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Look Like Liz In Cat On A Hot Tin Roof!

By , 19 October, 2009, 1 Comment

Want a custom classic vintage style dress for the holidays? PinkPurr Studio, “a small custom design studio specializing in the look and femininity of the forties and fifties when the women were women and men were nervous!”, is again offering their reproduction of Liz Taylor’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Dress — including in leopard print!

Custom Reproduction Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Dress

Custom Reproduction Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Dress

This iconic dress requires nine yards of chiffon — not counting lining!

Oh What A Heavenly Hem!

By , 13 October, 2009, 2 Comments

I just adore this vintage black silk taffeta dress! The lower skirt is covered with black soutache, studded with black faceted beads, and then the arched scalloped edges finish in dainty black silk tassels hanging over a hemline of rose colored velvet. (There is an attached net crinoline beneath for shaping too — which really contrasts that inset waist treatment!)

1950's Black Taffeta Fitted Dress

1950's Black Taffeta Fitted Dress

The way the black tassels hang over the rose velvet reminds me of garters on stockings!

Soutache Embroidered Hemline with Black Tassels Over Rose Velvet

Soutache Embroidered Hemline with Black Tassels Over Rose Velvet

Vintage Mexican Circle Skirt Set

By , 9 October, 2009, 2 Comments

My circle skirt addiction might wane if I stopped spotting such beauties as this 1940’s Mexican circle skirt (and blouse).

1940's Hand Painted Mexican Circle Skirt & Blouse Set

1940's Hand Painted Mexican Circle Skirt & Blouse Set

This vintage hand painted dress set was made in Mexico by Mocambo in the 40’s. Along with a fabulous hand painted geometric design, the circle skirt has sashes that wrap in back, then the front to tie in a knot — and has hook and eyes to keep the sash in place.

Stanwyck Dramatics

By , 20 August, 2009, No Comment

If you like the dramatic look of Barbara Stanwyck’s floral dress…

Stanwyck In Dramatic Floral Print

Stanwyck In Dramatic Floral Print

Look at this vintage draped crepe rayon dress in grey with yellow & white floral print. It’s pretty and appropriate for work as well as special occasions.

Vintage Floral Draped Rayon Dress

Vintage Floral Draped Rayon Dress

This vintage dress features a V neckline, side zipper, and weighted sash panels for dramatic draping.

Violetville Vintage Floral Dress

Violetville Vintage Floral Dress

Modern To Mix In – The Michelle Dress In Black

By , 30 July, 2009, No Comment

Via Shop It To Me I found out that this classic little black Michelle Dress is on sale for just $29.99.

classic-little-black-dress-michelle-dress

Now all you need are some Hattie Carnegie gloves!

PS It also comes is pink & coral, if you should love the lines but already have a closet full of black.

Classic Come-Hither

By , 24 July, 2009, No Comment

There are few things as utterly glamorous than leopard print fashions.

Nina Leen Fashion Photo

Nina Leen Fashion Photo

We call such looks “classic” because ever since its debut, leopard print’s been incredibly popular.

Unlike it’s wild relatives (zebra print, faux snake, tiger and other big cats), which are fun, but can be loud, cheap & harsh, leopard has always managed to combine “wild” with a graceful, exotic class that’s both dramatic & seductive — more come-hither, than attention whore.

You might even have a difficult time guessing the year that Nina Leen took this photograph (1957) because leopard print really has never gone out of style; like red lips, it’s as glamorous as it gets.

Vintage Wardrobe Building With Accessories

By , 23 July, 2009, No Comment

When it comes to building a wardrobe — a real, honest-to-goodness working wardrobe — ladies used to insist on a few high quality dresses and then make the most of accessories.

Vintage Photo: Basic Dress & Accessories For Change

Vintage Photo: Basic Dress & Accessories For Change

There were collars (to go over & peep out from under), bows & belts, clips & jewelry, gloves & handbags… Matching & contrasting color combinations… So many styles & combinations, making one dress go from day to night & always seem new (or at least not the same old thing!)

When we made the switch to separates (tops & skirts, as opposed to one-piece dresses), we somehow became more dependent upon more garments rather than accessories. It’s rather a shame, both in terms of our budgets and our devotion to our wardrobes… You have to ask yourself how many times our modern garments actually are worn — or how much they are truly missed and need to be replaced. Having fewer dresses — but those you love — oh, that was not only more economical, but more about finding a dress that fit you well and that you loved.

And playing with the accessories is certainly a lot more fun than the Garanimals dressing we do today.

Photo, Basic Dress & Accessories For Change, by Nina Leen for Life Magazine, 1947.

“It happens every time, they all become blueberries.”

By , 22 July, 2009, 1 Comment

Remember in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory when Wonka’s showing off his new three-course dinner gum that’s flavored like tomato soup, roast beef and blueberry pie — and while he warns her not to chew it, Violet Beauregard does and she ends up looking like a giant blueberry?

Violet & Oompa-Loompas

Violet & Oompa-Loompas

Well, as a grown up woman with a sweet tooth of my own — and a love of vintage fashions — I dream of chewing such a gum and magically transform into wearing a dress like this full-skirted blue 50s chiffon novelty dress with fruit pattern:

Vintage 1950's Chiffon Novelty Print Full Skirt Dress

Vintage 1950's Chiffon Novelty Print Full Skirt Dress

The seller is confused by the “creative coloring” of the fruit, saying, “I have gone back and forth between peaches, lemons, limes, oranges, etc.” But I say why be confused? They are giant Wonka-esque blueberries! And I love it!

Vintage Novelty Fruit Pattern

Vintage Novelty Fruit Pattern

(Full) Skirting The Issue

By , 15 May, 2009, No Comment

I don’t think there’s a fashionista alive who hasn’t dreamed of a pretty full-skirted 1950’s New Look party dress or ball gown. But even when her pocketbook is willing, she has to pause and think to herself, “But where on earth will I ever wear it…?”

Oh, if only we dressed more. *sigh*

However, there are times when a girl just has to ignore the obvious and dream that dream — that’s called skirting the issue. And when you do the modern equivalent of window shopping by trolling eBay for 1950’s dresses, dreaming those little romantic fashion dreams, you’re “full skirting the issue!” *wink*

This 1950s full-skirted chiffon illusion party dress features flocking and — brace yourself — glitter! Has glitter ever been so glam?!

Vintage Illusion Chiffon Cocktail Dress

Vintage Illusion Chiffon Cocktail Dress

Think you have better chances to dress to the nines for a wedding or a garden party than a cocktail party? How about this stunning dress?

Vintage Garden Party Dress

Vintage Garden Party Dress

Then again, if you’re going to go for the dream why not go full-skirted, full-throttle diva? And I’m not saying this gorgeous hand-painted ball gown with a corset back is worthy of a diva — it actually belonged to Licia Albanese, the American opera singer who made her début in Milan in 1934 in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.

Vintage Diva Ball Gown

Vintage Diva Ball Gown

Did Someone Say Vintage Glamour?

By , 1 May, 2009, No Comment

My To Die For Item Of The Week: an orange silk crepe rhinestone belted bias cut gown from the 1930s. If bright orange silk crepe flowing to the floor doesn’t get you, how about the dramatic V neckline flanked by stunning tell-tale-30s folded lapels & the full dolman sleeves which taper to fitted wrists that rest as V’s over your hands… All that heaven, plus a prong set rhinestone belt?! Incredible!

The Incredible Drama Of 1930s Fashion

The Incredible Drama Of 1930s Fashion