Her signature brass round hook and-eye closures at the front. Mom always told me, to check for top quality, look for prints that match up at seams.
All you need is a string of pearls and black stilettos. Originally had a tiny belt, but none exists and I much prefer it as you see it anyway. Perfect dress for your next cocktail party! OK, for those of you who are Martha Stewart types who also dress in Chanel Yup, it's a suit.
However, the skirt as those pesky yellow spots here and there that are hard to clean. But you might have just the right anti-yellowing formula. Meanwhile, I've decided that the jacket is great enough to sell alone, and I'm throwing the skirt in with the deal. The only issues are inside the the jacket with some reddening of the bottom of the lining see photos and slight dirt inside collar All you need is a black pair of pants and you are smashing if you can't clean the skirt.
F rom a New York Times article: Japan's leading fashion designers recently presented their fall collections Combining Western styles of dress with immaculate tailoring, Mr.
Matsuda has come up with clothing that breaks new ground wile remaining totally wearable Nothing extreme there, just good solid tailoring. Beautiful shape of the two-tiers at the front of the skirt.
Built-in matching wide belt at high waist. Wish this was perfect, but there are two small holes that will need backing to hide, or a black slip worn under, or re-weaving my recommendation.
This skirt is worth the small investment in that! I'd get it done for you, but you can choose whatever you prefer. Heavy metal zipper at back. Previously Owned by Melanie Griffith! The Bootcut or Bellbottoms made a comeback in the 's and it has never looked better than in this 2-piece Versace suit! From the closet of Melanie Griffith, and she is one of those stars who liked to spend top dollar for quality clothes.
I love the body-hugging shape of this suit Low waisted pants with perfectly placed black "leather" at top and around upper back and Look at the seaming on that ass!!! That same black "leather" creates an attached vest look which zips and snaps shut, but allows for skin to be shown.
Jacket is beautifully cut to shape! I have been writing leather in quotes as even though it seems to be leather, it may be a faux leather, but you'd never know. Even has the Versace name engraved in the zipper pulls at the vest and pants pockets see photos and has all the Medusa Versace goldtone snaps. Also Listed in the Memorabilia Category. I've seen this same large flower embroidery on other Kamali pieces, notably two coats and some pants.
This jacket is padded, with fill, so even though it's "one size fits all", it's quite large!! Best for size I would say! It overwhelms me at 5'2" size 6. The sleeves are extremely long, but can be cuffed to a more normal length.
The collar can be worn down into lapels, or up in a funnel shape. Pockets on front sides. There are no closures on this coat, but you can easily add them Excellent condition, with just minor embroidered thread pulls. There are a few issues with this suit, but OH so pretty! Especially the lining I know, that's weird to have a "thing" for the lining, but it's a brilliant blue silk!
And since the jacket doesn't close at front meant to be worn as you see , I'm sure that lining will be seen as you move.
High-waisted long full skirt, self-tie at the neck, long sleeves, slight peplum jacket. Evoking Jacques Fath or Christian Dior, this suit has loads of decorative buttons so fashionable for this era. Size and condition info coming I have a soft spot for the Nettie Rosenstein label. I so often love the designs! And no surprise, I love this. Black silk dress with guipure lace cross design at bodice and open lace "cap" sleeves.
The back skirt is completely covered with a "tail" of extra gathered fabric. The back bodice is as lovely as the front. Staring in , "Rosenstein became known for her Little Black Dresses and for her evening gowns. Her dresses were fitted on models of the correct size, rather than on a very small model and graded up.
For that reason, her clothes were flattering to many figure types. She was the designer of both of Mrs. She closed her clothing business in Excellent condtion with tiny pinholes that can only be seen when you stick your head inside the dress and look out. Also, there are belt loops but no belt. Frankly I like this dress without a belt better, but any simple black thin belt will do if you wish.
I loved the over abundance of glitter and shine! I was quite sad when the 's classic dull beige "Armani-style" came into vogue. I prefer to have fun dressing up! So yes, I tried this dress on just after photographing it and damn it it fits me perfectly.
So do I keep it? Do I sell it? Since I work on my website in bunny slippers, I guess I don't need to keep it. Black heavy linen dress with attached half-belt with huge goldtone buttons, large patch pockets at front, wide shoulders and lapels.
The large gold and silver sequins are scattered in freeform designs, on one sleeve. The buttons open, but the bottom of the dress is closed at front, so it's a coatdress look, but won't swing open on you.
High-end Lacroix pink label. I don't have a photo of Cher wearing this sweater You know items with these tags attached are legit from Marcia Tysseling's Star Wares shop. You can read up on Ms. Tysseling and her relationship with Cher from this LA Times article: And certainly this is something you know she would wear! Item will come with a COA from Antiquedress.
Also Listed in the Cher Category at http: If you know Bob Mackie, you will know that there are lots of different quality pieces. Some are lower quality with sequins instead of beads, some are couture Celebrity pieces, and some are one step down from the couture pieces, still early in the Mackie RTW lines and still of top quality, extremely heavy, full of bugle beads, faux peals and just a hint of sequins all beaded on to strong white cotton netting rather than beaded onto silk as you will find in the lower quality Mackie gowns.
The netting gowns are the ones you want. There is an inner boned bodice and the rest is just the thin silk light blue lining that they used on these RTW gowns, but would have not used for Cher gowns those were just the beaded netting without the lining This gown weighs nearly 5 pounds!!!!
Labeled size 8, but that's an older size 8. If you are shorter, these are easily hemmed up by a good tailor. There is very minor bead loss here and there, but fairly easy for someone to add a few more beads if you want it absolutely perfect. You will likely never see where the lost beads are unless you are inspecting. I like to call this my "Mermaid" gown.
Though mermaids don't need that long sexy leg slit! Most importantly, I have found a dress that was designed by Hubert de Givenchy in for Grace Kelly that was executed by Marie Therese.
That gown was sold at auction and was believed to have been owned by internationally renowned ballerina, Margot Fonteyn. I have found other labels of a "Nina Ricci patron original" label with the additional Marie Therese label, so I'm not absolutely sure if Marie Therese was just a top designer retail boutique, or additionally a dressmaker creating authorized couture designer gowns or both. Her jewels were just recently sold at Doyle Auction House for tens of thousands each piece.
The gown is slightly too small in the waist for the dressform, and a bit too large in the bust heck of a figure on this women!! The "train" could have been worn in other configurations.
You can see the "train" was tacked up I should a version of that as well. It's a beautiful color There are a few minor minor small spots, more unseen spots on the lining, and one small heel tear at the hem on the chiffon.
Also Listed in Museum Category. I've been trying to research this dress can you call it that? This was likely shown with a sheer blouse under I assume , but you can certainly wear with an opaque blouse, or a turtleneck if you really want yourself covered!
Lagerfeld was obviously evoking the iconic Rudi Gernreich topless bathing suit. Worn to the Nixon Inaugural Ball! I only have a verbal provenance that this simple raw silk gown with matching coat was worn to the Nixon Inaugural Ball in I can image it as worn with long white gloves and a smashing diamond necklace.
The gown has spaghetti straps and a lovely "empire" seam bodice. The material is a lovely shade of seafoam green and has a sweet bow at the front of the coat.
There are only a few minor spots that may dryclean or spot clean out see photos , and slight underarm discoloration hardly seen. And the outfit may have been worn a second time as looks as though it was hemmed up. Jackie Kennedy would have looked stunning in this! It's got that look. Fits me like it was made for me damn! It's unlikely I'm gonna be invited to an inaugural ball, so I guess I have to let this go.
I have no idea how this was designed to be worn, but damn if it doesn't look great to wear that attached "scarf" around your neck as a halter dress. All you would need to do is add a decorative pin at the waist to pin down the end of the scarf to make it stay in place.
Or wear as a strapless. Or wear as a skirt with train, or design your own look! Wear with t-shirt under, wear alone, way cool!!! As you can see, the skirt is very gathered and gets a bit tapered at the knee.
There are 3 tiny pinholes found under inspection A couple black stitches by a tailor will make them disappear in the black.
Could very well be an early Gianni Versace So no other designer used ultrasuede like Halston! Even his fairly recent documentary is entitled "Ultrasuede - In Search of Halston". So if you are looking for a piece of 's history, this is it. Many of the pieces were wrapped and belted. I love the fact that the zippers here were "front and center" on the jacket and on the cuffs.
Simplicity at Halston's finest. Other than the removable huge bow I like it, but others may not , this could easily be seen on the Red Carpet today.
I LOVE this color especially!!! The gown is labeled inside with marking pen as "'s" by the museum. Gown is in great condition, except for some marks on the bottom hemline see photo.
Possible dry-cleaner can remove Capriccio may have been a store label as I have seen this typeface Capriccio label inside of a labeled Ungaro dress, and also a Giorgio Armani piece. However, I DO remember seeing this label in my younger years. If anyone knows, I'd be happy for this information! I would rather see this worn more elegantly over a simple black slip. Also, these are wore short so I would love to see this with black silk gown slip under that peeks out the bottom giving this more of a long tunic feel.
OR wear over any color you'd like Then it's open the rest of the way down. The beauty of this collection was the use of the colored silk wired butterflies. They were even found on long sheer matching gloves. The butterflies could use a bit of a "haircut" or leave them as is slightly ragged. Not sure what they were originally.
This is one of those dresses that you just can't stop looking at!!!! Looks like something Betsy Johnson might have knocked off, but this is by the King himself The low scoop neck will give you a lovely decolletage. Fitted torso for a shapely shape and ruffles galore on the neckline, at the cuffs, and then..
Who would have thought you could put all those colorful plaids together and make it look so damn perfect?? The only issue is a bit of lingerie perfume from the previous owner There is no give to the fabric.
If I could read German, I may find out more about Mr. Ostergaard, but this should suffice: I'm showing the back of the dress in this photo to the left with the unexpected matching rose.
The "v" neck is at back with a boatneck at front. The waist is slightly low with full skirt shown with a small crinoline that doesn't come with it. You could certainly get a fluffier crinoline I think I'd like that even better! When I purchased it, the skirt was hemmed up.
Looks great either way. Want some attention when you turn around?? You may not be able to notice the people checking you out from behind, but they definitely will be! Now unless you are a pop star or supermodel they don't mind walking the red carpet practically naked , I would strongly suggest you wear a slip under. Black would be best in my opinion So the dress will still show you off, and still show the dress off as well.
The wide ruffle around the front will lightly billow as you walk, and the back ruffles fall all the way from the shoulder to the hem on either side.
As this is bias cut and a bit of a stretchy silk crepe material, it will stretch to hug your curves. On this mannequin it's 50" long from shoulder to hem You may want to add a belt as there likely was one and the waist seaming is a bit messy - see last photo though it's a bit high-waisted as you can see on the mannequin with the seaming. Obviously it dips up in the center front, but the belt would be below that There is only ONE defect I can find If you are wearing a black slip, you will never in a million years notice it.
Obviously you are seeing the museum tags hanging at the upper back. I didn't want to remove them! From exotic influences to the shimmery glamour of vintage styles. I adore this piece! Large various colored, sizes and shaped rhinestone jewels around the high neck and hip band.
Zipper at upper back. The color is nude with a slight pinkish tint. Sides are open, but this is a 35" bust mannequin and there is still more room if you are larger Wanna have a great shape??
This dress will make anyone look good I haven't found a photo of her wearing it, so you'll just have to trust me that it came from the same source as the other photo-documented Melanie Griffith dresses.
Some day I'll find a photo of her in it! But until then, it's for sale as just a great Etro dress. The color is a blue with a purplish hue in certain lights love that! The diagonal ruching across the waist does exactly what you want it to do But stretched, so can fit smaller and a bit larger but not much.
But until then, it's for sale as a great jacket! Excellent condition with just a hint of satin bruise on sleeve and I'm not even sure what I'm seeing at lower back This is what you might see in Saks Fifth Ave on the discount rack condition. I would be keeping this for my own closet if I didn't have a 32F bust too large for this. Best for up to 33" bust and perhaps 36" hips. Shown on a 35" bust mannequin. The gown was donated to the auction by the Temperley London design house.
Proceeds from the auction benefited H. This is NOT the "Alice" lower priced line, but the top of the line runway piece. Best for a very tall gal, unless you have an excellent seamstress to hem up.
This shuts me up. Feels and looks incredible on! Oh, and weighs an amazing 4 pounds I'd love to know who Mrs. Meyer Falk was, because she was obviously incredibly daring and cool!!!
I think I just found her!!! I love to research and all the details seem to match to Mrs. Genevieve nee Lutfy Falk. Originally a fashion designer in Montreal, her love of style and design were reflected in every endeavor she undertook from her home to her dress - her flair and panache were always a topic of conversation among her admirers and those she surprised with her forward fashion sensibilities.
Most of all Genevieve showed graciousness and kindness to all. This dress is just awesome. Obviously expensive when new as it was sold by Bergdorf on the Plaza very high-end!
There is a double layer in the skirt so a bit less sheer there, but you gotta love those ruched breast pockets!!!!!! Wear a slip under or don't Excellent condition with just the slightest pull in the fabric at upper back see photo Made in Italy, so again Metal zipper at back.
Comes with the original thin belt. I think this would look great on you! Black velvet Thierry Mugler classic dress with "Vampire" collar you can wear down to be a bit more sedate , open keyhole front to show off your cleavage , original buckle back belt, wide shoulders the shoulderpads have been removed, so you just need to replace - I just stuffed with tissue , and snap up back and cuffs one snap is missing, so you can steal from the top snap to match.
The only other issue is that as you se there is a slit up the front and the top of the slit is pulled I would just applique a small diamond or triangle shape black velvet piece just to cover the mess Well-priced to reflect the couple small issues.
A gorgeous voided black velvet on silk chiffon gown with large scroll and patch design! A throwback to the s gowns! Halter shape which looks fabulous on everyone.
Designed by the very talented Dr. Elizabeth Galindo who is a designer, fashion historian hence the very vintage feel of her gowns and fashion restorer.
She has created unique, imaginative and hand-made fashion designs since Her collections were found in leading fashion retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman from to I could have told you how expensive just from the fabric and construction As couture as you can get!!
Finger loop to hold up the train. Low back with zipper. I haven't yet found the photos of Melanie wearing this, but I'm sure if you dig, you will find them.
You will see the pattern in the gown under lights, but it may also show up in photos as plain black. When Princess Kate got engaged she wore the now famous sapphire blue wrap dress. Within seconds it sold out. I would have kept this for myself, but I'm a bit too buxom for it and I don't have the top celebrity fearlessness. I love these plunging necklines on smaller busted women.
Excellent condition except for the tiny two spots at lower back see photo. Will they come out? Very possibly, but I leave that to you. See additional photos to see the other celebrities in the similar Issa dresses. LOVE the turquoise color!
Looks great on everyone! It's a basic slightly sheer black with a "snakeskin" thin trim on the huge bow and the wide wrapped waist. The shoulder bodice with nice draping There's a knee length silk skirt under with a long side trained organza skirt over attached with that huge bow.
They were NOT cheap to purchase when new! And that is no surprise. Check out the interior bodice on this piece Love the changeable taffeta fabric The bubble overskirt over the straight skirt under with beaded applique which matches the applique across the gathered bodice. This WILL attract compliments! Disregard the size Medium tag I haven't found a photo of Melanie wearing this piece, but it was worn It totally blends in with the pattern of the hand-painted floral silk.
Interesting shape of a sleeveless cape which can be worn many different ways Great bathing suit cover up or wear over just about anything. Can also be used as a regular scarf. Even now, I find it thrilling to have found something this incredible. Gorgeous enough for a museum.
Check out the close-up photos to see the detail. The trim is a black Mongolian curly lamb, and the coat is lined in a heavy black faux fur for warmth. The coat is quite heavy and warm! Comes with the original matching wide belt with leather tie. Excellent condition just 2 hooks missing As it's of the late 60s, early 70's So best for you to be smaller than the measurements. Also Listed in the Furs, etc. You know if you saw this in a s Vogue ad, the girl would be wearing white go-go boots and a vinyl hat with the white Courreges Eskimo glasses which I happen to have for sale as well at: Fairly heavy weight pieces in what seems to be a cotton blend?
This suit weighs an astonishing FIVE pounds!!! The trim, breast pockets and belt are a canary yellow heavy ribbed fabric. The only issue is one extremely light small spot found on the lower skirt back see photo and the fact that the belt needs a cleaning.
The skirt is slight hip-hugger, A-line and seems the zipper is to be worn in the front!!! Also Listed in the Museum Category. So you don't need to wear this many petticoats, but I wanted to give you an idea of how much material is in this skirt! If you click on the photo at left to see how it looks without any petticoats none come with it.
The skirt is lovely as it's "tiered" with stitching and minor shirring. The wide waist and halter top gives this the coveted "Marilyn Monroe" look. Otherwise, you might need to get creative and cover with a long flowing ribbon or something There are no tags sadly, but just think Jean Shrimpton if you are too young to know her, then please google her.
If it does, you WIN!!! Calvin designed for various Seventh Avenue fashion houses for five years before launching his own line of coats in This could be one of his first pieces!! Bright purple cotton velvet double-breasted trench maxi coat!! You can wear the neckline 3 different ways There is a very long 33" slit at the back to ad walking.
There are real pockets under the flaps of course. The only issue is that the original belt is missing. Obviously it's very wearable without a belt So sweet, classy and "Audrey Hepburn" from the front Obviously best for those girls who can get away with going braless that's NOT me. I tried to photograph this so you can see the fringe detail Black thin crepe material.
Great LBD from the 's. Isn't that what vintage is all about?? This jacket could SO easily been assumed to be a Balenciaga jacket from the s. The only way you know it isn't is because the tags are modern. The boxy tulip shape is classic Balenciaga Wild wide "belt" at mid back! Wonderful sparkling rhinestone buttons are decorative as the jacket closes with three snaps up the front.
The sign of an expensive jacket is the attention to detail. The textured fabric is used on a diagonal to match the shape of the jacket Up to 38" bust but marked size Ilie Wacs was a celebrated coat designer. He just passed away at age 86 in September , but he left "an indelible mark on the history of fashion.
He was the head designer from through among the ranks of other great Originala designers Marc Bohan and Louis Dell'Olio. The kind of item that you will treasure in your closet. I added the black satin sash belt A sash like this will make it look like the smoking jacket. A regular belt will make it look more like a coat or coatdress. Rhinestone belt for another look. Practically one size fits all!
I was told this was worn by Miss California during the Miss America pagent. It DOES look incredibly cute on, but seems a wacky story. Get out the slippers and black satin pants! This was likely a man's smoking jacket, but equally terrific for a woman. And because it's just a wrap style, will fit nearly everyone It can easily be worn large. Shown on a size 6 mannequin, she looks comfy, don't you think? I just tried this on myself, and I look damn good in it as well!
I should never try anything on, as I wonder if I should just keep it. Luckily the arms are way too long for me at 5'2" so I would need to tailor it, so The jacket is claret red with a gold circular brocade design. It has black satin lining, lapel, and cuffs. The belt doesn't come with it Front pockets with black border. Excellent condition with just some very light scuff marks on satin and extremely minor pulls. I'm being extremely picky!!! Would make a great gift!
Could even be used by a woman as an outerwear jacket because it will be big enough to fit a sweater underneath. Check out the bodice first Strapless gown with matching chiffon scarf to be worn however you wish.
I always like this look, but that's just me. The skirt on this gown is column shaped, not a wide flowing chiffon, so looks great on you smaller gals as it will not overwhelm you! Excellent condition probably just worn once. Back double zipper yes, very well made! The material has a lovely, ethereal quality. Sadly it's a small size, but for those lucky gals, it's perfect! Labeled size 2, but sizes keep changing!! There is one issue OK, I have your attention so you won't think this is my normal perfect condition piece.
So your options are: You'll see this in the last 3 photos click on gown at left to see these. You'll see some water spot discolorations at the hemline, and harder to see is the skirt side that is lightly discolored down side. If you look at the 3rd photo of the side of the gown, you will see how light it is Meanwhile, this is obviously a fabulous color and fabulous strapless gown. LOVE the back velvet bows!!!! Would be listed for much more if perfect.
Even Oscar De La Renta is going back to this theme! Pair with a pink cardigan sweater and you can wear this to a wedding you'll look smashing!
It's as beautiful as a peppermint!! Side double zipper yes, very well made! The material is a lovely weight satin. This will NOT overwhelm you! Can you tell I'm in love with it?? Do you hate to dress up for the Xmas party but still want to look smashing, yet comfortable?? Or are you the boss and want to remain professional at your company Holiday party? Or are you like me and you are just always cold, so want to be covered at the next Winter party?
From the estate of the wealthy NYC woman comes this very wearable black tank top and matching cardigan covered all over with tiny black beads. This is the high-end black label Donna Karan. And as a typical New Yorker, most everything in her wardrobe was black. BOTH items can be worn showing the beaded side, or with the labels removed, plain black side. Wear however you want. Wear to work with the black side showing and reverse for your evening!
Any tiny tiny beads missing will not be missed. Think finest knitted silk. Will give a subtle glitter all over due to the black beads. Also Listed in the Furs, Etc.
Black Tiny Beaded Camisole! From the estate of the wealthy NYC woman comes this very wearable black beaded camisole. This came with the beaded cardigan and tank as you see above, but this cami has no label, so I have no idea if it's also a Donna Karan, but looks great with the beaded cardigan above. Excellent condition with just a bit of "messiness" at the straps with some missing beads.
Just give it a little "haircut". The back is stretchy to fit you properly, so this is meant to be worn with a jacket or sweater over I would say. Closes at back with hooks and eyes like a longline bra.
Even looks adorable OVER a blouse or even a t-shirt or turtleneck if you are fashion forward! You can find a few of these here and there, but this is by FAR the best looking one I've seen. The print is a "novelty" print with music notes, "Le Matin" newspaper a Parisian newspaper discontinued in , a large pipe, a vase with leaves A very similar dress even with the inverted pleats in the skirt is listed for sale in an advertisement in a Texas newspaper dated March 31, see photos.
Most people list these Holly Hoelscher shirtwaist dresses as "'s", but most, I believe, are from the early to mid 's. No surprise, as you can see and feel the quality of this silk and the construction with the sheer lining Balenciaga used linings like that! Hidden buttons at front. I've said it before I will say it again I love whimsy in fashion. I love fun Moschino! I haven't ever seen this dress before. But the words, boldly printed in black, made the dress anything but simple.
Wear with a white trench jacket and you will be runway ready! This dress came from an estate of a wealthy NYC women who had only the best high-end pieces. Excellent condition with the most minor minor minor minor how many times do I have to write this for you to believe me spots on the white embroidery see photos.
These can probably be cleaned by drycleaner. Back photo is lightened to see back zipper. I love finding something I've not seen before and I've seen a lot of fashion! Gradient purple jacket features lightening bolts, nighttime cityscape, and incredible lucite bubble buttons that have tiny lightening scenes inside you will also see my 3 lights in the reflection!!
Marked size 6 US. Up to 36" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 40" hips, 27" long. This coat is SOOO cool, as the neckline can be worn up in a modified funnel, or down with wide lapel. Closes with large snaps in doublebreasted shape. Excellent condition, except for what looks like a horizontal scratch at back see photo. As simple as design you can get, but from the era when Oleg Cassini was the King of Fashion. When he was so "hot" And then going on to become engaged to Grace Kelly.
This was a man firmly smack in the middle of the most fashionable life of the 'ss. This dress is perfection of simplistic design. Now if only this dress was in perfect condition All tiny, but there Priced to reflect condition. Extreme high-end fashion back to This dress is a fairly basic "secretary" dress in a blue and black silk print with unique rolled shoulders!! The black belt is just a black ribbon I used for show Or do whatever you want The elastic in the waist should be replaced if you are a smaller waist as it's all stretched out Excellent condition except for the extremely light and minor abrasions or fading in the silk see photos A laboratory and showcase for fresh design talent, Paraphernalia led a new epoch in fashionable New York.
Founder Paul Young chose a motley group for his original design team: In the later 60s, many more Paraphernalias opened. By then, most of the original designers had left the flagship store, and Paraphernalia franchise died out in the late 70s. Diana Dew was best known for her electric dresses. This dress is highly collectible and desirable for the classic 's psychedelic print.
I've seen quite a few Paraphernalia dresses that are pretty boring. All it needs is a plastic chain belt slung at the hips. The hem looks like it was shortened, but could be taken back down again. It WAS the s after all I hemmed up everything of mine too Extremely minor spots hidden in the design see photos.
Who is Lila Acheson Wallace? I have to admit, I didn't know her name either, but just to give you an idea of her great wealth, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art MET in New York City inaugurated the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing to permanently house and exclusively devoted to 20th-century art.
During her long association with the museum, she was one of its single greatest benefactors. In addition, in she was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon, and in , she was posthumously awarded the National Medal of Arts. She died in I was recently lucky enough to get a few of her pieces This one is a long pink and gold metallic brocade dress with brilliant sparkling!!!
Simple design of almost achingly beautiful material. In near mint condition. Photo of that dress is shown on their online collection!
Oh, and Lila Wallace was famous and important enough in to be on the front cover of Time Magazine!!! Comes with COA from Antiquedress. Please read the description above. Yet another lovely piece, but has some issues. Just slightly tired waistband, and the skirt has some water spotting and a few other spots. Possibly cleanable by a high-end cleaner.
Hand bound seams inside. Oh, the ivory Mainbocher blouse is available as well, but being sold separately One of the last dresses from the Dupont estate collection.
Simple shape design fitted square neck sleeveless bodice and slightly gathered long skirt with gorgeous woven gold, turquoise and teal "sari" design at lower skirt. Many of her gowns were designed with a similar look Mainbocher popularized the Indian sari fabrics in the s.
In Excellent condition with the exception of one teeny little mark on the breast see photo and ever so slight fading?? Or just normal to the raw silk fabric. And this dress is just another reason why. I am not usually an orange lover, but this one dress may have single-handedly changed my mind about that.
Love this sheer bold 60s print over an another sheer orange lining. High boat neckline, simple shape dress with the wide scallop hemline all ruffled with bows at the sides. Great little summer dress! This gorgeous, lavish s cocktail dress is an absolute eye popper and, I'm told, it came from the wardrobes of Paramount, however there are no labels inside. Certainly beautiful enough to believe it! It has definitely been worn so MAY be found in a movie or two They really are incredible!
This dress is heavy and as photographed all jewels and rhinestones are present one is loose and they are encrusted all the way around the upper rear of the dress. The skirt is also covered along with rhinestones and glass beads a couple rhinestones missing on the skirt. In true Hollywood glamour, this cocktail dress is beautifully made with silk chiffon which beautifully compliments the huge sparkling prong set rhinestones.
It is fully lined in silk. Replaced brown nylon zipper to the side. There are no main rhinestones missing although there are few 2mm wide ones missing from the edge which you will only see if you are staring. The dress is EXCELLENT condition with the exception of the chiffon snags to the back upper skirt and upper back where the rhinestones caught on fabric when stored, and other snags here and there. The skirt also has a few seams that are slightly unstitched not a big deal at all!
Silver snaps, safety pins, hooks, zippers with "O" ring pulls, and a few Swarovski crystals for good measure. The sleeves have zippers that open, and there are two diagonal zippers on the bust, and ones at the pockets And yes, it actually zips! With original hang tag still attached to zipper pull.
Labeled size 12 USA. Pretty incredible silk material! It's ever so slightly stretchy amazingly of a gold and ivory silk paper-thin fabric with fantastic "daisy" enameled buttons at front, puffy sleeves and wide great pointed cuffs. The best of the best! Elegant and glitzy at the same time. Dress it down with jeans, or dress it up for evening.
Great piece to have in you closet! If you prefer to be a bit more sedate, use the pieces and mix and match in your wardrobe! Great simple straight below knee skirt can be shortened if you prefer, so worn in this "ladylike" length. The jacket is very s And then comes the matching leopard silk belt also covered with the clear sequins and a flat buckle at front!
Excellent condition except the lining that has reddened and has ever so slight tearing just at the waist snaps The exterior will need the occasional "haircut" She wore many suits and blouses, but had a few dresses. Massive balloon sleeves of black silk taffeta matching the tie at waist to bow or tie as you like , all over the simple black velvet dress with plunging "v" neckline to show off some cleavage!
I have stuffed the sleeves a bit, so you can do the same to puff up. Hidden side metal zipper. If you are smaller than these measurements, the dress will look great as well. You can unbaste in 2 seconds if you dare wear it that low. Andrea Odicini is absolutely revered and is considered by Italian women who know couture to rank along side, or even above, Valentino even HE is known to pay Odicini great homage!!
From a wealthy Genoese family, he was able to pick and chose his clientele. If he did not like you, or if he thought that you did not understand fabrics and construction, he would not design for you! When he moved his atelier from Rome to Genoa, many women would journey to Genoa just to buy his creations because no one could equal his collections.
In the 's, he finally agreed to make a ready-to-wear line, but his creations were still ultra costly. Guess those people at Giorgio didn't have a Made in Italy label handy! You DO know Giorgio's Spring green silk ribbons and bows. Sweet short puffy sleeves. Train every fancy gown should have one in my book! The original "apron" belt with rosette bow at front, large bow at back and inside lining pocket!
Shown on my size 2 mannequin and fits her. I can get measurements, but really this is one that belongs on display and not worn. It's in very wearable condition, I just prefer you don't "hurt" her! She is years old after all Up to 12 month layaway available. This is one of those antique pieces that you have to see in person to believe!!! You get LOST in the detail as it's layer upon layer of gorgeousness. It stars with an ecru Battenburg coat with slightly bell sleeves with matching ecru velvet cloud-shape outlined inserts here and there and a few grape clusters.
That alone is gorgeous enough, however, under that is a thin layer of pleated chiffon at front and under that, another flat layer of chiffon.
Under THAT, or actually the lining, is an ecru and pink patterned silk of wheat sheaths design. The incredible beauty here is that the opposite side of the lining shows as pink and white through the sheer chiffon!!!
And this shows though as a muted patterned pink through the Battenburg lace!! Seen especially at the cuffs. The inside is all trimmed in a daisy embroidered edge. I could spend hours just looking at this piece! There are a few leg breaks in the Battenburg lace easy fix for a seamstress. Inside, there are some tears in the chiffon pleating, but not terrible. I'd love to see this go to a museum, or to someone who will stabilize the lining to keep this coat from being destroyed.
It's just too fabulous to lose!! If perfect, this is worth SO much more! Also Listed in the s Section. Nine yards of linen were needed to create one yard of finished material! It would take five weeks to make a pleated linen dress.
The fabrics are all handmade in our cottage industries. I have to confess sad, but true that I didn't know Sybil Connelly until a few years ago, so it's my job to educate all others to her design talents! At the time, I read: And that is probably quite true Sybil's list of clients was impressive. Her gowns are often exhibited in museums. If you want to know more of Sybil Connelly, I've included all the information just click on the gown photo.
This gown is made of the finest handkerchief linen. The horizontal pleats were a specialty. I added the pink satin waistband Near Mint condition with just two tiny spots found see photos.
I can't believe the condition of this gown! I doubt it was ever worn, and then it was stored in some amazing place that didn't allow for anything to harm it. You'd swear you went back in time to , except for one missing carved abalone button damn that one button! The gown is 2-pieces. The bodice is trimmed in ivory lace at the neckline and cuffs.
The skirt is shown over a bustle doesn't come with it and has nice bustle draping and silk floss fringe. The hemline is fully pleated and has a "kilting" of magenta pleated satin peeking out from under the black satin - which, according to the expert - proclaims that this gown could not, under any circumstances, be worn for mourning. Actually this expert called this an "at home" gown or as we might know it today, a "hostess gown".
Though I'm not sure why it has that designation, nor why she would have such an expensive gown for "at home"! Unless she was SO damn wealthy that she bought her wardrobe from Pingat and Worth and Doucet and just had so many gowns that she didn't have a chance to wear them all!! And even her "simplest" gowns were Parisian masterpieces!
Now for the other incredible information about this gown. It's an Extremely Large Size by Victorian or any other standards!
Measures an astonishing 45" bust, 37" waist, 42" long from waist to hem, 66" long from waist to back of train. This coat comes directly from the descendants of the woman in the photo There are only a few issues to speak of The silk lining is in great condition see photos , but the extremely delicate pleating chiffon trim which hardly ever survives! This kept it from getting worse, but it's not something I'd recommend! Anyway, I'm leaving as I found it.
You can remove the chiffon and no one would know anything was wrong, but I'd rather leave as much fashion history as possible.
Though as you can see, she wore it open! Until the 20th Century, ermine was reserved for royalty in Western Europe seen on the coronation robes of royal and noble persons. It symbolized purity, valor, justice and dignity. After that, only the most wealthy could afford something this luxurious!! This coat comes with the original photo of Willie Mae wearing the coat, and a typed 7-page family diary from which describes the constant trips to Europe and Paris I'm attributing the coat as a Parisian Designer Coat as it's nearly an absolute match to the Parisian jacket I have listed below!
And I know this family bought most of their clothing from Paris. I can't believe I was lucky enough to find TWO of these dresses!!! Still has the Filene's Basement tag though someone removed the original price. As a matter of fact, I don't think I will. I don't have to. If you don't know how incredibly fabulous this is, then what can I say to you?? Oh, other than to say that I show this worn as a dress, and as a possible skirt with wide waistband.
You can get as creative as Moschino. Excellent, near mint condition. Oh, and for all you gals in "that condition" Great for a baby bump as well!
Also Listed in the Today Section. Same dress at the MET: Mainbocher dressed some of the world's most famous women, including the ultimate He continued to design much of the Duchess of Windsor's wardrobe, naming a color, Wallis blue, for her, and created the first strapless evening gown.
He designed expensive, elegant haute couture dresses and gowns for an exclusive clientele, and incredibly charging them for the privilege of viewing his collections! In , he relocated his business to New York and continued to design for generations of discerning women of means, including Gloria Vanderbilt who was one of the wealthiest women in the world at that time.
He also designed for Broadway. Only the wealthy could afford to own Mainbocher's understated elegence. And now, that includes YOU! I guess I have to call it a light maize color. LOVE that double notched collar!!
Now, I'm showing with the blouse peeking out from under, but you can tuck it in. Just want you to see that there is a terrific beaded original matching blouse included! Excellent condition for all. The best of the best. Best I've Seen in or out of a Museum! As the story goes, in , after realizing many of his clients were wealthy Americans, he opened his couture salon in New York City providing custom couture Parisian tailored fashions for the wealthiest women including the Duchess of Windsor, Mrs.
Elizabeth Parke Firestone, Mrs. Lyn Revson Revlon , socialite and philanthropist Mrs. Samuel Peabody and Jacqueline Kennedy. His fashions are extremely rich and dramatic, often including fine embroidery and beadwork on fairly simple silhouettes.
Firestone wrote a letter to a her friend in Paris stating "Bob Bugnand, who is in New York now entirely and makes only for a very few people, does all my work.
And it's this simple black "Bob Bugnand, New York" couture label you want! Tent shaped dress Measures: Coat is meant to be worn open over. Fully lined in satin. Excellent condition with only a few minor rhinestones missing. For those of you who have vintage clothing worthy of a museum, this dress should be added to your collection! The design itself is, of course as you can see, fabulous Frankly I've not seen a tag like this on any dress before.
Perhaps it's that rare, or perhaps I'm just not looking hard enough. I know of two other black lace Cassini dresses of the same design, so obviously the dress was produced, but perhaps this could be the original sample? Seems slightly better as the others with the bows at straps, and the shape seems a bit more elegant. I'm sure this design was a bit too sexy for her, but would have worked beautifully on his finance, Grace Kelly.
Russet color lace in "sunburst" design skimming over a more fitted sexy russet sheathe dress with plunging bodice of nude fabric. Tie bows at shoulders and back. Still a wonderful museum quality early Oleg Cassini dress with great tag!
To keep dress is best condition, Final Sale Item! Also listed in the Today Category. Helen Rose did this outfit for me. It's pale green, and the coat is lined with the same beading as the dress.
We had to pay for those dresses back then. Helen Rose was one of the few top Hollywood Designers from the ss. She designed wardrobe for a long list of stars.
And her designs are memorable Helen's consumer line, "Helen Rose Couture", existed from So you can just imagine the original price of this beaded dress! Fitted fully beaded dress with extremely flattering low "v" neckline both front and back. Fabulous floral beaded and rhinestones over the entire bodice and wide band at hemline. This is an opportunity to experience the luxury and glamour that was reserved for filmland's most beautiful women.
I WAS selling these glasses complete in the box for one price But one pair has already SOLD, so the complete box is no longer available.
But as you purchase each separately, at least you know they came from ONE previous owner and are all original to this one store stock box! I will give you a COA from Antiquedress. Sadly the beautiful Sharon Tate was murdered by Charles Manson the following year in Former Coty Fashion Design Winner! Attention all wall flowers!!!! You do NOT want this coat!
However, if you have always craved attention, and you have a flamboyant style.. Just so you know No museum textile collection should be without Vollbrach! FYI, "Michael" Vollbrach was recently wooed out of retirement to head the house of Bill Blass, but he's had to tame his wild streak, so it's not the same.
No question this is a limited production couture, or one-of-a-kind piece. Unlined felt see inside photo. The peacock feathers are beautifully iridescent! The gold lame is shiny! No closures, so will fit a variety of sizes.. This will overwhelm you! A high end early department store dry goods where Mr. Selfridge began his career as a salesman and rose up the ranks to President just prior to opening his fine establishment in London because Marshall Fields refused to add his name to theirs!
As it's written in a book about Mr. A major American manufacturer of copy machines and office supplies in the late 19th Century and the 20th Century.
Dick purchased the patent from his friend Thomas Edison. So was he wealthy??? This gown came from an auction lot at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago in the late 's. When they went to the cashier to pay, they were told that a steamer trunk came with the lot. That trunk was labeled A. Mathews on January 25, , it is presumed that this is the wedding gown from that wedding.
Alice's father was Charles H. Mathews who had amassed a fortune and had become the richest man in Galesburg, IL at the time of his death in So Alice could afford the very best in wedding gowns! Alice passed away in and AB Dick married Alice's sister! Mary Henrietta Mathews in And indeed it is It's a one-piece ivory silk brocade gown with long ruffle edged train, bustle back, "v" attached bodice, beaded netting adorning bodice and sleeves, "leaf" patter brocade, ribbons down front, low cut bodice with chiffon interior, bust pads!
The only issues to report are small stains down the front plain skirt panel very likely from the water of the bouquet and one tiny "L" tear at the back might have caught her gown on a chair. I can't absolutely confirm that this is Alice's wedding gown, but all my research leads to that fact! I guarantee it's from the AB Dick family trunk! Also Listed in the s and Wedding Categories.
From the Estate of Actress Edie Adams! I think Alaia might have been stealing a bit from Mainbocher. I sold a green Alaia jacket with similarilies in design between this s Mainbocher coat and the Alaia jacket, including the "v" cut just below the large collar lapels in the Alaia, echoing the "v" cuts in the Mainbocher.
I mean they are certainly different, but From the Modern Fashion Encyclopedia: In , when the Duchess of Windsor purchased her wedding gown and trousseau, it was designed by Mainbocher. From the start, Mainbocher specialized in simple, conservative, elegant, and extremely expensive fashions, the luxury of cut, materials, and workmanship that could only be recognized by those in the know.
As the years progressed, Mainbocher continued to design exclusively on a made-to-order basis, refusing to license his name. By the s and s, old guard Mainbocher customers enjoyed wearing impeccably made classic coats and suits of wool in the midst of nouveau-riche ostentation. The typical ladylike daytime Mainbocher look was accessorized with a choker of several strands of real pearls, white gloves, and plain pumps with matching handbag. The integrity of luxurious fabrics, intricate cut, quality workmanship and materials, elegance and classicism, were cherished and worn for years by Mainbocher's upper crust customers.
And now you can be one! Condition is very good, however there is some slight fading and one button insert sad face here is missing. Nicer looking at least I think so! Up to 50" bust, up to 52" waist, up to 60" hips. Along with Ivory Silk Embroidered Waistcoat! From large estate of early Museum Quality clothing comes this extraordinary French highly embroidered velvet frock coat with silk faille embroidered waistcoat under.
I still have these pieces displayed on my mannequin as I can't bear to take them away!! Even better in person This would have been a court suit and worn with matching velvet breeches and a lace jabot at neck. The most intricate polychrome silk embroidery of flowers and leaves and embroidered ivory ovals creating what is meant to look like lace at the edges. Coordinating ivory simple lace at cuffs. The ivory silk faille waistcoat is equally impressive and beautifully embroidered with bright silk in a complementary floral design.
I have seen embroidered frock coats and waistcoats for sale on the open market, but never have I seen any more extraordinary!
Most are in the top international museums. Both pieces in Excellent condition and all original. There are extreme minor issues The waistcoat is near mint. From large estate of early Museum Quality clothing Exquisite embroidered striped silk satin of champagne and coral with green and ivory embroidered flowers and buds all over.
Wonderful detailing including self-covered decorative buttons on front bodice, banded slit in the pocket of the skirt to allow for accessing pocket of underskirt, slightly curved sleeves to follow the crook of the arms, original gathered string for the top of the bodice one side only still exists , fine muslin lining in bodice. One of the most exciting features is that the interior rope cords and loops are still intact for gathering up the back gown!
See the additional photos showing the gown gathered up at back and down as you see to the left. I photographed this gown over a simple white petticoat at front and panniers neither come with the gown.
Clean underarms, like new! Strong silk fabric with only a bit of edge wear on front of skirt. Only one tiny hole found only by holding up to light half the size of eraser head. Otherwise only minor small areas of discolorations lost in folds. Shown on a 30" bust, 23" waist mannequin. I was told by an expert more expert than I that this gown is from Spring, And even though he is the expert, he had determined that this gown had been tied with the bow in the front. However, I believe it might have been tied as you see it in the low slung back.
I could certainly be wrong And I have a line drawing from c. This is why I wish I had lived through the s. Fashion as just SOOO damn sexy! Hidden closures at the front are covered by the sash. The rhinestone clip at front is on a hinge so it opens to hold the separate extremely long matching satin sash at the mid-front.. Gathered material at the bodice sides, great shaping at the armholes, and material like liquid.
The tiny ones are easy, but there are half-moon shaped ones that will be harder to find. I have 4 of the 9 that are out, so 5 are missing. This gown is shown on my size 2 mannequin and it fits her great.
Also listed in the s section. I'm showing these early shoes with buckles that aren't of the correct era, but somewhat of the right look just to give you an idea of what they would have looked like when worn. The rest of the photos show the shoes as they are. The watered silk faille is all trimmed in a matching silk braid.
Hard to describe the condition. For the age they are Excellent, with just extremely minor issues of wear - mostly at the edges. The photos will really describe the condition better than words. There are pinholes on the tabs where the buckles would have been attached over the years.
Interior sole is brown leather in fabulous condition. Bottom leather sole is mostly sueded now having lost the top layer, but still in great condition. An amazingly early pair of shoes not often found on the open market! I just found this dress hiding in the community theater costume department of a well-to-do Connecticut town.
The same place I happened to find a Worth s coat!! I knew it was gorgeous, but looking inside and finding the Weeks, Paris label I nearly fell off my feet. Not only that, but the still attached original interior silver lame lace-trimmed slip is as bright as I have ever seen antique lame!!!
The vintage gods must have been kind in saving this Museum Quality dress in this condition!! There is very little information about the House of Weeks, however, the few pieces I have found mostly from the s currently reside in the famed Museum of Metropolitan Art MET in New York City see photos of those gowns, etc by clicking on the flapper dress!
The embroidery on her gown was similar to the embroidery on the gown worn by Queen Mary at that Coronation! This is all just to give you a clue as to just how special this label is!! As good as all those other more well-known designer labels of the era. The dress is covered with unique silver sparkle dusted sequins and silver beading in an organic design all over front and back.
The chiffon scarves start the trend which got longer and longer from the short flapper dresses to the long s gowns. The dress measures 42" around bust, waist and hips, 46" long from shoulder to hem. They will be seen close-up, but from a far as you can see from the photo to the left , barely seen.
If you care, you can cover with silk flowers as she might have worn anyway. But I'm hoping this dress ends up in a museum as it deserves that fate! SO nice for me when these magnificent pieces just come to me from long-time collectors!! So they are "new to the market" from years of storage. I must confess, I knew just by looking at this gown that it was special, but it wasn't until I researched "M. Connelly" that I found just how special! Sure, there is one M. And not only that, but this was her dressmaker of choice per Feb.
Hayes went shopping at M. Connelly in New York. There she ordered three new gowns for White House functions. More information from M. Connelly is that she moved her business to 5th Ave. And then you are getting the additional ensemble pieces for free!! And the condition is just about that good There are a few slight issues likely replaced waistband, but that's just about the only issue!
I could detail all the details, but I've written too much already, so the photos will tell you all you need to know. If you want a Victorian Wedding Gown, look no further! Even if it wasn't worn by Hollywood royalty I say that because it's now 3 generations of talented women from this family Melanie wore with matching color dress under, but you can wear with everything from that to skinny pants and white shirt, to mini skirt for that high-low look.
The coat is meant to stay on This is the STAR, not whatever is under. Even though it's trained for your entrance, there are two buttons inside that scrunch up the train to walk around with ease. From the prestigious boutique Les Habitudes, Beverly Hills This certainly MAY be one-of-a-kind Wired collar, wide cuffed sleeves, self-covered button front at waist, intricately gathered "corset" back.
Top quality construction and Excellent condition. So hard to find information on Selincourt even though the company as been around since the mids!!
They began making coats, mantles and fur garments. A dress business was added later. The gowns were very high quality ready-to-wear, manufactured in limited editions. Eventually, Selincourt absorbed a number of other dress businesses, and as of , they had fifteen subsidiaries, including three couture houses. They are considered a powerhouse fashion firm. This gown is just killer fabulous. The entire tulip shaped skirt is hooped to stand out as you see it.
Shipping may be extra to accommodate it. Gathered bodice and gathered skirt with two silk matching flowers. Sadly the gown is a small waist size, and it's not perfect Also Listed in the s-Today Section. If you are one of my website groupies, you might have seen the few other "hair" cloches I have sold in the past.
Perhaps my favorite thing are elaborate flapper headpieces. People ask me what I like the best So, I search for these everywhere. Rarely do I find them. And even more rarely am I first in line to purchase them for you! I can only assume that these extremely rare high-style wig cloches were a mark of sophistication.
The cloche is woven into the shape of a classic 's hairdo - complete with the finger wavy hairs all over and the pinned up "longer" hair at the back and coiled at the sides in curls or others have braids.
This one has the addition of the original attached thin rhinestone headband!! Those rhinestones have darkened over the years, and I suppose they could be replaced if you are so inclined, but I sell as found for historic value. The floss is likely the "new" rage of artificial silk called "rayon".
There are only a few flossed strands that are out of place and stick out slightly. Net lining with writing I can't read. Absolutely a museum quality piece! This will fit a 22" head, or as you see with her her hair showing under. God I love these!!! Actual photo of a s gal wearing a similar headpiece!!!
Also listed in the s and Hats section. So then I went on a Google hunt This dress is indeed a Jeanne Lanvin c. There is also another one of these dresses in the museum collection of the Musée Galliera, City of Paris though I think my gown is better as there seems to have possibly been some tampering with their dress' waistline!! This dress is highlighted in the listing of this exhibit at: I just added a sample bow. There is also a repair needed at one shoulder and at one section of the hemline see photos.
Otherwise, other than barely worth a mention pinholes seen from the inside, and somc clouding of the rhinestones, it's in remarkable condition! Especially for this paper-thin silk taffeta! I keep hoping if I keep turning this dress inside out, the label will miraculously appear, but it's really unnecessary.
I'd stake my career on the fact that this is, indeed, a Jeanne Lanvin! If you click on the photo of this dress, you will see at the bottom of the next page 9 similar dresses designed by Jeanne Lanvin from the mids. Many are surprisingly similar with the lace or sheer wide hemline and the scalloped design just above, dropped waistline and pannier shape skirt yes, perhaps I stuffed the panniers WAY too much for my photos, but I wanted you to see the extreme shape of this skirt!!
The front is decorated with silk flowers original to the dress as well as a pink bow sash at the back. The front "v" is VERY low and slightly off-centered, so may have had a modesty panel as you see in two of the other examples.
There are no labels in this dress, sadly, but it's certainly a s piece, and it just seems quite likely that this is, indeed, a Jeanne Lanvin. I feel like I've seen this design before in some book or fashion print, but cannot find it. I'm hoping someone out there can indeed confirm this to be a Lanvin Excellent condition with just a few minor issues Goes on over the head. May have had snap closure at side seam originally that was sewn up.
I keep hoping if I keep turning this dress inside out, the label will miraculously appear! But it came to me from the same estate as the other unlabeled Jeanne Lanvin dress above, and that one matches a design from the Jeanne Lanvin archives so The Paramount movie was released in , starring Barbra Streisand with costumes designed by the legendary Cecil Beaton.
Deep red silk velvet full length empire style gown with train, having attached nude silk under dress, featuring seven oval shaped cutouts revealing underdress, edged with gold bugle beading and decorative gold metallic thread flowers. The gown is accompanied by a matching long velvet shawl, ends featuring large, full double tassels.
Snap hook and eye closures. Built in bra label reads "Saks Fifth Avenue". The photos of Barbra wearing this gown were taken by Cecil Beaton! A postcard of the photo accompanies this gown, as well as the COA. Very Good Condition with occasional loose threading, a few tiny holes at lower front. Cape is Excellent condition. Oh, and Barbra Streisand's Superman T-shirt yes folks Also Listed in the Memorabilia Category.
I've been selling on this website for 14 years now, and I've only found 3 other s "hair" cloches. Two metallics one gold, one silver and one PINK! These are quite rare as that means I only find one every 3. This is the first one I found in a hair color and sort of hair texture Designed as the others with tight curls at back and a "hair part" at the top. These are usually quite large sized Because I believe they were for those gals with long Edwardian hair who weren't ready, or brave enough, to cut off their long locks to have the "new" short flapper bob cut.
So, they used these instead This one looks like it was relined at some point in time, as the white gauzy material inside isn't original The rhinestone ornament has a few rhinestones missing that can easily be replaced if you care. I'll look to see if I have any replacement stones that fit.
I can't be sure I will, so For all your gals and I know there are many who collect fantastic flapper headpieces Excellent condition other than the rhinestones missing and interior replacement. Also Listed in the Hats, etc. I would say about pres These wigs are made of human hair but coated with a heavy wax substance to keep it's shape. There is some Japanese writing on the handle of the box see photos.
First off, this came from a collection that included an exquisite Emile Pingat outfit that was also labeled "A. Seems that in Pingat grew tired and relinquished his business to the well-established dressmaking firm, A. This fabulous capelet certainly could have been worn by royalty! Deep ruby velvet adorned with elaborate design of sequins and jet beads surrounded in a heavy ecru lace and topped off with large black silk bows.
Lined in an iridescent burgundy silk with scalloped edges. A few minor marks in the velvet, but basically Near Mint condition. This is one for the museum collection! Check out the photo of the signed Pingat cape from the Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art under all the rest of the photos of this capelet I think you'll agree Walles is even nicer!
Streisand presented the Oscar award for Best Song. American singer and actor Sammy Davis Jr. It's a black velvet horizontal stripes on netting with rhinestones of various sizes scattered all over. You can see that all the rhinestones are placed exactly where they are in the photos of Barbra's dress There is also an attached numbered tag The dress is sheer, and has a nude lining attached underneath.
The gown is quite structured, and as you can see Excellent condition with just a pulling of the dress away from the zipper at the back waist Inside you can see a light "B. Streis" hand-written on the upper back lining. Lined in Silver Lame! This piece weighs an amazing yes, I can use that word for this!
You gotta look at all the photos click on photo at left. The massive collar is held up with a metal rod up the back! You think it's easy being a showgirl???? I contacted Nolan Miller's company to discuss this piece. There was only one made, and the design was based on an Erte painting so they nicknamed it "the Erte". Just the kind of dress you would expect to be worn by the Hollywood elite Grace Kelly or a very young Audrey Hepburn. As simple as you can find, and as beautiful as you can find!
Sleeveless white cotton bengaline dress with deep "V" neck front. Front center seam ending in a large bow midway down skirt. Deep inverted black pleat. Lovely back shoulder straps.
Near Mint condition for a white dress it's incredible! It was shortened, but wasn't cut so there is up to 4" hem and can be let back down as there are no marks for the proper "ballerina" skirt length of There is the smallest light spot of the skirt front, but again, for a white dress, you won't find better condition. So I was so excited to see it again I sell so few McCardell's because there are so few fantastic ones still available so I suppose we start with a quick Claire McCardell bio.
Only a few years out of school, Claire went to work at Townley with designer Richard Turk who died soon after which basically left her with the head designer position! There's a quick way up the ladder!
Anyway, she stayed for a few years, went to Hattie Carnegie for two years and then back to Townley in to design under her own label. McCardell is credited with developing the blueprint for American sportswear Her innovations were the "popover" wraparound dress, soft empire dresses, bloomer-like playsuits, dirndl skirts, tube tops eek! She is considered to have been one of America's most influential designers.
You have to remember how highly structured the clothing was at the time to know how innovative this dress was for the time. Very soft, comfortable knitted "sweater" jersey designed into a wonderfully shaped dress. Her signature brass round hook and-eye closures at the front. Sort of reds and greens and blacks look at the close-up photos for true fabric colors.
Sold at Halle Bros. Just what you want from Gilbert Adrian! Unique design, eye-catching, dramatic, and with tassels! This suit came from a collection of Adrian, Lilli Ann and Irene pieces, but sadly many of the Lilli Ann suits were attacked by a few moths. However, the moths must have read the label on this suit which reads: This moth proofing lasted a heck of a lot longer than 5 years!!!
Fantastic condition with just a bit of discoloration of the lining! What else can I say except I love it. Heavy metal zipper at skirt side. Skirt is unlined as it was originally. If you don't know Gilbert Adrian, just Google search him and you will get the lowdown.
So you can just imagine the original price of this beaded gown! Fitted, fully beaded gown with extremely flattering low "v" neckline both front and back. Fabulous rows of beaded fringe and crystal drops on the skirt, at hemline, at bodice and armholes Extremely rare fully jet black beaded Edwardian gown over green silk with gold lame lace trim! Well, now you have! The gown isn't perfect, but still in remarkable condition as most of these colored silk linings from this era are in tatters.
There is just a bit of discoloration of the green silk seen when lifting up the black beaded overdress , and there is a bit of messiness at mid upper back ecru lace, and some tearing of the lace under one sleeve at back see photos.
Although this is in a wearable size, I would hope that this gown is purchased to be displayed rather than destroyed. Just too rarely beautiful! I can't tell you what to do once you buy it, but just my hope. Doesn't come with a belt, but probably was worn with something like you see I added in the photos. Might have been black velvet or black satin. Nearly impossible these days to find extraordinary 's gowns outside of museums.
I just happen to have a couple that I was lucky enough to get years ago Though it ain't easy. This one has 4 different looks!! The ballgown short sleeved bodice comes with the original detachable pagoda sleeves, and then the additional original matching pelerine worn over the bodice with the short or long sleeves. The short and long sleeves and pelerine are all edged in silk floss fringe, and embellished with an incredible brown and graige brocade. This brocade is then used in wide double panels on both sides of the skirt as faux sashes!!!
Has all the other details you want This gown is is very strong condition. The only issues are underarm stains see photos and sadly a section on the front of the skirt that is water stained quite possibly used as a wedding gown and the flower bouquet leaked It just has to be forgiven to have such a killer all original gown. I didn't tie up the corset back on this piece because the less I worked with the corset ties, the better, so I thought it was more important to baby this beauty.
Once she is yours, you will be happy I was so thoughtful! I nearly fell off my chair when photos of this gown were send to me!!! It was SO spectacular that I was afraid that when it arrived in the mail that it wasn't going to be an actual s gown As fantastic as any gown you would have seen on the silver screen movie stars of the era. Ragan and Miss Emily Guelton in , and headquartered in a mansion that still stands currently a bridal shop.
In the 20's and 30's "Customers were required to make appointments in advance and when they arrived sent their cards via a parlor maid. They were shown to rosewood sofas and chairs in the beautifully appointed rooms with the elaborate cornices, tall pier glasses, mantelpieces and glittering crystal chandeliers.
I even found Mrs. Probably returning from France with her imported gowns!! Both women passed away in the late 's, early 's and the shop continued under other proprietors in the same tradition, with the same painstaking attention to detail. I doubt this was originally a wedding gown, but it it certainly could be, so it's included in this wedding section for those of you who have been WAITING for the gown that was going to WOW!!
Can't get much more WOW than this!!!! There are minor spots mostly at the hemline, and a few minor ones here and there, but in the evening light you should be wearing this gown, they will hardly be an issue.
Measures up to a 29" waist tight, but can squeeze into that though the inner waistband is 26" you don't need to use that , up to 37" hips. Bust is hard to measure as the back is open Yes, the price is high Also Listed in the Wedding and s-Today Categories. Gustav Beer opened his Parisian Couture House in after years of designing in his native Germany , so this is one of his first gowns from Paris!
I'm speechless and that doesn't happen often! I can't believe this gown just came to me out of the blue As fabulous as any of the gowns you'd see in the museum photo books see the gown photo from the New York Metropolitan Costume Institute! I like this one lot better!! The kind of piece I never thought I would ever find Even the condition is fantastic! Sure, the inner chiffon lining is going badly from the inner puff sleeves, and there is just a bit of pulling of the material off the waistband from the weight , but other than those minor issues, it's nearly mint!
Love the gold sequins in the standard round shape, but also in a open pointed oval shape on ecru lace appliqued with black chenille. Please don't wear this, as it really is an important enough piece that it should be babied.
But for mannequin purposes, it Measures: I've taken loads of photos so you can see all the details But alas, she didn't, so if you have the body, you can walk down the aisle like the Princess you are. Ivory crushed velvet gown with beaded wide sleeves and upper bodice, and then the beading follows through to the long train!!
The long velvet ropes at the neckline with wax blossoms "tassels" complete the look. This gown was so much nicer on the body than then mannequin, so As it's a bias cut, it will fit a variety of bodies, but it is small, so best for size The model is Email me your measurements no cheating to make sure it will fit you, as this is going to be a final sale item due to the uniqueness.
Although there is no label in this gown, it was found in a box with a little silk pillow ruined now that read: Valentin Elgoibar, Bilbao, Spain. Unlike a new wedding gown, this is an investment as it will always keep it's value. Also Listed in the Today and Wedding Categories.
First off, FYI, the P. P means Pret-a-Porter or "ready-to-wear" as opposed to "made-to-measure" Couture. That was your first lesson today. Your second lesson is to introduce you to Genevieve Antoine d'Ariaux who wrote the book on fashion In , she wrote: There was even a novel, "Elegance", by Kathleen Tessaro, that tells the story of a frumpy middle-aged woman who transforms her life after finding a year old copy of d'Ariaux's book!
In her own words from the book, Madame d'Ariaux writes: My own couture house, Genevieve d'Ariaux was doing very well at the time, with a clientele of fashionable women who Being a fanatic about quality, I would refuse to deliver a garment unless I was entirely satisfied with it, and the costs were soaring". So you can imagine her clothing is quite rare! In addition to her books, she was given the title of French fashion editor. Obviously a great sense of humor, one favorite quote in her book reads: Dress has a 5" hem and looks to have been taken up 2".
There is no crinoline under, but I photographed with one not included. Metal zipper at back of dress. Think this looks slightly familiar?? Well, I already sold the gold version of this dress. Check that one out at: This is still one of the early Mackie's. DON'T confuse it with the more modern stuff. The faux wrap bodice with LOW back. I tried to capture a photo of the dress in motion. Spectacular to see this shimmy and shake The color is a blue-ish green.
And black bugle beads cover the bodice as well. Sold at Fred Hayman, Beverly Hills. You really need to know WHAT this is!
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