Thursday, December 18, 2014

Berry Good Vintage!

Sure, the holidays are upon us but it's not snowy and cold everywhere...and spring will return one day! Just added to the website, this bright cheery strawberry print 1940s hostess gown!

And this sweet strawberry print tie-front cropped 1940s blouse.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

I'm Back! Lots of Changes and News!

I've been absent over a year here, and it's time to get back in the swing of things! I was reminded of how important (and fun) blogging is by my friend Sandra at Debutante Clothing, and realized how much I miss it!

The first news is that I've moved the site (well, over a year ago) to Shopify. No more Yahoo Page Builder weirdness that didn't work from my Macbook! And the new site allows you to shop by size, by era, by category and collections! The new site is Dorothea's Closet Vintage, and I love how it looks and how easy it is to shop! And for me to work on! So there's that.

I've also recently been invited to sell vintage accessories on a new collective site called Chairish. I get invites to sell on sites all the time, and have to really focus my energy where it works for me and seems a good fit. Chairish started out as primarily vintage and higher end home decor and in November added vintage accessories. They have a tremendous appreciation for vintage and the uniqueness of it. The presentation is gorgeous, their curating is really top notch. They don't even accept everything I submit! Which to me says that they have a very specific look and clientele they are working for, and that is a refreshing change from sites that just eventually end up a glut of anything anyone wants to sell and call vintage. My shop is Dorothea's Closet Vintage on Chairish. Jewelry, handbags and scarves. Some of my personal favorites in a small hand picked collection! I really love the site, and would not say so if I didn't. There are a bajillion vintage websites/collectives at this point online so I am pretty picky about who I align with...this site is worth a look! Some highlights...

And loads more, most of which are not on my site or in my local boutique! Speaking of which, an updated shot of the shop!

Tomorrow the shop is open 12-4 for our Holiday Party! Des Moines, IA folk (or nearby), stop, cheese and giveaways. Vintage coats 50% off! All my neighboring shops are also open with drinks, snacks and holiday sales/giveaways. You can get more details and updates by following my Facebook Page, or the page for my local neighborhood The Argonne Arts and Shopping District.

More posts to come! I'm back!!!


Saturday, November 09, 2013

Dorothea's Closet Vintage has MOVED!

A brand new website with nearly 1,400 pieces ready to peruse! A new search function too...or shop by categories (decade, style, use, collections, size). And a new logo! The blog will also be based there as well. Go check it out HERE!

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

vintage vanity

Vintage Vanity Fair lingerie highlighted today over at the Facebook page, all day long. Pop in and look, add your own images! Pictures are links...

Thursday, November 08, 2012

sister sister

The Callot Souers (sisters) were comprised of Marie Callot Gerber, Marthe Callot Bertrand, Regina Callot Tennyson-Chantrell and Jos├ęphine Callot Crimon. A group fo French designers, they learned their skill from sister Marie, initially starting by working antique lace and ribbons on blouses and lingerie...graduating to dressmaking. Noted designed Madeleine Vionnet apprentices with the Callot sisters, and American designer Elizabeth Hawes wore their designs far past when it was considered "fashionable", happily sporting elaborate and exotics laces and embroidery. Their work is a tremdous part of early 1900s and 1920s fashion.

Callot Soeurs ( Marie Callot Gerber, Martha Callot Bertrand, and Regina Callot Chantrelle)


Monday, November 05, 2012

the eyes of elsa

Elsa Lanchester may be best remembered for the iconic look she brought to "Bride of Frankenstein", though that is hardly the only thing she did. A British born actress, she started in dance in Paris learning under Isadora Duncan (whom she reportedly despised), before teaching Isadora's method. She married actor Charles Laughton in 1929, during her time in cabaret and stage work. Eventually moving to the states, she got her break with Frankenstein, going on to more film work, stage work, music and television. A woman as fascinating as she was beautiful!

Sunday, November 04, 2012

legs for days

Burlesque babes! Leggy Lois de Fee was considered the Amazon of burlesque in the 40s and 50s, standing 6'4" tall....

Then along came 6'8" Ricki Corvette!

And just because this costume is tremendously fantastic, the sassy Baby Lake....

All pics link to Dorothea's Facebook page, more images and discussion there!


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