This week's challenge on Project Runway was to create a dress for a night out on the town. The designers went out into NYC on a rainy night, and they had to take photos that captured the feeling of New York City nightlife. Then they had to choose one of their photos and create an outfit inspired by it.
The winner was Kenley, who says that her design style is a modern 1940s-50s Pin-Up. She's got Betty bangs, usually has a flower in her hair- she has kind of a vintage look in her personal style.
Her inspiration was a photo of a colorful tile, and the dress on the left was her interpretation of it. She used a bold tropical-like print with layers of different colored tulle on one side of the split skirt.
So I went on a search for vintage items inspired by tiles or mosaic, to go along with this week's challenge -
Vintage 70s VERA large Square Scarf
offered by Retro Wear
from the listing - Vintage 70s VERA large Square Scarf. Lovely decorative scarf in shades of orange, green, white and black. mosiac effect. 100% Polyester, machine washable. made in Japan. Some very minor small spots by the signature in the print, may respond to cleaning. Measures 27" square.
NOS MOD EMPIRE OP ART HALTER VTG 70s MAXI Long Dress XS - METAL RING NECK HALTER~PSYCHEDELIC HiPPie MOSAIC PRINT~
from Elvis Really Rocks
from the listing - DARLING vintage 70s NOS long HALTER dress in a groovy multicolor mosaic op art print. Very fluid nylon jersey knit. The halter cups are attached at the top to a large silvertone ring, as are the neck ties. Sculpted waistband has wide elastic cased inside, long back nylon zipper and a the skirt has a long center vent. This is a VERY SEXY vintage dress~~~perfect vintage look for spring and summer~~~MAXI'S are IN!!
Vtg 60s 60's Alfred Werber Metallic OP ART maxi dress L - RARE SPARKLING MOSAIC
offered by Vintage Fashion Woot Off
from the listing - Very unique metallic yarn fabric with floral mosaic pattern, brown base. Chest 44-45, waist 33-34. Hips 49-50. Length from shoulder to hem 56.5 inches.
Jeanne Miller Printed Cotton Handkerchiefs/Hankys Tiles
offered by Vicky Jean's Things
from the listing - This pair of print hankies has great patterns from the era, and the autograph of Jeanne Miller, who did the designs. One has the little square tiles in purples and pinks, the other mirrors the same patterns in turquoise and avocado green. Both measure about 14-1/2" x 14-3/4".
Darling 1940's Black Plastic Tile Purse
offered by Peppie Puppies Vintage
from the listing - This darling 1940's purse is made from 1 1/4 inch square plastic tiles. It has a metal zipper across the top, it's lined in black acetate taffeta with a pockets on both sides (one side seam needs to be secured to the lining. There's a label from Plastic-Flex and a patent number. The webbing that holds the tiles together is coated with a black fabric or plastic coating, it has worn off to the fabric in spots. It measures 14 by 8 1/2 inches.
Bye for now, Carol