Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
One of our colleagues at the VFG, Melody of Tangerine Boutique, who has just started her own blog, sent us a scan of this image from The Rudi Gernreich book by Peggy Moffit and William Claxton. This image is of Peggy Moffit modeling a 1965 chiffon "Klimit" cocktail dress by Gernreich. The pattern is just a bit different but most likely there were versions of this dress in different fabrics to make up the collection.
Then we found and purchased this lovely pattern on line. The pattern dates to 1967 from New York Designers Collection Plus, by Rudi Gernreich. The image mentions that the Rudi Gernreich Original was photographed in New York. But look, it's the same print as our dress that we have listed over at GlamourSavvy. Most likely the pattern came out a while after the debut of the collection this dress was part of. This pattern also has more bell shaped sleeves and an empire elasticized waist but it's marvelous all the same and we can see now that there definitely was a collection this dress was part of.
So it just goes to show that there are various ways to help you date vintage clothing; pictures, books, colleagues, communities and even patterns. Both of these visual clues helped date the dress to 1965, and both are available at our on line store GlamourSavvy.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
We're having a sale. From now to the end of May we're offering 25% off all purchases at GlamourSavvy and 15% off all purchases at Glamoursurf. Just enter code work 'Glamour' at checkout and your discount is automatically applied. Glamoursavvy stocks vintage clothing and accessories for men and women. At Glamoursurf you'll find fabulous vintage swimwear, resort wear and lingerie. We've even stocked up on some fun beach accessories. And if you like to sew Glamoursurf and Glamoursavvy both carry vintage patterns from the 40's & 50's.
Also over at Glamourstitch we carry a large selection of patterns from the 60's, 70's and 80's.
Now to the end of May buy 2 and get one pattern FREE! In the notes section of your order simply state 'Splash' and I will send you a revised invoice through PayPal. Lowest price pattern of the three you select will be free.
Offer valid now to May 31, 2009 only.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The second is a stunning stretch satin yellow swimsuit. This was a style popular in the 40's.
So if you like Drews look, you can recreate it yourself with a fabulous vintage swimsuit from Glamoursurf!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Doesn't she look cute? Secelia is a high school senior at Ball High School in Galveston, TX. Twelve women competed in a modern bikini contest, while 28 women and two men competed in the vintage round.
I'm so glad to see a fun pageant like this and it's lovely that there were actually more contestants in the vintage category than the modern one. You can see more images here. Congratulations Secelia, you look fabulous!
A Slip Of A Girl with vintage tips for laundering vintage girdles.
Couture Allure looks at vintage swimsuits from Tina Leser, Givenchy, and Polly Hornburg.
Glamoursplash takes note of Claire's McCardellisms.
Here's Looking Like You, Kid reviews Vintage Compacts & Beauty Accessories by Lynell Schwartz.
Kitsch-Slapped reviews Cinderella Nurse, a novel from the 1960s.
Things Your Grandmother Knew has FREE vintage slipper & scuff crochet patterns.
Friday, May 15, 2009
And here's another one with the one shoulder look. As an illustration it's fun complete with stocking and bathing shoes.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
The Bobbypin Blog tells us how makeup effected minorities in early cinema.
Things Your Grandmother Knew shares vintage tips on how to care for your books.
Kitsch-Slapped defends internet sellers and historians from an attack in Antique Week.
Holly Gab brings an aura of intrigue and mystery to this vintage '70s country club dress.
Here's Looking Like You, Kid shows us pages from a vintage lingerie catalog.
Glamoursplash provides a roundup of vintage swimwear resources.
Debutante Clothing shares interiors based on Cecil Beaton's 1950s fashion sketches
Friday, May 8, 2009
This photo is from 1916 and features Alice Maison in fur fox tails at the beach. Alice was an early pin-up girl, before they were called pin-up girls. Swimsuits were not revealing enough to be worn by pin-up girls. So it was fur at the beach for cheesecake shots for publicity purposes.
This is a shot of Marian Carr in 1948. She's wearing a rabbit fur two piece swimsuit. I just can't imagine that that would hold up very well. Movie publicity men we're trying to come up with new angles for promotion and since pretty girls are plenty, fur swimwear was a viable option.
Beauty at the beach I understand but fur at the beach? It doesn't work for me, it's just too odd of a juxtaposition.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Yes, we joined and are selling a few things which I'm sure will grow in the coming months. You can find Glamoursurf here.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
1926 Galveston Beach Beauty Contest Contestants
Friday, May 1, 2009
Mermaids were a big hit at the tourist attraction Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida. The attraction began back in 1947 and still continues to this day. You can read about the history of Weeki Wachee here.
More mermaids at Weeki Wachee.
1952 Weeki Wachee Mermaids video
So what say you, are mermaids simply a mythological aquatic creature? We think not.