Friday, January 31, 2014

Pretty in Pink - 1955

This pretty pink confection of a dress is my idea of perfection.  The neckline is adorned with pink flowers that coordinate with the cotton print.  Dress by Perullo of David Hart, summer 1955.

Photo from a full page ad for Signature Fine Art Fabrics, 1955.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Fashion Lesson From the War Years - 1943

1943.  The world is enmeshed in war.  There's not a lot of money for new clothes.  It's the age of "make-do and mend."  The smart woman makes a fashion statement with what she has, combining her clothing in new and different ways, perhaps buying just a new red belt or gloves to co-ordinate with the black and white check dress she already owns.  She piles on all the bracelets she can find and makes it work....with great success.

Can you make do today?  Do you really need something new to make a fashion statement?  Reach for an old favorite in your closet and combine it in a new way with accessories you already own.  Don't spend your money on fast fashion garments that will fall apart, fade, shrink and pill.  The vintage in your closet has stood the test of time.  It was made with far better fabrics and construction techniques than anything you can purchase today. 

Wear a classic.  Wear vintage.

Photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harper's Bazaar, 1943.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Weekend Eye Candy - Gilbert Orcel, 1952

Gorgeous gray hat by French milliner Gilbert Orcel for spring 1952.  Insert smile here.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dior Sundress - 1954

I usually think of opulent and magnificent ballgowns and cocktail dresses when vintage Dior comes to mind, but the house did cute cotton sundresses too, as evidenced by this photo from 1954.

Photo from L'Officiel, 1954.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Stripes for Spring - 1955

There's nothing quite like the look of a tiny bolero jacket over a fitted dress.  This set by Minx Modes from 1955 features a cotton stripe jacket in beige, olive and white over a beige rayon dress. Set sold for $18 in 1955 (about $156 in today's dollar.)

Photo by Derujinsky for Harper's Bazaar, 1955.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Donald Brooks for Sinclair - 1970

Sinclair Mills was a swimsuit manufacturer.  Over the years, they contracted with several big name designers to produce lines of swimwear.  In the early 60s, Tom Brigance worked for them.  Donald Brooks produced designs for Sinclair in the late 1960s and early 70s, and Giorgio Sant'Angelo followed him starting in 1975.

This bikini with matching maxi skirt was designed by Donald Brooks for Sinclair in 1970.  The halter top has very long strings that tie at the back of the neck and then wrap around and around, however you choose.  The maxi skirt can be worn at the waist, the hips, or even over the shoulders when you've had enough sun.  All in black nylon.  Sold for $95 in 1970 (about $571 in today's dollar.)

Photo by Bergstrom for Vogue, 1970.
Model, Lynn Sutherland

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Dior and Crystal - 1958

Another image in the series Gleb Derujinsky did with crystal chandeliers for Harper's Bazaar in 1958.  The model wears a black satin and velvet cocktail dress with coat by Christian Dior - New York and a head hugging cocktail hat by the same designer.  I like the addition of the mirror in this shot.

Photo by Gleb Derujinsky for Harper's Bazaar, 1958
Fashion editory, Diana Vreeland

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Brocade and Crystal - 1958

Yesterday, I showed you a beautiful image taken by Gleb Derujinsky in 1958.  Here is another in the same series.  I'd really love to see behind the scenes shots of Derujinsky setting up the lighting and the placement of the models for these photos.  As you'll see, each is very different.  More tomorrow!

The white silk brocade dress is by Mollie Parnis.  Interesting shape to that armhole.  Dress sold for $145 in 1958 (about $1,169 in today's dollar.)  Hat by Irene of New York.

Photo by Gleb Derujinsky for Harper's Bazaar, 1958.
Fashion editor, Diana Vreeland.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Black and Crystal - 1958

I adore crystal and sparkle, which is why I adore this image.  In the fall of 1958, Gleb Derujinsky chose to photograph several evening looks amidst a plethora of crystal chandeliers for Harper's Bazaar.  I'll be showing you several of these images this week.

Take a closer look at this voluminous evening coat by Anita Modes.  While this coat may have looked a bit too much in a solid fabric, it is perfect in black lace that allows the slender black taffeta cocktail dress underneath to peek through.  The gathered pouf at the hem of the coat is in the same taffeta as the dress.  Quite striking!  Pose that black in the center of all the crystal and you have perfection!

Photo by Gleb Derujinsky for Harper's Bazaar, 1958.
Fashion editor, Diana Vreeland.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Weekend Eye Candy - Pauline Trigere, 1973

 My post about Pauline Trigere yesterday brought up this image of a Trigere gown from the Fall of 1973.  Memories!

I sold the identical gown several years ago on my Couture Allure site.  It was a stunner!

Photo by Richard Avedon for Vogue, 1973.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Pauline Trigere Dress - 1970

If I had come across this outfit in my travels, I would have dated it to the mid-to-late 70s.  It is my experience that these handkerchief hems and floaty capes are more Disco than Boho.  But I would have been wrong, wrong, wrong.  This full page ad for Nan Duskin that features the Pauline Trigere ensemble is from the spring of 1970.  Still learning after all these years!

 Here's a very similar ensemble by Trigere in the collection of the Met Museum.  This one is dated 1971.

Full page ad for Nan Duskin from Vogue, 1970. Illustration by Duffy.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Photography by Gleb Derujinsky

Yesterday I showed you a marvelous photo by Gleb Derujinsky from 1954.  In looking at some of his other work online, I found that he often had a wonderfully quirky point of view and used surprising juxtapositions of high fashion mixed with everyday or even strange objects.  Above, the model, Gleb's wife Ruth, is wearing a Rose Marie Reid swimsuit while perching atop a dinosaur replica in 1960.

2 models wearing Pierre Cardin dresses pose with a French woman holding baguettes and a poodle with an injured leg.  Photo from 1958.

Models wear dresses by Norman Norell and hats by Halston in a French stairwell, 1961.

Model poses at the early morning fish market in France, 1957.

Model with harp, 1951.

All photos by Gleb Derujinsky for Harper's Bazaar.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Paul Parnes Suit - 1954

Photographer Gleb Derujinsky worked as a fashion photographer for Harper's Bazaar in the 1950s and 60s.  In 1954, he was given an assignment to photograph tweed suits for an editorial spread.  His inspiration was to pose the models in front of the polished granite of a New York building.  The tweed juxtaposed with the granite gives interesting texture to all the photos.  Shown here is the best one of the bunch.

Paul Parnes designed this tweed suit.  The jacket is edged and decorated with black braid and the decorative gold buttons add just the right touch at the unusual closure.  Suit sold for $145 in 1954 (about $1,265 in today's dollar.)  Hat by Emme (and likely designed by Adolfo.)

Gleb Derujinsky and his wife died in a tragic car accident in their home town of Durango, Colorado in 2011.

Photo by Gleb Derujinsky for Harper's Bazaar, 1954.