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20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

August 12, 2017
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Fall Fashion, Inspired By Vintage Styles

If you were to closely watch the pendulum of fashion, you’d get very dizzy. Modern designers continually draw from the well of the past, dipping into styles of previous decades and combining them with a modern twist. It’s enough to … Continue reading

July 29, 2017
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Alternative Fashion: 200 Years of Tribal Ethnic Style

Fringe, turbans, caftans, long dangly ear rings: it’s “hippie” style and it started in the 60’s, right? Not exactly. It’s bohemian style and its been around for a while. Here are some archival photos from the late 1800’s: Before we … Continue reading

July 22, 2017
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1930’s Bias Cut Dresses: Sexy Screen Siren Style

Remember that really bad Rod Stewart song from the 80’s, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? I’m assuming you’ll agree it was terrible because I think it is. In truth, what’s a catchy tune or an ear worm, what’s bland or delicious, what … Continue reading

June 22, 2017
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Mid Century Made in Hong Kong Finery

Picture a classic 50’s or early 60’s dress in a rich tone-on-tone brocade. The lines of the dress are on par with fashionable evening wear of the era, but the garment is done up in fabric that’s got an Asian … Continue reading

June 13, 2017
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Retro Fashions On TV

Once, back in college, a friend was taking a class called The History of History. It was one of those mind blowing freshman epiphanies: how we think about the past is influenced by what’s happening in the present, and the … Continue reading

June 2, 2017
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Why Shoe Design is a Little Bit like Rock Music

Think for a moment about rock and roll music from, say, 1958 to 1982. Everything was being done for the very first time. Everyone from Buddy Holly to Prince created something absolutely fresh and new with each song they wrote. … Continue reading

April 11, 2017
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Vintage Secretary Blouses

Fashion has reached the point in its current cycle where showing lots of skin has become banal. So now the pendulum is swinging the other way. Covered up is cutting edge. Ladylike is the new sexy. What’s more covered up and … Continue reading

March 17, 2017
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1950’s Silhouettes (& Wearing 1980’s as 1950’s)

The 1950’s fashion era is perennially popular because of it’s womanly appeal. There are two main iconic silhouettes in 50s fashion – the cinched waist with full skirt that emphasizes the waist and the slim fitting pencil skirt that emphasizes the … Continue reading

January 22, 2017
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Embracing the Eighties

Is there any decade easier to mock, sartorially speaking, than the eighties? It’s  legacy is a sort of fashion punch line. I get it. MC Hammer pants,  Lycra unitards, acid wash denim, pretty much anything worn by Joan Collins can come as … Continue reading

January 7, 2017
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The Golden Age of Nightgowns: Vintage Peignors

Today,  let’s talk about those frivolous, silky, see-through vintage gown and robe sets that makes women feel like a silver screen queens. Specifically, lets look at some peignoir sets. When the stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age “slipped into something more comfortable” … Continue reading