dita try on various clothes! She has such a fabulous air about her, and really knows how to wear and carry the beautiful vintage clothing the store makes available to her!

I also enjoyed watching the owner at the expo exercising her vast knowledge of historical clothing.

OH!! and the design inspiration space next door!

Needless to say, this show is amazing & feels like it was made JUST for me to enjoy (and I work in reality TV )!

Joie deVivre said...

I really enjoyed that episode! But I think my favorite part was the "dog and pony", because it really is a marvel to see how much better a dress looks on a body than on a hanger. The show makes me wish I had more time to sit down and watch TV. Please sign me up for your drawing!
joie_devivre@comcast.net

Mary Applebaum said...

I definitely look forward to the "Holy Grail" episode!!!

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Glamourbrain said...

Would love a copy of the book!

rusty spur said...

If This Dress Could Talk.. always fascinating to have a back story to a piece. I worked in vintage for years, and had several pieces with histories attached. Donating some to the local museum was an honour. Please, would love an opportunity to have this treasure! bunnyfugazi@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

@Heidi Keep that dream alive! I found many beautiful things at thrift stores. The last thing I found was a mint condition Lilli Ann red wool coat from Paris with mink around the collar and all the way down the front. $7.95.

Angie said...

There is some fabu pieces still out there so the hunt is on!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book so I could share with my students.I love the fashion from this period the women were so elegant

Cassie powers said...

Well, I'd prefer to watch it in my area, but I found out that Comcast, here in Seattle area doesn't offer it.. I guess I'm going to have to watch it online then..(hope this comment still makes me eligible for the book..? )

Di Mills said...

Looking forward to the Holy Grail episode ;)

Beth said...

I just watched the first episode and it was like dying and going to vintage heaven! A feast for the eyes!!! Tulips0919@roadrunner.com

isabella said...

I love how you have the gift of adding a touch of whimsy to each outfit you model. The episode I am looking forward to learning more about is the one where you are going to bid on the vintage couture. This will be magical! Thank you for including me in your drawing. My email is isabellvi@hotmail.com.

Faye Lougher said...

The cover image is so stunning I think I'd have to buy a new coffee table in order to do the book justice!

Anonymous said...

This show looks like lots of fun! I'm most looking forward to the "Quest for the Holy Grail" episode. I hope there are rabbits in it. ;-) I think I will really enjoy the show. I'm not able to find much vintage in my area anymore, I'm glad I got a few things back in the 90s before vintage got so popular. My email address is deanna201athotmail.com, and I would love to have that book. The cover picture is fabulous.

Angie said...

I really enjoyed the scene where she passes up the "Poiret" dresses because she could not verify it. I love learning about the process behind many of the services that I receive because it helps me appreciate those in that business. Finding good vintage pieces is hard work.

Rebecca said...

This may sound sadistic, but I really loved that minute when she put the Chanel dress back because it had zippers in it. Such a purist! I love it.

Amanda said...

All the shots of Dita were amazing! And of course all of those wonderful gowns. I loved Dita in the Dior. I could watch hours of Dita and fashion. I also liked the pop-up information during the show. I thought that definitely added learning points. I wish I got Smithsonian channel! I'll have to keep an eye on the website.

The fashion was amazing. I wish I fit in vintage clothing! It's just not that forgiving for someone needing massive alterations.

I definitely hope to win the book. It's on my wishlist.

Anonymous said...

Awesome show! My favourite part was Dita's fashion show!!! Such an amazing figure.

- Janet
jnetdj@gmail.com

Michelle @ The Red Velvet Shoe said...

I borrowed this amazing book from my public library and actually told my daughter to tell Daddy that THIS is what I want for my wedding anniversary present in April! I can't wait to see the episode "If This Dress Could Talk" since part of my love for vintage garments is that they do have a history ...the inspiration for my blog name! Please enter me in this give~away & congrats on your partnership with The Smithsonian Channel! ~M.
(you have my email :)

Renée T. Bouchard said...

Definitely looking forward to the Awards Season episode. I would love to be entered into this contest! Thank you! :)

BoPeep said...

Okay, can I just say how disappointed I am that I don't get the Smithsonian Channel?! This series looks like it's actually informative and entertaining. Off to find if any of the episodes are streaming...

ps. Thank you for the book drawing, too!

HaveaKiki said...

Seeing Ditta in beautiful clothes is always a highlight. I wish I got this channel. Fingers crossed Hope I win one the the books.

Shannon said...

It is all about Ditta for me. She has the best looks and it is amazing to see where they come from.

troublekitty said...

Wow! I didn't even know this show existed...I'm excited to watch! I can't wait to see "If this dress could talk".

rk said...

I loved watching Dita try on those wonderful Diors! I am looking forward to seeing them shop at Vintage Martini in Dallas.
-Rebekka

Anonymous said...

The Inspiration Area was awesome to behold; it is like heaven on earth. Wish I had a creative mind to make something from swatches. Nevertheless, the entire vintage line of gowns and peignoirs was my favorite parts. Thanks, Jody, for posting this.
Regards,
Victoria
vinteriors@lycos.com

Anonymous said...

i was born in the wrong decade... but i till wear the frocks!

Laura Mae said...

This is what reality television should be! Thank you for bringing this to my attention!

I love Dita’s style (it is so reassuring to see that she truly appreciates her vintage pieces), and I remember seeing pictures online of her in that grey Dior – I wonder if the paparazzi shots were from this day of filming? I wish we got to see the inside of that garment!

The embroidered black Dior is STUNNING! But the YSL for Dior in black is pretty fabulous too.

How fun would it be to go shopping for a day with Ms. Dita!?!

I also love the shop’s “fit model” - too funny!

Hollis said...

What a great opportunity for you, Jody! And wonderful of you to share it with all of us.

Alisha Schultze said...

Dita's Fashion Show was great!!

Milenushka said...

I loved the Dita episode:)

Katherine Wolfe Rossi said...

Thank you for writing about this show, for I would not have found it otherwise! I watched the first episode and adored seeing Dita von Teese wearing Dior New Look. I just read Dior's autobiography so timing was perfect.

Monique Combes said...

Hope I'm not too late! I enjoyed the entire episode but when the jeans designer was taken next door to the 'Designer Room' and I saw all those fabrics and swatches and trims, etc, I couldn't get close enough to the TV. I wanted to be there to sit and pat and feel. How amazing!!!

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