Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Blast Off

Tomorrow night "The Astronaut Wives Club" premiers on ABC. Based on the novel of the same name by Lily Koppel, the series centers on the wives of the "celebrity" astronauts of the 1960s. It remains to be seen whether the period series will rise to the level of "Mad Men", but certainly it will fill the void left for those of us who love a show with lots of vintage clothing! Dorothea's supplied some pieces to the wardrober, but we'll have to wait to see what makes it past editing!

Meanwhile, I've curated a few items on the site based on this ARTICLE about the different styles the wives wear. Anxious to watch the show and see all the clothing!! ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB COLLECTION at Dorothea's Closet Vintage

Monday, June 15, 2015

Au Revoir Madame

French designer Madame Carven has passed away at age 105. Born Carmen de Tomasso, she orginally opened her design house with the petite woman (like herself, standing at only 5'1") in mind. The name "Carven" was a combination of her own first name and the last name of the aunt that inspired her love of couture, Josy Boyriven. In the years following WWII she dressed such French luminaries as Edith Piaf and Leslie Caron. Her talent combined with her knack for marketing led to contracts designing uniforms for over 20 different airlines as well as Paris's female traffic wardens. Her elaborate designs for bustier bodices also led to her patent for the push-up bra! A brilliant talent, her gowns are breathtaking works of art.
Spring 1951, this detail is incredible.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

That's a Bra

I love to keep up with what TOM & LORENZO of Project Rungay have to say about modern fashion. They're witty, charming, catty and most of the time right. I also see things I don't get to see with my head buried in vintage fashion all day every day!

For instance, this. Dolce and Gabbanna Spring 2015.

That's a bra. And a crinoline. The hair, the lace socks with strappy shoe. But that is a bra and a crinnie. So today's get-that-couture-look tip o' the day is to invest in a black vintage 1950s/60 longline bra and a full 1960s nylon crinoline. Bam. Under $150. You're welcome.

Some bras from DOROTHEA'S CLOSET VINTAGE to get you started!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Suit UP!

Every once in a while I find customers in my local boutique have NO idea that the woman's suit exists. They pick up the jacket and are aghast to find it has a matching skirt! Unfortunately, I think the suit in modern times has become equated with mediocre business women. And maybe some modern styles are mediocre. But the vintage suit is far from that!

A well styled vintage suit is every bit as fabulous as a vintage dress. Great textiles and colors available, cuts for all shapes...the boxy Jackie Kennedy jacket, the nipped waist of the classic Lilli Ann. Gorgeous trims from fur to lace to unique buttons. Instant class. And if the matching set isn't the right look for you, consider the jacket and skirt as separates! A great pencil skirt will go with nearly anything, modern or's simply a must-have for a basic in a vintage wardrobe! The jacket can be dressed up over a cocktail dress with a statement necklace or brooch, or dressed down over a v-neck tee and denim. The possibilities are endless!

So next time you run across a vintage jacket you love with a matching skirt you don't think you want, don't sell it short as a fun piece to build new outfits around. Some examples from Dorothea's...

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Happy 8th Birthday To Dorothea's!

Dorothea's Closet Vintage boutique in Des Moines, Iowa turned 8 years old this week! Some photos from opening day....

And today! More photos on our FACEBOOK PAGE.....

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!!!

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