I'm not a fan/follower of current designers and high fashion, but I love the challenges and the creativity of this show. Of course, the day after the show you have to go check out all of the blogs to read everyone's take on it. The best to check out are Blogging Project Runway - Project Rungay - Tim's Take (if you can find it) and Manolo's Shoe Blog
I also critique the show in my own little Jersey Girl blog
In honor of the return of Project Runway, I found some vintage items that remind me of last season's winner Christian Siriano. Christian became known for over the top, dramatic clothing with tons of ruffles, puffy sleeves and tailored jackets, as seen in these two photos from his final collection.
Below are some slightly tamer, yet still dramatic vintage items currently for sale by an assortment of fierce sellers. (sorry, I tried not to say it, but I couldn't resist)
Victorian 19th C Mega Mutton Sleeve Wool Jacket
offered by jamiexmas*
From the listing - This jacket dates to the Victorian 19th century and is fashioned of navy colored wool with a fine pinstripe that has a white fleck on the striped weave. A print blue cotton lines the interior with full boning inside. A silk velvet trims the high collar in tabs on either side, the sleeves are massive and mutton full with a turned up cuff at the bottom trimmed in the blue silk velvet with silk velvet banding the bottom waist and a full peplum skirting at the bottom. A faint underarm color is seen beneath either arm but is just a tinge of yellow and is very faint, condition is otherwise excellent. Measures 32 inches around the inner bust, 22 inches around the waist, and 20 inches in length.
VINTAGE 1890's VICTORIAN EDWARDIAN beaded cape mantle
offered by slini
from the listing - FANCIFULL JET BEADED VICTORIAN SHORT CAPELET STUNNING with jet bead trim and black lace
The wool of the cape has a very smooth and soft feel.
Gathered ruffle collar and grosgrain long bow on the front.
This is unusual looking and a wonderful example of the whimsy of this period.
XS Puffy Sleeved Dress with Organdy Top and Velvet Skirt
offered by Dandelion Vintage
This dress has a sheer striped white top with big puffy sleeves and long fitted cuffs with pearl buttons and lace trim on the ends. Has high fitted neck with more lace. The fitted skirt is black velvet.
40 inches long, fits 32 inch bust, 23 waist, 37 hips
TRAVILLA VINTAGE 60s CHIFFON RUFFLE COCKTAIL DRESS ~ M
offered by The Spectrum
From the listing - Vintage late 1960s high style black cocktail dress!
A sheer chiffon overlayer floats over featherweight crepe with an illusion upper bodice. Features a wide waist insert, a trapeze shaped skirt, sheer slightly flared sleeves & the pièce de resistance is the clever chiffon ruffle trim around the neck, on the sleeve & skirt hems & down the back. Drama is added with the fringey effect on the ruffle edges, this trim reminds me variously of a Russian Princess and a French Poodle.
19" across under arms laid flat, 16 1/2" across top seam, 15 1/2" across waist, Overskirt is 24" long & 63" around the hem
Vintage 1940s Black Velvet Evening Jacket
offered by Fuzzylizzie
This charming black velvet short coat has a nipped-in waist and large full sleeves. It probably dates to around 1940. The shoulders are padded. The glass buttons are replacements.
Measured on the inside: Bust - @ 32" Waist- 27" Hips - 42" Length - 34"
Vintage Green RAOUL Ruffle Peplum Wrap Top Blouse S-M
offered by vying4vintage
From the listing - This lovely vintage blouse is simply gorgeous in an emerald green chiffon. The top has loads of ruffled layers that are flirty and flowy and gives a breathtaking look with a cinched waist and peplum! The wrap blouse has a plunging neckline and it appears that snaps were added for a modest wearer. The measurements are: 36" and up to 38" bust if you want to bare more, 32" waist and the full length in back at the longest point is 22".
BLACK VINTAGE EVENING PARTY DRESS RUFFLES SIZE 8 - offered by lissylites
From the listing - Own this dress like no one else You will get a million compliments!Romantic see thru detail , removable tie at neckline~ lovely back neck button. Sweet Soft Tiered Ruffles cascade over top of shoulder on a sleeveless bodice. Full flowing skirt~ Great for dancing.
Bust 38’’ Waist 28’’-40’’ Length 30’’ FROM waist
Metallic Black Draped Collar Tailored TAHARI Jacket 6
offered by Glamoursurf
From the listing - metallic black shimmering Tahari jacket size 6. Check out the draping on the collar, so fab. Long sleeve jacket has a button front closure with two welt hip pockets. Jacket is fully lined and has a very tailored look with shoulder pads and princess seams. The material is a shinny textured metallic black that has lots of shine and sparkle.
Shoulder to shoulder: 18"Bust: 38"Waist: 30"Length: 24.5"Sleeves: 22.5"
Audrey inspired 60s hat of sculpted organza
Fantastic 40's tilt hat with top hat chic! -
both offered by Dorothea's Closet -
Either will give you a dramatic topper to your outfit.
Bye for now, Carol