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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Vintage Alfred Shaheen Roundup

Today we look at some vintage Shaheen clothing we have or have had over the years. Plus a round of vintage Shaheen dresses that were or are currently available on line.

This first piece I just found over the past couple of weeks. Its a wonderful heavy rayon twill vintage mid 60s dress, with a fabulous matched fabric panel front and back California Poppy print on a very soft yellow background fabric. I've never seen a heavy rayon from Shaheen. I've have held and seen lightweight rayon prints from him but this one is pretty exceptional.

And then there is this Shaheen cotton swimsuit playsuit which we sold off of our Glamoursurf site quite a while ago. Isn't it fab?

This maxi dress is still available from us here. Perfect as a resort wear ensemble.

Another fabulous cotton Shaheen dress we have sold.


And a rare example of Shaheen stepping out of his traditional Hawaiian boundaries. This one features greyhounds (I think) in a long maxi skirt. the design wraps around the skirt with the dogs and landscape. This one has also sold.


Then we has a scrumptious new old stock vintage 70s dress that had the most unusual inner bustline treatment. It held the bust in place by an inner maneuver I'd never experienced before. Also off to a new owner.


And finally our piece de resistance. I loved this 1950s wiggle sarong dress. It was basically new old stock and had the fabric swag that draped over the shoulder and over the back of the dress. I was so pleased to see the fabric hanging at the recent Shaheen show. Also, gone to a new owner.


Kapa Poni Poni - Early 1950s Cotton Yardage - This fabric was designed by Shaheen after studying Hawaiian Kappa at the Bishop Museum.

Meet Linn. She is a fellow VFG member and visited the "Fifty Years of Fashion in Hawaii" exhibit wearing her Shaheen Sarong Dress with bolero. She is standing in front of a Kamehameha swimsuit with a very similar pattern. Linn sells vintage jewelry on Ruby Lane. You can find her shop here.

Another VFG member SecondLooks had this sweet swimsuit playsuit at one point. It's the same print as Linn's but in a different color.


This pristine piece is available at a reasonable price from Wearitagain of ETSY.


This silk bombshell beauty is available at Planetclairevintage on ETSY.




This piece is available from DesertRoseVintage.

As with all vintage you purchase, make sure all of the information you need is in the listing. If not, ask. Buying a piece of history to wear is classic and timeless. I can guarantee that most vintage clothing quality is far superior to any modern day bought at the mall piece. Happy shopping!

2 comments:

ClubVintageFashions said...

I am really enjoying your Shaheen posts. Thank you for sharing!

mariana said...

beautiful pieces :) i have a great shaheen dress, and i'm looking for an interested buyer. i've never sold anything online, and am looking for advice. any suggestions?