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Thirsty For Vintage Lucite Purses?

By , 29 January, 2010, No Comment

How about a Lucite purse from the 50’s in a root beer color? This vintage tortoise shell box purse has brass fixtures and rhinestones — like little glittering ice cubes in the root beer! lol

Vintage Root Beer Colored Lucite Purse With Rhinestones

Vintage Root Beer Colored Lucite Purse With Rhinestones

Delight In The Toy Wife

By , 22 January, 2010, No Comment

The second Luise Rainer film I watched was such a fabulous film that I’m now devoted to collecting everything I can from or about it.

Luise Rainer in The Toy Wife, 1938

Luise Rainer in The Toy Wife, 1938

Since this film is a period piece, I posted my review of The Toy Wife (1938) elsewhere — but I did discover something fashion related to discuss…

On the back of the old MGM promotional film still photo by Clarence Bull, the following is typed:

Grey Faille with blue velvet ribbon detail and corded bow fastenings is charming in this costume designed by Adrian for Luise Rainer, in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production, “The Toy Wife.” Bonnet of grey straw with blue and grey feather frou-frou and blue velvet tie.

This reminds me that once upon a time, movie stars, especially the actresses, were noted for the fashions they wore in films — not just the red carpets. Seeing such information that was distributed by the studios proves that fashions and designers themselves were part of the film promotion.

Today, if such photos and captions are provided and/or used, the caption probably has more to do with who the actress slept with, some arrest information or other bit of notoriety to gossip about. I much prefer to gossip about the glamour of film and the fashion in film, don’t you?

Back Of Photo Still

Back Of Photo Still

Another Vintage Material Girl

By , 18 January, 2010, 3 Comments

Via this funny post at Kitschy Kitschy Coo, I found a link to this vintage photo of a singing diva that certainly looks an awful lot like Madonna — like vintage Madonna, anyway. (And don’t you just love that gown she’s wearing?!)

1929 Singing Diva

1929 Singing Diva

Do you know who she is?

It’s Olga Baclanova (pronounced bahk-LAH-no-vah), known best for the cult classic Freaks (1932).

She sure reminds me of Madonna.

Olga Baclanova

Olga Baclanova

Olga doesn’t always bear such a striking photographic resemblance to Madonna though…

Olga Baclanova Wearing Hostess Pajamas, 1929

Olga Baclanova Wearing Hostess Pajamas, 1929

Here’s what’s printed on the back of that vintage promotional photo:

HOSTESS PAJAMAS are introduced to Hollywood by Baclanova, Paramount’s Russian artist, who selects green and silver metal cloth, bound with shimmering silver braid for an unusual costume. Exotic modernistic earrings complete this effective ensemble.

OMG Vintage Moment Of The Week – For Fashion & Purse Lovers!

By , 15 January, 2010, 2 Comments

This vintage black wool circle skirt by Madalyn Miller features a working purse applique!

Vintage Madalyn Miller Circle Skirt With Purse

Vintage Madalyn Miller Circle Skirt With Purse

The cream wool felt purse with silver and black detail work has a working gold clasp that opens up, making it a functional vintage purse!

Working Felt Purse Applique On Vintage Black Felt Skirt

Working Felt Purse Applique On Vintage Black Felt Skirt

Available for sale at, and photos from, Wear It Again Sam Vintage Clothing.

Madalyn Miller Original Label

Madalyn Miller Original Label

Meeting Luise Rainer

By , 14 January, 2010, No Comment

I stayed up late Tuesday night, celebrating Luise Rainer‘s 100th birthday with TCM. This was my introduction to Rainer — and even though the three films I watched are neither her best known films nor those she won her two (back-to-back) Oscars for, I was smitten.

Luise Rainer

Luise Rainer

The first movie I watched was The Emperor’s Candlesticks (1937), which, frankly, is often dismissed as more eye-candy than substantive film. It’s easy to do, what with such opulent settings for two wealthy spies each on opposite ends of political intrigues who manage to fall for each other. But if you listen as well as watch, there’s a sophistication and elegance to the acting too. Especially the banter between Rainer and William Powell.

William Powell & Luise Rainer in Emperor's Candlesticks

William Powell & Luise Rainer in Emperor's Candlesticks

Enjoy the lush settings, but don’t forget to focus on the faces and the dialog — if you do pay attention, it’s rather like the delight of employing the secret compartments in the antique candlesticks.

Vintage Magazine Article On The Emperor's Candlesticks

Vintage Magazine Article On The Emperor's Candlesticks

It’s not my favorite of the three Rainer films I watched, but it was good enough for me to want to watch another…

The Glamour Of Lace Shawls

By , 14 January, 2010, 2 Comments

The elegant and elaborate lace shawl is a glamorous accessory many think of only for holiday dressing — which is probably why Valentino’s Sequin Lace Shawl is on sale at Neiman Marcus (sale found via Shop It To Me Sale Mail).

Sequin Lace Shawl By Valentino

Sequin Lace Shawl By Valentino

But the shawl really knows no season, nor is it limited only to black-tie events. It’s just a bit of glamour you throw on with any old thing, right Myrna Loy?

Myrna Loy & Lace Shawl

Myrna Loy & Lace Shawl

(Myrna Loy autographed photo via MovieTreasures.com.)

Vivien Leigh agrees.

Vivien Leigh Lace Shawl

Vivien Leigh Lace Shawl

A Dress To Match Liz Taylor’s Eyes

By , 12 January, 2010, 3 Comments

This vintage dress by Ida Mea of Chicago is a lot like the legendary eyes of Elizabeth Taylor: absolutely stunning in both shape and color. Created by layers of periwinkle chiffon over a pinked lavender shade of what I believe looks like a taffeta, note the incredible way the chiffon not only drapes, but is ruched and folded to create lines as well as depth. But the beauty doesn’t stop there — there’s ivory lace at the bodice, a shelf bust, and boning too.

Elegant Vintage Dress With Chiffon Overlay

Elegant Vintage Dress With Chiffon Overlay

Ida Mae Tag Inside Vintage Dress

Ida Mae Tag Inside Vintage Dress

High Five Friday (Mostly Silent Film Goodies!)

By , 8 January, 2010, No Comment

I’m giving High-Fives this Friday to:

1. Incredible silent film news at Inherited Values: finding lost Annette Kellerman film footage! (Other silent film finds too!)

2. And, if you don’t know who Annette Kellerman is… Check out this piece on Kellerman at Gadabout.

Signed Annette Kellerman Photo

Signed Annette Kellerman Photo

3. Also at Inherited Values: meet Mary Fuller — and let her introduce you to Frankenstein?!

4. While you making new acquaintances with old film stars, meet Phyllis Haver over at Things & Other Stuff.

5. Glamourdaze has a fab fashion post on the glamour of 1930’s shoes (via Shoe Fits).

Got Glamour?

By , 23 December, 2009, No Comment

glamourous-awardApparently I do! *wink* The adorable — and glamorous — Francy Jeanne of Pixie Drive-In has given me the Glamourous Award, which was created by Blonde Episodes.

The rules for this blogging award are to post about your award and pass it along to 10 bloggers you love, linking to them in your post. (And let them know you awarded them!)

1. A Tad Too Much Tan For Taupe (and her lingerie blog too)
2. B.Vikki Vintage
3. Bobbins and Bombshells
4. Couture Allure Vintage Fashion
5. Out of the Past ~ A Classic Film Blog
6. Oolala!
7. The Debutante Blog
8. Vintage Goodness
9. Vixen Vintage
10. Wallflower Vintage

I would also like to take this time, while you are most likely checking out links and bookmarking them, to mention that two Twolia bloggers, Deanna of Kitsch Slapped and Alessia of Relationship Underarm Stick, are moving at the first of the new year — their new home will be at Kitsch-Slapped.com, with Alessia’s relationship and dating blogging here.

Hot-Damn, These Gloves Are Glam!

By , 22 December, 2009, No Comment

Looking for some super glamorous gloves for New Year’s Eve? Burlesque performer and costume designer Catherine D’Lish created these glamorous opera length satin gloves trimmed in ostrich feathers for Faire Frou Frou.

Opera Length Satin Gloves With Ostrich Feather Trim

Opera Length Satin Gloves With Ostrich Feather Trim

The gloves can be made to order in Black, Ivory, Navy, Red, and White. And when you’re done with glamorous dressed-up evenings on the town, consider wearing the gloves to spice up your states of undress at home *wink*