Vintage Schiaparelli Stockings — Shocking!

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, the joint retrospective of fashion opens today at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum. Which means you can understand what a miracle it seemed to me to find not one, not two, but three pairs of vintage Schiaparelli stockings at a local garage sale this weekend! And for just … Continue reading Vintage Schiaparelli Stockings — Shocking!

Schiaparelli Glasses Are The Cat’s Meow

Designer Elsa Schiaparelli made many fabulous things, but this pair of gold cat eye glasses with rhinestones and silver flower design are incredible. This pair, available from Vintage50sEyewear, are in excellent, unused, vintage condition because they are New Old Stock (NOS), complete with Farondole sticker.

Sophie Gimbel Designs For Saks — And Dolls!

Because you know I obsess over things… Like Gimbels department stores… I was working on another set of doll articles for Diane‚Äôs Doll Hospital (this time on vintage walker dolls from the 1950s; sign up here to get the articles), when I stumbled into Sophie Gimbel. Sophie began her fashion design work as a young … Continue reading Sophie Gimbel Designs For Saks — And Dolls!

Fashion & Sewing Pattern History, Part Four

(You might want to catch up: Part One, Part Two, Part Three.) By the start of the 1900s, home sewing and clothing patterns were big business. One of the last to enter the fray at the turn of this century, would become another one of the big names in sewing pattern collecting. According to Zuelia … Continue reading Fashion & Sewing Pattern History, Part Four

Minimalistic Chic Modern & Contemporary Art Auction From The Estate Of Fashionista Janet Brown

While many are excited about the Schiaparelli and Prada showing, there’s an upcoming auction at Freeman’s that fashionistas may also wish to know about. On Saturday, May 12, 2012, the Modern and Contemporary Art auction contains works from the estate of Janet Brown. Brown was an influential fashion retailer, she and her boutique in Port … Continue reading Minimalistic Chic Modern & Contemporary Art Auction From The Estate Of Fashionista Janet Brown