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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

GlamourScoop, Meet Meloo - Melissa Wyman Davis - Vintage Clothing Seller

Today I am pleased to bring you a short interview with fellow vintage enthusiast Melissa Wyman Davis, better known as Meloo. Melissa and I have been on line vintage friends for quite some time. I always adore the stock she has for sale and and in awe of some of her vintage she chooses to sell. Yes, I've even purchased from her before and can attest to the quality of her gorgeous vintage items.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
An aging blonde bombshell with a flair for the dramatic, and a keen eye for fabulous vintage clothing! (and clearly a vivid imagination!)

Your eBay store name is Meloo, what does that stand for?
It's a silly nickname. Most of my friends call me Mel...when I worked at a bar in DC that evolved to Mellow, Melba Toast, Melba T., and Meloo. To this day if I'm in a restaurant and someone mentions Melba Toast, I'll probably turn around like you are talking to me! ;) Had I realized that I would be selling on eBay when I signed up, I would have come up with something more clever...but after 12 yrs. I am Meloo!

Do you have an online or retail presence outside of eBay?
I'm on ETSY, but I can't say that I sell much there or keep up with it like I should.

Are there certain eras that you like/collect?
My favorite eras to sell are the 20's and 30's, though I love 40's jackets & novelty print rayon dresses/Hawaiian, and man-killin' 50's vixen dresses. I have had some spectacular Edwardian evening gowns, & some great Pucci's, but I tend to be drawn to clothing c.1910-1965.

What is your own personal style like?
I'm probably best known for wearing 3/4 length embroidered jackets from the 20's-40's with lots of vintage jewelry-easy to dress up with all black or wear with jeans & a simple white t-shirt. I have a closet full of them in every color! I always mix vintage with modern pieces, & never leave the house without my vintage jewelry & a cool purse!!

How did you get started in the vintage clothing business?
My grandmother got me hooked from a very young age by giving me all her old jewelry (which I still have, and wear) I've always been into old movies, and the glamorous clothing & women in them...frankly I still want the leopard swimsuit/turban/platform outfit that Gloria Swanson wears by the pool in "Sunset Boulevard"...OH...& the leopard-lined car??? SWOON!
So as I got older I always used to hit thrift/vintage clothing stores in Baltimore & DC & find fabulous things. I was selling MCM & Art Deco furniture in shows, & in a shop when someone showed me eBay & I thought it would be a good way to trade in what I didn't wear anymore for something that I would....& honey, there was no turning back!

What does the future hold in store for Meloo?
Good question!!! I am considering a website to launch hopefully this fall...stay tuned!

What do you feel is the biggest misconception about vintage fashion?
That it automatically means bad polyester....when I show people what I sell, they had no idea just how beautiful and WEARABLE it really is-or what vintage actually IS at all! I tell them to think of Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, Kate Hepburn...or now even "Mad Men". Joan couldn't be a more perfect example of what a 'Sexy Secretary Dress' can do for a woman with curves!!

You don't have to wear vintage from head-to-toe! It's not an all or nothin' kinda thing-a beautiful piano shawl, a killer vintage purse or a great 40's gab jacket are all completely appropriate w/modern pieces...and you will instantly be the most interesting woman in the room.

Which designer(s) gives you inspiration?
Because I love clothing with a sense of humor, I adore Elsa Schiaparelli, and Adrian (particularly his designs shown in the movie "The Women") I am astonished by the cutting-edge designs of Paul Poiret, the sensual beauty of Madeleine Vionnet, the incredible draping of Madame Gres. I also love the cool space-age designs of Andre' Courreges & Rudi Gernreich....OH, and one day I WILL have a Paco Rabanne metal disk dress...and wear it!

What do you collect?
My largest collection would be vintage jewelry....I honestly have so many pieces that I could probably go 3 years w/o wearing anything twice...um, it's a bit of an obsession-particularly French paste, Art Deco, carved bohemian beads or insane over-the-top rhinestones. I also collect WILD 50's rhinestone sunglasses, purses-from jeweled Deco beauties to crazy wicker purses with mice playing tennis or exploding w/plastic flowers, 1920's Burlesque costumes, novelty prints, 40's Hawaiian, beaded sweaters, cashmere sweaters with dyed to match pastel-colored fox fur collars.....leopard, jeweled shoes, Deco anything-love 20's & 30's old store displays, pre-50's pin-up glassware...how much time do you have?! ;)

What other blogs do you read that you think would be of interest to the vintage community?
I have an avid (some might say rabid) interest in music (I have a vinyl collection nearing 2,000) & much of what I read online are about interesting bands, new/old music etc--but--in terms of vintage blogs, of course I love yours, Glamoursplash-I collected vintage swimsuits for many years, so I've always loved your site, Denisebrain, The Vintage Bulletin, Collectors Weekly, I read several-but I read the ones that are on my Facebook feed the most regularly.

When you aren't working on your store how do you spend your time?
When I'm not hanging out with friends, going to see live music, being tortured twice a week by Brutus the Punishing Trainer from Hell, or traveling far and wide in search of fabulous vintage clothing, you can find me:
a) Introducing vintage clothing to Stepford Wives all over the country (I travel quite extensively schmoozing people for my husband's business-I do understand that my clothing is only as fascinating as my husband is successful-so until that changes, I'm converting many women who wouldn't have dreamed of wearing anything vintage before, it's actually been quite fun!)
b) At the shelter-I volunteer twice a week at a no-kill animal shelter, azrescue.org, & participate in fundraising or work local events to get the message out to the public. It's an incredible organization that I am proud to be a part of.

What are you reading right now?
I love to read...and I would love to give you an impressive answer-but the truth is that at the moment it's all I can do to keep up with the stack of magazines piling up under my nightstand.

Do you have a favorite movie?
Some oldies off the top of my head..."Gilda", "The Women", "Some Like it Hot", "Cool Hand Luke", "Stella Dallas", "The Wizard of Oz", "The Lost Weekend", "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", "Sunset Boulevard", "Man with a Golden Arm". "The Manchurian Candidate"-anything Otto Preminger or Hitchcock...the list could go on forever.

Tell us about your 10 minutes of fame?
I think this might be it! :)

You'd laugh if you knew this about me.

Hmmmm...it could be that I have a 7 ft. SWIMMING mannequin from the 1950's suspended from the ceiling of my office...or that I still want to wake up & be Lita Ford..take your pick!

Thanks Melissa for spending some time with us!


Miss CherryBubbles said...

Fab interview! So nice getting to know more about Meloo :) She sells the swellest vintage things! Several years ago, I bought a fantastic Beacon blanket robe from her as a gift for my husband. He still loves wearing that robe on a chilly winter morning ;)

BombshellShocked said...

Great interview!

Love the swimming girl and the dreams of being Lita Ford!