Wednesday, October 31, 2012

all hallows

Happy Halloween! There's glamour in the darkness...more images over at the Facebook page. Pics link!


Monday, October 29, 2012

silver screen

Orry-Kelly, designer to the stars. Orry George Kelly was born in Australia where he studied art and was an apprentice to a tailor and a window dresser. After relocating to New York and changing his name to Orry-Kelly (and sharing an apartment with Cary Grant!), he started working as a mural painter. Kelly moved to Hollywood in 1932 and quickly found work designing costumes for films, working with all the greatest actresses and filmmakers. His work can be seen in Casablanca, the Maltese Falcon, Some Like it Hot, Harvey, Arsenic and Old Lace and Auntie Mame. Below, Louise Brooks, a gown from An American In Paris and Kay link to our Facebook page where we're looking at Orry-Kelly's work all day long!

Dorothea's kicks off a HOLIDAY VINTAGE sale on FAB.COM tonight! Pic links to an invite so you can join and shop!

Friday, October 26, 2012

lacquer red

Chen Yu was a Chinese cosmetic line popular in the 1930s and 1940s, considered to be the main supplier of cosmetic color at the time. Nail polishes and lip color were their strength, with the ever popular red being their best seller. Asian influences in packaging and advertising played perfectly to women fascinated with the exotic Orient. Truly some of the best cosmetic ads of the era! Pics link to our Facebook page, more images there and being posted all day long.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

shoo shoo

Roger Vivier, a French born designer, trained early on with Elsa Schiapparelli before going on to be the chief artist behind the shoes for the House of Dior. Credited with inventing the stiletto heel in the 1950s, he also came up with other iconic shoe styles, including the comma heel. Shoes! These shoes, from the 1950s and 60s, are all on the website for the Met, pics link a huge selection of pretties..

The Bata Shoe Museum is also featuring a retrospective right now, details here. Enjoy!


fulfill your dreams

In a Maidenform bra! Especially if your dreams include being pointy!

Maidenform was founded in 1922 by Ida Rosenthal and Enid Bissett, who created support by sewing 2 cups into a dress with an elastic strap between them. Patented in 1925, Maidenform went on to make vests for carrier pigeons (who better to come up with a fitted garment for a roundish thing in constant motion?) and parachutes for the troops during WWII. Support for women, birds AND men!


Monday, October 22, 2012

shock me

Elsa Schiaparelli, Italian born fashion designer known not only for being one of the first successful female designers, her signature hue "Shocking Pink" but also her work with surrealist artist Salvador Dali. With collections like the Circus collection and the Pagan collection, iconic designs like the lobster gown, the skeleton gown, fingernail trimmed gloves and shoe shaped hats Schiaparelli stunned and seduced the fashionistas of the 30s through the 50s and continues to influence designers of today. Pics link to our Pinterest Schiaparelli album, or come over to the facebook page for images and discussion!


feathers, feathers

Everywhere! The Casino de Paris, where the most glamorous and talented in France performed dance, song & theatre dating back to the 18th century. Showcasing the talents of the likes of Josephine Baker and Mistinguette, the performances were inspired and the costuming breathtaking.

Pics link to our Pinterest page with more performing beauties!


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