Monday, December 26, 2011
Married August 28, 1929
I have a great collection of vintage keepsakes and I want to share them with you. My first post on this blog is a great vintage wedding dress of cream silk. The dress is sleeveless with a sort of smoking just below the hip area and the three layers of gathered fringe The original Lyle stocking remain with the dress but the veil shown is not original. Over the years the dress was re-worn and some vintage flowers are were hand sewn to the dress. The picture of the bride and the dress were given to me by Mrs. Dorothy Russell of Clarksburg Ontario
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Saturday, December 24, 2011
I remember my mom and her friends breaking out their fancy stoles or wraps, beaded and sequined clutch bags, and dressiest heels. My sister and I were in awe of how lovely they looked and how their dresses "swished" as they danced out the door on their way out for the night. And, when we were older, we would get dressed up and go out as well. Although the "age of casual" was approaching even then, we women would wear cocktail dresses or casual long dresses, and the men would wear sports jackets with ties. Dinner and dancing were still standard entertainment, then we would do the rounds of the house parties, at which you almost never would find anyone wearing jeans. Can you imagine that!
Alas, those indeed were the days.... However, there are still parties and dinners to attend on New Year's Eve, and you don't have to go casual as most everyone these days does. Break out a vintage dress or gown, carry a dressy vintage bag, or wear some stunning vintage jewelry--be as bold or as subtle as you wish. No matter whether you dress in vintage or accessorize with it, you'll feel great and look great--and we're sure you'll get lots of compliments and admiring looks!
We at Vintage Reflections wish you a Happy New Year, and may have some goodies in our shops to help you ring it in!
Vintage 1960s 60s Party Dress Bright Red Chiffon Strapless Cocktail Formal by Lilli Diamond B 38-40
and a Vintage 1980s 80s Black Beaded Drop Waist Party Dress by AfterDark Sz 12
Vintage Formal Gown1960s 60s Black Satin with Jeweled Bodice Party Evening Dress by Pab B33 W24
At My Vintage Cocktail:
Vintage 80s Designer Ruched & Draped Party, Cocktail, Disco Jersey Dress, Med Lg 10 12
and this Vintage 50s 1950s Strapless Full Skirt RED Evening Gown, XS / Small
SALE Vintage Crystal Necklace & Dangle Earrings in Original Box, Wedding, Party, Holiday Jewelry
And from Catseye Vintage:
Vintage 80s Dress 1980s Cocktail Party Hand Beaded Black Silk Chiffon DEADSTOCK Size XS to S
and a Vintage 80s Strapless One Shoulder Evening Gown Dress Black Chantilly Lace with Bow by Karen Okada Climax Size XS to S
Vintage 60s Woven Metal Handbag 1960s Purse Bridal Evening Gold Tone
Thursday, December 22, 2011
A vintage ring given as an engagement ring has a meaning and stock behind it far deeper than simply a beautiful piece of jewellery.
Rich in history and romance, one can imagine the couples from times past who exchanged the rings before you; their love stories and the secrets behind it. Testament to the enduring nature of gemstones, vintage rings are symbolic of permanence and uniqueness - Two things any couple aspire to.
Newly added to Vintage Seekers is a collection of original 1960s fashion portraits by the seminal photographer Ronald Falloon, a contemporary of renowned photographers John French and David Bailey.
Originally a music student at Heidelberg University, Falloon was encouraged to pursue photography after his raw talent was recognized during a summer placement in Cannes. He went on to work for French, eventually shooting all of the same models and celebrities as his mentor.
The collection consists of both black & white and colour photographs, all signed and numbered according to their edition. Each print offers the buyer the opportunity to own a rare piece of vintage memorabilia.
The collection is an intriguing symbiosis of the fashion and artistic flair for which the 1960s are famed. Truly capturing the zeitgeist of that era, it includes shots of a typically sultry Twiggy in her 'Bambi-eyes-and-pixie-crop' heyday, snapped in the surroundings of her Ladbroke Grove flat. Two striking photographs of Jean Shrimpton, widely regarded as one of the first supermodels, reveal an altogether more vulnerable side to this icon of the ‘swinging sixties’.
The remainder of the collection is composed of fashion models sporting the likes of Biba and Mary Quant, those stalwarts of 1960s fashion design. All of the images subtly evoke the cutting-edge nature of the decade.
Below are a select few examples of the stunning prints now available in Photography, within the Collectibles category of Vintage Seekers online.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The priciest item was a 1968 Christian Dior gown of beaded silver brocade with a matching purse. It had an estimate of $6,000 but fetched a whopping $362,500. Two other items soared past the $100,000 mark: a Chanel ball gown and cape with shoes and matching bag ($134,500) and a Gianni Versace bolero jacket, beaded with portraits of Taylor in her famous roles ($128,500).
Legendary fashion leader/industry consultant Fern Mallis, who attended the auction, said, "Vintage clothing is like buying art these days. It will only increase in value.”
For more information about the auction, read my blog at http://www.chelsea-girl.com/blog/
Monday, December 19, 2011
Imagine twinkling incandescent lights heating up the real tree overloaded with a thick dusting of silver tinsel; the faint stale scent of cigarettes and whiskey sours in the air. The still, silent, expectant darkness only seen in the dark hours before Christmas morning.
The first scout is sent out in a practiced army crawl - past mom and dad's room - not breathing; heartbeat so loud they're sure to wake up.
Success! Through the kitchen to the living room where the treasures await - baby dolls in high chairs, long orange track racing around he base of the lit tree, waiting for racing cars. Little sister's first game (Candy Land of course), big brother's first collection of books and of course the family View Master.
Magic is not just the thing of fairy tales.
*McCalls December 1963
Friday, December 16, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The Bucilla company was founded in 1867 by Bernhard Ullman. Originally engaged in selling fine yarns; the company expanded their inventory to provide ladies with knitting, embroidery and needlepoint kits, books and instructional material. They exist today under the Plaid Enterprises umbrella.
You can still find wonderful vintage kits and finished products on sale at garage sales, Ebay, and Etsy.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
ebay listing for Vanity Fair gold set
How lucky we were in those days that someone could slip into such luxuries. Wear 24 carat gold against the skin without stepping foot in a jewelry store.
From the seller's description it feels as soft as it looks. Im hoping the seller does really well with the listing, it is a true treasure. At the time of my posting, there are still two days left to bid.
The holiday season inspired me to lift the tissue from my lovely vintage fashion pieces.
Gold Brocade Wiggle Bombshell Halter Dress & Jacket
Vintage 60s Metallic Gold Evening Swing Trapeze Coat
I imagine a very special someone wearing them with the "Cloth of Gold" Vanity Fair under garments.
Now Im in the mood for Shirley Bassey singing Goldfinger...
There are many Goldfinger youtubes in existense some from back in the 60s ...till now. All fabulous. I chose this one because I can hear the needle on the vinyl.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Thinking about what to wear for the upcoming Holiday season? We love green or red which are so representative of the Holidays.
The members of the Vintage Reflections sellers network have the perfect vintage items in green or red for your consideration.
Please visit our shops to see more beautiful vintage clothes and accessories!
Catseye Vintage, who is having shopwide 25% off Holiday sale, has a gorgeous green velvet and tulle strapless party dress, a wonderful 40s cranberry red rayon dress, and a 50s green and black striped taffeta shirtdress:
Vintage 50s Strapless Cocktail Party Dress Full Skirt Wedding Chartreuse Green Tulle and Velvet Size xxs to xs from CATSEYE VINTAGE
Have you heard?? Every issue, every page of Vogue from 1892 to today are available online! I was so excited - I rushed over to the web page to see.
Then: The cold hard chop. $1,575.00 for a ONE YEAR subscription. One year ONLINE subscription. Sure, you can print out anything you want, read all the advertisements etc., etc. But how does the average small business justify that kind of purchase? Sigh. I can't. So, resourceful as I am I surfed a little and came up with some nice Vogue pictures, not to mention the coffee table book I own and some nice old vintage magazines in my own archives. Thanks Vogue - for nothing.
It used to be the only thing I could afford was your magazine.
Can't even do that.
Friday, December 9, 2011
I Love it When You Talk Retro:
Better Homes & Gardens 1953 Cookbook
Vintage Hairstyles: A step by step guide
Retro Makeup: Techniques for getting that Look
Vintage Face: Period Looks from the 20s, 30s, 40s & 50s
Ready to Roll: A celebration of the classic American trailer
Retro: A guide to Mid 20th Century Design
Dealer's Choice: At Home with Purveyors of Antique & Vintage Furnishings