Dating during 1930s
) and can't seem to find anything other than it's likely from 1992 or 1995 when Karl Lagerfeld seemed to show see-through blouses on the runway. This corset is being sold on other websites for $1500. Here are the descriptions: "This classic lace slip dress - a nod to lingerie - integrates the sensual, feminine quality of Chantilly lace with the hard look of silver metal." OR "The last word in sexy chic and sublime design with the combination of the corset-shaped bodice with the most fabulous shimmering steel or platinum colored metallic lace over a sheer nude lining! This jacket could SO easily been assumed to be a Balenciaga jacket from the 1950s. The textured fabric is used on a diagonal to match the shape of the jacket... all from prestigious high-end designer, Mainbocher. Now make a sad face (like I did when I first saw that it wasn't perfect). The skirt was hemmed up at some point, and the lining is also stained/discolored (see photos). Oh, and Lila Wallace was famous and important enough in 1949 to be on the front cover of Time Magazine!!! I was recently lucky enough to get a few of her pieces... Just slightly tired waistband, and the skirt has some water spotting and a few other spots. Mainbocher popularized the Indian sari fabrics in the 1950s. Measures: up to 39" bust, 17" from shoulder to waist (long waisted - or room for ample breasts), 40" long from waist to hem. During her long association with the museum, she was one of its single greatest benefactors. In addition, in 1972 she was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon, and in 1992, she was posthumously awarded the National Medal of Arts. I was recently lucky enough to get a few of her pieces... :) I can't find much about Marldena gowns, but they were around for at least 30 years it seems, so they must have been quite popular! During the Depression in the 1930s, she found new clients designing for the theater. Measures: 39" bust, up to 34" waist, up to 39" hips, 38" long from shoulder to hem for both. However, this gown is lined where it needs to be... The detail of the way it closes at back is quite unique with buttons that curve around the design. Measures: up to 36" bust, up to 28/29" waist, up to 39" hips, 32" long from waist to hem. In July 2011, Vanity Fair Magazine voted Jacqueline de Ribes as one of the "International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame" recipients. Original cashmere tie (to wear a few different ways)... so I'm just showing a possibility of what it might have looked like (doesn't come with it). So you have to know that this woman spent quite a bit of money on her gowns. Measures: up to 38" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 40" hips, 53" long as is, but there is an additional 5" that could be found in the hem. There are beads missing, but you have to look very hard to see that... Measures: 34" bust, up to 25" waist, up to 42" hips, 42" long from shoulder to hem. I know this is early 1980's as I had a silk 2-piece dress almost exactly the same shape. even wore it to meet a well-known Hollywood STAR (one of the highlights of my life! No, I can't use his name, but it made me feel incredibly special! As you can see, it ties at the waist with the matching rope tie. Perhaps best known for creating Dustin Hoffman's red sequined gown for Tootsie, his clients included Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Mick Jagger, Joan Collins, etc! Guess Liza only wore it for a short time, and it was so expensive that it might have been retuned to the store. Comes with COA from Andre Van Pier/FIT as worn by Liza Minnelli, along with the Andre Van Pier hand written and signed tag!! 3/4 length sleeves leaves you plenty of room for bracelets. Stretching, I got up to 43" bust, up to 34" waist, up to 43" hips, 41" long from shoulder to hem. According to Vintage Label Resource: "Muir particularly liked working in soft, flowing fabrics: jersey, wool crpe, silk satin, and soft leathers and suedes.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. Measures: 30" waist, 32" long from shoulder to hem. This is, indeed, the COUTURE label so the price is about right. Side zipper, but because of the corseting, you can tie it to your body measurements both in front and in back. " No this isn't THE gown from the Museum at FIT (NYC), but it's the same gown that you will see in the museum. and see the likely prototype worn by Kelly Klein at the MET Fashion Gala in December, 1991. Just wear a smashing statement necklace to dress up. The only way you know it isn't is because the tags are modern. all from prestigious high-end designer, Mainbocher. In Excellent condition with the exception of one teeny little mark on the breast (see photo) and ever so slight fading?? all from prestigious high-end designer, Mainbocher. This gown is exactly what you would expect of Mainbocher... One first look, it looks to be in remarkably wonderful condition. Originally had a belt or tie/sash but it was lost over the years, so I just used a black ribbon (doesn't come with it). Measures: 39" bust, up to 31" waist, 27" long from waist to hem, 16" from shoulder to waist (note: the shoulders have stitching so they might have been slightly shortened. From about 1950 until her retirement in 1967, Kuhn focused on her elaborately housed private dressmaking business, where she had a staff of 12 working at 57 West 56th St., NYC. Some beads missing (though nothing jarring), minor fabric discolor underarms... This can be dated as (according to Vintage Label Resource), Wilson Folmar was the designer for Edward Abbott from 1957-1964. Might need a seamstress to revamp the back waist closure (currently has velcro! There are 2 teeny moth holes from my least favorite bug (well... She married to become a Countess and was well known as a style maker long before she became a designer. Measures: 35/36" bust, up to 29" waist, up to 38" hips, 37" long from shoulder to hem. or even around your waist if you prefer to remove it from the back neck. Excellent condition with just one tiny spot found on the bottom of one pocket (see photos on the one pocket - last photo). Measures: up to 35" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 37" hips, 56" long from shoulder to hem. Especially the ones she wore at the Captain's Table when on cruises with her husband... This gown is completely covered in millions of tiny gold bugle beads (ok, I might be exaggerating, but I'm NOT counting them! on the gown itself, and then those are covered with gold beaded tiered fringe!! except for the hem where it's a bit more obvious (see photo) in one area. The collar is wide and ruffly and has an extra piece to create a tie at collar. Measures: up to 35" bust, up to 34" waist, up to 38" hips, 36" long from shoulder to hem. These Gene Shelley Made in Hong Kong dresses were extremely popular in the 1960s for these very reasons. The wide beaded neckline is pretty enough without needing a necklace. Fluidity was particularly important to Muir who ensured comfort in all her clothes. This LBD (Little Black Dress) is the only one you are ever gonna need. Measures: 36/37" bust, up to 28" waist, 17" from shoulder to waist (great for those of you with long torsos) and 49" long shoulder to hem. Just type in Ralph Lauren Black Label Dress in Google and you will see that this is likely a $1,300+ dress original price! Doesn't matter as I sell beautiful dresses from 1800's through Today.
You can watch the Spring 1995 Versace runway show on Youtube. I sold this same item as a dress some years ago and had called Calvin Klein's offices to confirm the date. The lining is fairly thin, so you may even want to wear a slip under... :) Seems this Saks label is from the 70s, but hard to know if this dress is from the 50's, 70s or the 90s... You can see the ladylike shape, back zipper is hand stitched... See photos to see what you will see under bright lights, including underarm staining. Love the asymmetrical almost Grecian draping of the bodice, the skinny self belt, the modified wrap skirt (no leg will show), the inverted pleat skirt back with 1" train... Measures: up to 38" bust, 30" waist, up to 44" hips, 56" long from shoulder to hem in front, 57" long in back, slightly long-waisted at 16.5" shoulder to waist. Simple black straight skirt with elastic waist (gotta love St. ) and a very low "v" front jacket cut to the wide inset waistband with three little rhinestone buttons, baby peplum and c. Wear the skirt alone with just about anything in your closet and pair the jacket for a variety of looks. What's more fun to wear to an elegant picnic (back in the 1950s) than a dress in the classic picnic tablecloth design? ) silk satin gown embroidered with beading on both the satin and the matching chiffon panels at the front. The gown has horsehair hip panniers inside (though would have been worn with loads of petticoats or hoop as well. You gotta wonder where Doris was, or what she was doing to burn her hem area!! Not a form-fitted gown, but gives the illusion of such with the beading. Just seems to be of the quality only seen in older pieces. This dress is so perfect for spring time if worn with a cardigan sweater, or perfect for summer! He was elected into the Smithsonian Institute representing American Designers from 1970-1980. It's a fairly thick knit, so don't be wearin' this in the heat! When she launched her first collection in 1970, Ms. NOTE: I've contacted a few museums to check on the authenticity of these glasses, and have found that there were a few slightly different versions (in various museums), some with the grommets, some without. IN THE ORIGINAL BOX which stamped with "Made in France" and handwritten in pencil, "8 pieces Courreges". Measures: up to 38" bust, 17" across back between armseams, up to 28" waist (measures 31" waist, but trying on, this seemed best), up to 39" hips, 13" waist to crotch, 43" long outer leg, 32" inseam, 25" long sleeves. Or you need to wrap yourself in 3 pashminas so you end up looking like a mummy. And there are all over gold beads throughout for a little extra sparkle. Her clothes were emancipated, flowing, and had a timeless quality to them." Yup, that just about sums up this dress! You can start the evening high and go lower each hour... :) Even the shoulder detail (which I would probably add some rhinestone to... It looks fine from the exterior, but the inner lining hem is just ugly from the inside only. 2 layers of blues, purples, pinks and yellow silk crepe chiffon in a very muted plaid over a light blue lining/slip.Three large black buttons close the coat at the high empire seaming. Measures: up to 37" bust, 31" waist skirt, 27" long skirt. It might have worked under dull lighting, but the discolorations were just making be upset... Her family was in the insurance business and remained wealthy through the Depression. This dress with matching bolero is dated: September 30, 1959 with the customer name of Mrs. you will need a smallish back with most of your 35" upfront. This is one of those outfits that will wow if you know how to display that lining!! There is a stiff thin crinoline attached which will need a bit of a hemming as it peeks out of hem at side. Excellent condition (someone had added a strap at some point, now gone... Wear for a gala affair with ballgown, or with jeans for an evening out. Measures: up to 32" bust, 19" long from shoulder to hem. Rodgers and Silverman continued this practice in their designs and were known for their Americanized versions of Balenciaga designs." This is one of the early dresses prior to the 1959 label. Excellent condition with just a few, very minor, light spots (you shouldn't care... Measures: up to 36" bust, up to 26" waist, up to 37/38" hips, 22" long skirt. He designed gowns for Jane Russell, Liza Minelli, Judy Garland, Dolores Hope, Jan Clayton, Dinah Shore, and many of the Ambassadors wives during the Reagan Administration. page=lifestory&pid=143451392#fb Logged Out he became one of the foremost designers from 1960-1990. just needs a few very easy stitches at the neckline (see photos)... Richards' designs were sold at Saks Fifth Avenue and other specialty stores. Measures: up to 34" bust, up to 26/27" waist, up to 40" hips, Tulip shape hem at front, 60" long at back. 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! A few of her garments went up for auction, and I scooped this piece up! This one is probably more of an apres ski outfit (as it's not waterproof), but certainly could have been worn on the slopes. So you adore the white jersey ruched gown above, but don't want to spend that much? the Givenchy gown Audrey Hepburn wore in the movie "Sabrina", then you will understand why I just HAD to offer this gown for sale on my website, even though the condition isn't what I would normally allow. Then add black velvet ribbon to the bodice or straps or waist or something to make it all look like it's meant to be (see the others for inspiration! I'm sure at some point there will be a movie made of his life. basically a strapless dress with "T" necklace attached. Originally hired as a stylist for Saks by Adam Gimbel, in 1929 Sophie was asked to take over the Salon Moderne of Saks Fifth Avenue. So if you are like me who can't stand to wear party dresses that you want to rip off as soon as can, you will love this! Comes with the original rope beaded sash with beaded loop tassles. Richilene was actually husband and wife team Ilene and Richard Pacun which debuted in 1971. Measures: 35/36" bust, up to 27/28" waist, 39.5" long from waist to hem (perfect for me at 5'2" with heels), 56" long from "shoulder" to hem. The only issue I could find is a problem with one end of the ribbon sash (you can easily just get a new ribbon sash, or cut shorter by 12" ish - I left as is for you to see the correct original length). American Red Cross Volunteer patch is also sewn on the one arm. But then I see Renee Zellweger or some other star wearing yellow and try it on again... :) Incredibly, this is the 2nd of these dresses I've found! In July 2011, Vanity Fair Magazine voted Jacqueline de Ribes as one of the "International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame" recipients. first thing you need to know about this dress is that the zipper is hidden IN THE FRONT! I sold another Jaqueline de Ribes dress that I found the original ad for the dress at $7,000 when new in the 1980s!!! Measures: up to 36" bust, up to 28" slightly empire waist, 54-55" long from shoulder to hem (with 4" hem). Oh, and from my research A Hattie Carnegie Original, mind you! Why didn't all designers and shops think ahead and date all their pieces?? Now look at the design of the bodice on this beauty... Measures: 36" bust, up to 30" waist, 41" long from shoulder to hem. Purchased while visiting Fontana (Booklet with Gift Receipt Form).The swing sleeves are the special design element here! Only wish I could find an advertisement or fashion layout for this coat. Even his fairly recent documentary is entitled "Ultrasuede - In Search of Halston". I hate new summer dresses because they seem to all be made of, and lined in rayon which doesn't breathe and makes me sweat. This one is an classic Hawaiian print in two shade of orange and off-white with low scoop neck in front, defined waistband and a mock wrap low "v" back ("mock" as it won't fly open to expose your derriere. She was quite tall (5-8") and was a great beauty, but her height was a mark of shame as it was tall for a woman then, and caused her to stoop in high school. Measures: 57" long from shoulder to hem in front, 68" long in back. A wool with matching faux fur trim at collar and cuffs. Measures: up to 34" bust, 28" waist on the skirt, 40" hips on skirt. H Ragge (or Rogge) Lovely simple shape sleeveless dress with scoop neckline at front and square neckline at back, lightly gathered waist skirt, kick pleats at back and even a RARE off center back metal zipper than hides in the design!!! had to lighten a bit to see the design and detail... JUST fits me and I wear a 32F bra (crazy I know - I'm really not that big, but it's the small ribcage and back you will need!!! And then, well then comes the unique and wonderful double layered skirt with asymmetrical "scarf". but there is a tiny remnant you can remove if you care. And as you can see from the write-up, a very talented designer with impeccable skills. You could wear this dress today to dinner and look perfectly modern, or vintage it up with vintage accessories if you prefer. and won't see them unless you look over carefully). you can't tell me you would know if this as a Chanel suit or not? Only those who know to look for the chain at inside back or some other telltale sign would even guess it wasn't. Nope, frankly I used to covet Ungaro dresses in the 1980s as they were so figure flattering. So here's a black boucle textured suit with lovely frog decor at neckline, two tassel ties at neck, turned up cuffs, skirt with 3 adorable buttons at the lower side, classic 4 pocket boxy jacket and trimmed in ribbon, braid and beading! He was elected into the Smithsonian Institute representing American Designers from 1970-1980. something I could probably do, but I'm a lousy seamstress, so best for me to leave it alone. Richards closed her fashion business in the mid-1990s. I will give you a COA from stating that with a photo of the original box on that COA. otherwise you would likely have heard of "the richest little girl in the world" whose father, a tobacco baron, died in 1925 and left his 12-year-old daughter $25 million (remember this is 1925 money... It's a black heavy soft plush fabric trimmed in black leather. It's all about the straight sheathe under the flowing overskirt!!! And Helena Barbieri is a great higher end department store label from the 1950s. Perhaps best known for creating Dustin Hoffman's red sequined gown for Tootsie, his clients included Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Mick Jagger, Joan Collins, etc! In her role as lead fashion designer, she often traveled to Paris to purchase clothes from designers. Salon Moderne was not particularly successful or prestigious prior to her arrival. Once you know Vintage quality, you will find it hard to buy new! Brooks emerged with a few other American designers after World War II. Looks great on the size 6 mannequin of 35/25/36, and yet will stretch much larger, and will also look good if you are slightly smaller. They specialized in cocktail party and evening wear. If you plan to wear off the shoulder, not as great for people like me with narrow shoulders. The cap has buttons at back to create the hat shape, otherwise it lays flat for easy transport.... There is little I have to say about this dress other than I look lousy in yellow... The previous one was a dress, this is a gown with a matching reversible shawl. There are two great pockets inside as well (unexpected, but nice touch! For all of you who know any of the crazy women (oops...you one?? She married to become a Countess and was well known as a style maker long before she became a designer. So just to give you a clue as the value of this label! A bit flashy for the wife of the Leader of the Free World. I'm gonna suggest you go look at the photos first so you can see the wild pink, red and white silk blouse of wacky ducks under the jacket which matches the lining of the jacket! I just love when items stay together for 60+ years! :) I could be wrong, but I'm thinking there might have been a bow at the collar of the jacket. it's what you might expect from the best or the best Ceil Chapman... "James Galanos is an American fashion designer, widely considered to be one the world's foremost 20th century couturiers." No, I didn't write that, but just want you to know the pedigree of this dress. Please note: the labels you see hang from the interior hanger straps, so these may have been original wholesale tags for sale to a department store (as there is no Galanos label inside the dress), so might have been sold for boutique to sew in their own label (it was done at high-end boutiques! NOTE: in 1961, his chiffon dresses sold in shops for $475 - $800! Donated by Fran Hutchings." I just love having the absolute dating of an item!She would be glorious with long black gloves and perhaps a smashing red hat. there are just a couple moth nips and just one tiny moth hole in front (see photos). So if you are looking for a piece of 1970's history, this is it. I love the fact that the zippers here were "front and center" on the jacket and on the cuffs. Give me an old-fashioned, unlined cotton summer dress!!! Not that anyone seems too concerned about that these days). She tried unsuccessfully to be a model, and perhaps the stoop ruined her possible career. When I first saw this Pierre Cardin label with the Japanese characters, I was more than surprised. The gowns were very high quality ready-to-wear, manufactured in limited editions. The entire tulip shaped skirt is hooped to stand out as you see it. Gathered bodice and gathered skirt with two silk matching flowers. Sadly the gown is a small waist size, and it's not perfect... Wrap style jacket with matching and original tie sash. This is a 1970's design so it fits tight across the back and the sleeves. The wide necked jacket is classic early 1960s/Jackie Kennedy look. ), up to 27" waist (if you want to breathe, you might want to be up to 26" waist, up to 38" hips (very tight so if you want to sit, go smaller), 41" long from shoulder to hem with an extra 4" in hem (it was hemmed up, but I like at this length so I'm leaving for you). This same dress is currently listed elsewhere for $1,200!! The bodice has a high turtleneck that can be worn up or down (I show it both ways) with buttons on the side. This dress Measures: up to 40" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 41" hips. This is the one suit you will go to again and again in your closet. He designed gowns for Jane Russell, Liza Minelli, Judy Garland, Dolores Hope, Jan Clayton, Dinah Shore, and many of the Ambassadors wives during the Reagan Administration. page=lifestory&pid=143451392#fb Logged Out he became one of the foremost designers from 1960-1990. is made to flip over and blouson at the slightly low waistline... So the only REAL issue is one small spot at the low waistline (see photos). 48" long from shoulder to hem hiked up, 57" long when pulled down. This gown is probably late 1970's - early 1980's... So now to wait while you look at the photos of the problems... there is a wide length around the hemline that has waterspotting, and there is one area at lower side skirt that has 4 holes :(. His crystal sequined bras would retail for $1,400 (nearly $3,000 today). but Sophie designed costumes for Broadway to generate interest and bring in new business. Labeled Size 8 but measures: up to 35/36" bust, up to 27/28" waist (if you move a button), up to 36" hips, 20" long skirt. Yeah, I know, that's what I said to myself, and I should know more than most! He did not become as famous as Bill Blass and Geoffrey Beene, but within the industry, they were know as "the three B's of fashion." Mr. A NY Times article commented in 1986 that “debs debut, playgirls party and maidens marry” in Richilene. If you are planning a "maiden" wedding, you can't find a better gown. you wouldn't want to have to transport a hat box on the front lines! ) The mother-of-pearl buttons on the dress are fantastic as well.... Rare to find exactly the same vintage dress twice... And this one was also created for a va-va-voom figure. except for the stitch marks as mentioned and extreme minor speckles on the LINING only of the lower gown. If you'd rather have this as a dress, looks equally fantastic, so just hem up to your liking. ) who crashed Target's website and trampled fellow shoppers to get the "Missoni for Target" items.... Nope, it's not one of my usual high-end designer pieces, but you'd never know from the look!! Love the empire waist with the large bow attached at the front. The blouse has ties that can be worn as you see, or in a bow, or tucked inside (I show all 3 ways. There are minor seam stitchmarks at the sides as it looks to have been enlarged ever so slightly. Damn me for even bringing it up, but I like to tell you everything I'm thinking, otherwise I won't be able to sleep at night. white linen VINTAGE is usually impossible to find in near mint condition without any yellowing, or darkening, or graying, or whatever. intricate gathering which continues down to the upper hipline and then comes the MASSIVE bubble hemline skirt with attached black net lining! Measures: 33/34" bust, 25.5/26" waist, 44" long from natural waist to hem. Dress measures: 34" bust, 25/26" waist (inner band is 25"), 41" long from shoulder to hem (with additional 2.5 in hem). Too bad no designer label remains, but I'm sure it would have been a good one! The black bodice underslip looks to have lightened (browned) a bit, but it doesn't really matter... Oh, and with the inflation calculator, this would have been a modern day $2,000 dress. This outfit doesn't have the "wow" factor of many of the items on my website...otherwise it will wear like the one Kelly is wearing... Measures; 33" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 40" hips, 56" long from shoulder to hem in front, 60" long in back. and that brilliant BRILLIANT rhinestone ornamental buckle. Oh, and Lila Wallace was famous and important enough in 1949 to be on the front cover of Time Magazine!!! Measures: up to 40" bust, 26-33" elastic waist skirt, up to 40" hips, 27" long skirt, 22" long jacket. :) Measures: 35/36" bust, 25/26" waist, 42" long from waist to hem in front, 44" long in back. You can find these soutache embroidered Mexican jackets at all price ranges. Beautiful large scale floral print in shades of lavender, blue and a soft green over a white polished cotton background. Measures: 34-38" bust, 26" waist, up to 37" hips, 21" long skirt. though the waist seems to have been taken in one side about 1/2 inch. ) for some fashionable young woman who knew already knew how fabulous Bob Mackie was way back when. He designed gowns for Jane Russell, Liza Minelli, Judy Garland, Dolores Hope, Jan Clayton, Dinah Shore, and many of the Ambassadors wives during the Reagan Administration. page=lifestory&pid=143451392#fb Logged Out he became one of the foremost designers from 1960-1990. Richards joined a small group of Los Angeles designers who helped expand the California market beyond swimsuits and shorts. So I went on a hunt for photos to PROVE the ones with grommets are just as Original! but 8 pairs of these extremely rare sunglasses of old store stock left in a box - untouched in over 40+ years!!!! The glasses are each still wrapped in a plastic wrap, and laying in waiting. A lightweight, softish white plastic with writing on the inside of the glasses (or at least the one I opened) with a Patent number and the word "Depose" embossed in the plastic and the word "Courreges" in silver on the exterior earpiece. If this sounds like you, and you want to find a dress that's warm enough (but not too warm incase you get a hot flash), and feels like a comfy sweater (as the base is a black knit! Pretty color purple jersey with decorative squiggles of color. The matching collection dress is currently for sale elsewhere for $725. perhaps that's a bit extreme, but you larger gals (and when I say larger, I mean those who don't have the vintage size 2 bodies! Measures: 41" bust, up to 32" waist, up to 40" hips, 26" from waist to hem, and seems to be a bit long waisted (so you short-waisted gals should likely need to know this). The belt wraps around from the halter so you can tie in front, or in back or whatever you want. The only thing to mention is that the skirt lining is slightly longer than the ruffle-y chiffon hem in areas. Unique color combo and design (see the close-up photos).If you look about, you will find some Lanvin-Castillo coats for sale, but if you look closely, you will see that those are NOT the originals, they are authorized reproductions. An original Jeanne Lanvin / Antonio del Castillo MUSEUM QUALITY and DESIGN heavy (very heavy! I just grabbed a black one to see the detail, but the look will change depending what color you wear under! you can wear the skirt separately or with the jacket, but just imagine that jacket with black pants or jeans, or whatever else you can imagine. I dated the gown based on the obviously same collection gown from the Museum of the City of New York. Deaccession from a museum...fantastic complete outfit of simple tailored (and beautifully constructed with interesting seaming) shift dress with a yoke of hot pink check. But some just jump out at you screaming "I'm the best". Hiding behind another similar jacket that didn't hold a candle to this one. Fitted bodice with horizontal pleating in modified shelf bust construction. (I know from the 1993 article in New York Magazine). I have another up for sale with a PEACE theme, and one "Miro" art theme... Always architectural in style, Mugler's fashions are destined for museums. even exhibited at the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC! comes this pretty dark blue silk dress with tiny little red/white/pink/green print in a flattering style! I would have loved to have this in my closet back in my younger years during the 70s. He was elected into the Smithsonian Institute representing American Designers from 1970-1980. She made evening gowns and special-occasion clothes in such luxury fabrics as silk, velvet and lace. as it's impossible to hide it in jersey, you may want to get a bit creative and scatter a few rhinestones on the gown, or applique tiny black circles and a very scattered design along that front skirt. Check out the photos of 1960's top model Jean Shrimpton in these glasses... artist Salvatore Dali wearing these Courreges glasses with grommets!!!! (OK, I touched one just to take the photograph and to look it over... I WAS selling these glasses complete in the box for one price... Clear buttons down front with wide shoulders and feminine bow tie at collar. An interesting fact about her pieces - each of her dresses were made one at a time and by one single person start to finish. Measures: 42" bust, up to 32" waist ,up to 42" hips, 62" long from shoulder to hem... Comes with COA from Andre Van Pier/FIT as worn by Liza Minnelli. White linen dress with seamed waist and Va-Va-Voom "Jessica Rabbit" bodice topped with so pretty white lace flowers on a sheer nude yoke - so from afar you will look .... And then it makes those white cap sleeves look like they are floating in mid-air!! There is a opaque nude fabric to cover the breasts so you don't have to worry about showing too much. Measures: up to 26" waist, up to 35" hips, 17.5" long from waist to hem, 34" around hemline. Don't know if this is original, or if it just happened from being on a hanger, but for those who care about this.. If the belt isn't original, it's wonderful with it.. All knit, but should fit best for up to 40" bust, up to 36" waist, up to 40" hips, 43" long from shoulder to hem.
) wool coat in a deep tomato red color with black silk lining. I doubt I will ever do this again, as I doubt I'll ever get a lace this strong. The gown is lovely with a small train in back, nice seaming, great split fluttery cap sleeves, and hugs the body with the bias cut. If you are like me and need to wear a bra, you can add a satin ribbon or something across the back at bra level. Dramatic black, romantic light blue, wedding white, skin colored nude, Edwardian pink, whatever! Here's the link to that gown: that Bergdorf Goodman (high end department store) dated their specially made or tailored garments!!! Compare to Valentino prices today for a silk dress... The matching black worsted silk coat stays open at the front (no closures) and has a long slit up back to show off the fabulous matching hot pink checked silk lining!! Even the toggles are made of bone, not plastic or something else. The most fascinating thing is that if you look very closely, you will see what looks like the remainder of paper under the soutache so the embroidery looks like it was hand assembled from a pattern placed on the jacket. The skirt is gathered at the waistline for a very full silhouette. This is of equal quality as very square millimeter of this jacket is covered with sequins and beads in incredibly intricate design. this one I call "circus" for that crazy guy hanging upsidedown on the shoulder! I have a Mugler white jacket in my closet that I will not part with! Mugler suits originally sold for thousands of dollars. Wide square neckline, seaming under bust and at waist, 3/4 length sleeves. From the Vintage Label Resource: "The label “Shannon Rodgers for Jerry Silverman” was established in 1959. Wear as you see it, or add a crinoline skirt for pouf, and/or where a wide leather belt with fringe (also very 70s! He designed gowns for Jane Russell, Liza Minelli, Judy Garland, Dolores Hope, Jan Clayton, Dinah Shore, and many of the Ambassadors wives during the Reagan Administration. page=lifestory&pid=143451392#fb Logged Out he became one of the foremost designers from 1960-1990. and I've lightened most of the additional photos so you can see details and seaming. She said she learned the basics about style while working as an actress in her 20s. I'm sure you can figure a way to hide that hole and allow you to be thrilled with the fact that your body is gonna look... or each separately (as I know there will be many who don't need/want all 8 pair). Excellent condition with just two small spots (see photos) found. A dark navy blue jersey ruched gown with slightly off the shoulder neckline and criss-crossed ruched bodice ending in a wonderful drape down the front of the gown. and this is quite stretchy, so will stretch even more if you need it! But you will need a low-back bra with nude or sheer straps. Excellent condition BUT you will see in the second to last photo that there is a bit of very light yellowing down the sides of the dress. You know you will be feeling sexy in this tight red pencil skirt with the black satin (or is that satan! Charm it up with a lady-like blouse and pumps, or hell... This will give you a tight wiggle walk so don't try getting on a bus! The red color is less intense than you might see on your screen, perhaps more the color of the tag above. This nearly complete outfit (all you'll need are shoes! The gray and white thin striped cotton dress and additional pieces of the white epaulets, white collar, gray matching belt and cap are all separate pieces that luckily were not lost over the years. If you love Jean Desses all ruched dresses, you should love this look. just takes a quick stitch to raise the hem a smidge. I'm still considering keeping this dress for myself!!!!! I keep thinking how much Barbra Streisand would like this dress! This outfit came from a museum deaccession with the museum tag reading: "July, 1959 Italian, Fontana of Roma suitdress of bright navy silk/wool nubby fabric.
Castillo designed for the House of Lanvin from 1950-1962. I was offered this gown to sell, and when it arrived it was a very dull tea color with discolorations. for the FIRST TIME, I decided to try to clean something. However, this was a cotton lace, and I knew it was gonna hold up under my possible mistakes. it took 4 tries of soaking in Oxyclean to turn this dull discolored gown into the pristine white gown in original condition!!! Excellent, near mint condition with one rhinestone missing in belt (I'll try to fix) and a miniscule "rust" mark at snap/hook back. The original owner was a woman born in 1910, and in the 1930's took advantage of Manhattan's nightlife (commuting from her parents' home in New Jersey). It's a perfect snapshot of the era, down to the exact date!!!! Excellent condition and the best jacquard fuchsia silk. Measures: 35/36" bust, 25/26" waist, up to 39" hips, 23" long from natural waist. Comes with a scarf probably meant to be worn as a neck bow (as I've shown). And the special detail is the red material inside the pockets that just pop! Shown with a crinoline for additional fullness (doesn't come with it). Measures: 34/35" bust, 28/29" waist, 30" long skirt. Especially ones that are as much a piece of artwork as a garment. This oneis totally multicolored to wear with black I guess to let the jacket shine. This Mugler suit is of a very lightweight wool (labeled peignee) ... Wide padded shoulders, though not as wide as the 80's suits. Rodgers previously designed for the movies and later worked with Silverman at Martini, a dress company that did adaptations of Paris designs. Measures: up to 35" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 39" hips, 58 long from shoulder to hem. He was elected into the Smithsonian Institute representing American Designers from 1970-1980. Richards' client list glittered with socialites and movie stars, including Nancy Reagan when she was first lady of California in the 1970s and actress Victoria Principal in the 1980s. yes, I'm gonna say that word I hate to say as it's so overused... But one pair has already SOLD, so the complete box is no longer available. Wear the collar up or down (probably a hook/eye missing, but that's about the only issue!!! Measures: up to 38" bust, 45" long from shoulder to hem. If you look very closely at the fabric (especially seen in the back photos) you will see a light striping in the fabric which goes in a horizontal pattern in the back and diagonally at the front. So if your favorite gown of all time is the same as mine.... So if you're a genius, you can try getting cleaned, but if that doesn't work...consider black applique design around hemline to cover the waterspots and holes. Here's the sad story of Andre Van Pier, a designer who reached the pinnacle in the celebrity fashion industry in the 1980s, and died alone and broke and buried by the State in an unmarked grave in August 2008. The 24" long jacket is open at front, meant to be worn as you see. You can just image Liza Minnelli in this, but I have not yet found any photos of her wearing it. I didn't see that under I photographed the dress under the bright lights. The look was perfect for TV's "Nashville" star, As the fashion critics were quoted, "Seriously cute, if you ask us! The skirt is fully lined in satin (again with the "satan"? Hard to tell you as all monitors are different, but it's not a screaming red, and I'd say with a blue undertone (for those red people who need to know! I'd keep this in a heartbeat if my hips were smaller than Miss Piggy's! Fully knit tops, skirts, gowns and dresses covered all over with beads and/or sequins. Because they are as comfortable to wear as they are beautiful. This one is one of the best I've seen in nearly 30D scrolls and flowers. The American Red Cross Volunteer pin is pinned on the chest pocket above the large red cross embroidered patch which is sewn on. I keep hoping I look better than I think I do, but then I see photos and wonder WHY!! Measures: 35/36" bust, up to 30/31" waist, up to 39" hips, 23" long from natural waist to hem. So if you see this listing is gone, you know what happened. She used to wear that "sailor" collar and bow ties all the time!! The dress has shoulder pads, and additional shoulder pads between the double collar to make sure it stands out as you see. Measures: up to 36" bust, up to 31" waist, up to 39" hips. If I can stuff my bra enough, perhaps I'll wear it for my Xmas party if you don't get it first. Purchased while on a fashion fabric tour of Europe in 1959.
If you know Bob Mackie, you will know that there are lots of different quality pieces. 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. A sash like this will make it look like the smoking jacket. I'm sure at some point there will be a movie made of his life. So you can just imagine the cost of this dress new! Comes with COA from Andre Van Pier/FIT as worn by Liza Minnelli. you may have to adjust the straps to best fit you.. I saw a Norell dress of similar double-breasted design dated from Bergdorf's to 1966, as well as a double-breasted coat sketch. The beauty of this piece is that it can be worn alone, or worn as a jumper with a blouse under... Measures: 40" bust, up to 35" waist, up to 42" hips, 39" long from shoulder to hem. It DOES look incredibly cute on, but seems a wacky story. it's staying up on the website while I try to grow longer arms! Most people list these Holly Hoelscher shirtwaist dresses as "1950's", but most, I believe, are from the early to mid 1960's. NOTE: the original belt is missing, so I just added one, but it doesn't come with it. A lovely, lovely dress of a butterfly print with 3-Dimensional butterflies on self-belt and on the cross-front neckline. Could be sewn back to original size to hide any issues there. Oh, and Lila Wallace was famous and important enough in 1949 to be on the front cover of Time Magazine!!! One of the last dresses from the Dupont estate collection. Anne Fogerty was special enough to have her own ROOM at Lord & Taylor back in the 1960s! I am not usually an orange lover, but this one dress may have single-handedly changed my mind about that. Measures: 33/34" bust, up to 28" waist, 54" long from shoulder to hem. From info at Georgeglazer.com: "Kathryn Kuhn was a prolific New York City fashion and costume designer and custom couturier for over 50 years. but then comes the attached half-circle chiffon scarf the drapes dramatically at the back. You will find tiny holes where those feathers were sewn on... Especially the ones she wore at the Captain's Table when on cruises with her husband... She dressed many a pageant contestant, and perhaps one of her most famous gowns is the "chain" gown which helped Ms. it has the classic late 1940's/ early 1950's padded hips to give that hourglass shape to the jacket! Black crepe completely covered with VERY long black silk fringe all over the skirt... LOVE the design in the fringe at the top front and back of bolero and on the waist to hip area around the skirt!! Measures: up to 42" bust, up to 38" waist, up to 44" hips, 60" long from shoulder to hem. Measures: up to 40" bust, but looks great on the mannequin at 35" bust as well! The dress you will break out each and every time nothing else will do. Black dress full of squiggles of black round beads with the occasional black jet bead drop in front and back. Lined with a fine cotton in the skirt and satin at the bodice. ;) Measures: up to 40" bust, up to 30" waist, up to 41" hips, 23" long from waist to hem. Obviously originally it came with an underdress (unless this woman was sexier than Cher! Sadly the underdress is gone, but I'm sure it's easy to get a new one... Attached on the dress is a hand signed tag from Andre Van Pier with Liza Minnelli's name!!! Comes with COA from Andre Van Pier/FIT as worn by Liza Minnelli. This is equally as beautiful (if not more) than those jackets. Guess that's one of the reasons for the original high price tag. and others were worn by the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, etc. and then I have this gown, which is not of the top quality you might expect from Mr. even though I assume this gown was still quite expensive when new. Measures: 35/36" bust, 26"- 30" waist, 36"- 42" hips (stretches! Excellent condition, but with most sequin pieces, some sequins have fallen off (see the last few photos to see the 2-3 worst)... :) Do you know how happy I get when I find dresses like this?? Only you vintage lovers (or other collectors) will understand that! And then I love dresses that look like Audrey Hepburn should be wearing it. Measures: 35" bust, up to 25" waist, up to 39" hips, 40" long from shoulder to hem (with 3" hem turned under). Guess that's one of the reasons for the original high price tag. This one is a white sequin background with iridescent yellow, red, and blue sequins with black bugle beads creating the lines.
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. 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)... You will likely never see where the lost beads are unless you are inspecting. Though mermaids don't need that long sexy leg slit! Wonderful sparkling rhinestone buttons are decorative as the jacket closes with three snaps up the front. A regular belt will make it look more like a coat or coatdress. Perhaps best known for creating Dustin Hoffman's red sequined gown for Tootsie, his clients included Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Mick Jagger, Joan Collins, etc! Attached on the dress is a hand signed tag from Andre Van Pier with Liza Minnelli's name. There's nothing much more sparkly than Swarovski crystals (really Swarovski! or even with a turtleneck sweater under for a whole different look! :) The jacket is claret red with a gold circular brocade design. But please look at the photos of the bodice to see that there are two large patch pockets over each breast... The bottom half of this gown is a gorgeous blush and gold textured brocade. Oh, the ivory Mainbocher blouse is available as well, but being sold separately... 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. Love this sheer bold 60s print over an another sheer orange lining. Working out of her New York City townhouse studio, she created innovative formal and elegant to playful and bawdy dresses/gowns for private clients and actresses including Sophie Tucker and Carole Lombard, and for various theatrical productions. And then the uniqueness of this dress is the black ostrich feathers dangling at lower back skirt!!!! so you will know exactly where to attach the replacement feathers. So if I get around to dealing with the feathers myself... Measures: up to 37" bust, up to 28" waist, up to 40" hips, 27" long from waist to hem.. Puerto Rico to win Miss Universe in 2006 (and WHAT a gown that was!! Very Dior or Balenciaga or Irene at a fraction of the cost! and the open fringe all over the separate bolero top! There is a very strange chopped up label inside the waist of this dress. There are belt loops (which can be used with a belt - doesn't come with one - or just cut them off). I just wish we had the original as it would have had a top designer label, I'm sure. This gown came to me from the estate of a woman who wore only the best. There is a bit of strange stitching inside the hem of the jacket, but the exterior seems to be correct, so whatever. ;) Here's the sad story of Andre Van Pier, a designer who reached the pinnacle in the celebrity fashion industry in the 1980s, and died alone and broke and buried by the State in an unmarked grave in August 2008. You can just image Liza Minnelli in this, but I have not yet found any photos of her wearing it. maybe 7 rhinestones missing (see photo) on shoulder (you can purchase loose rhinestones online! There's nothing much more sparkly than a dress made of all silver Swarovski crystals (really Swarovski! I only wish I had movies imbedded in this website so you can see the sparkles as you move! Especially ones that are as much a piece of artwork as a garment. Every square millimeter of this jacket is covered with sequins, beads, pearls in incredibly intricate design... I have another up for sale with a modern art theme. Measures: up to 34" bust (will fit 35" just), 18" long from shoulder to hem. you can easily replace (or have a tailor do it) by using the many sequins left inside the seams. The detailing of the seaming is what truly sets this dress a notch above the rest. oh and the little black satin bow at front is an added bonus touch. Wear for a gala affair with ballgown, or with jeans for an evening out. Measures: up to 35" bust, 18" long from shoulder to hem.
Measures: 34" bust, 27" inner waistband, but will go up to 28" waist, up to 38" hips, 44" long (long! If you are shorter, these are easily hemmed up by a good tailor. He was the head designer from 1964 through 1972 among the ranks of other great Originala designers Marc Bohan and Louis Dell'Olio. at the height of the era of smoking jackets in vogue.... The kind of item that you will treasure in your closet. there is nothing that comes with this and you WILL need something as there are no closures. Here's the sad story of Andre Van Pier, a designer who reached the pinnacle in the celebrity fashion industry in the 1980s, and died alone and broke and buried by the State in an unmarked grave in August 2008. I have the halter straps shown two different ways... so Measures: 34" bust, 29" waist, up to 34" hips, 38-42" long from shoulder to hem. so let me know if you have another name for this fabric! Meanwhile, I DO know that this is a classic Norman Norell day dress from the mid-1960's. Luckily the arms are way too long for me ( at 5'2") so I would need to tailor it, so.... Excellent condition with just some very light scuff marks on satin and extremely minor pulls. but then in 1988, she decided to expand, and in the 90's, she "took New York by storm, dressing socialites, television and Hollywood personalities." Now a sheer beaded and sequin evening blouse for you. 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, 1966 (see photos). 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! Measures: up to 38" bust, up to 28" waist, full hips. all from prestigious high-end designer, Mainbocher. This one sadly doesn't have the label, but all the other pieces were Mainbocher, and this certainly seems to be. all from prestigious high-end designer, Mainbocher. :) Also, the back shows seam marks in the velvet where it was enlarged. The gold metallic thread can look more silver in certain lights, and gold in other lights. that makes the price lower for those of you happy to do the replacing on your own. These are the original buttons and as you see, there are two colors... The original net crinoline comes with it, but it was just pinned in. Just give me a simple black pencil skirt and killer heels and there is nothing classier, nor more rich looking. The exterior black is in quite good (with the exception of the tiny wear/holes at the upper left back (see photos) and there is fading down from one shoulder down the one side. So you have to know that this woman spent quite a bit of money on her gowns. Anyway, it doesn't take away from the fabulousness of this dress! look, I know that people don't wear a lot of suits these days, but you have to agree with me that this one is quite cute! Especially the ones she wore at the Captain's Table when on cruises with her husband... This gown is a completely sheer net covered with silver bugle beads and rhinestones, and as you can see (if you look at the close-up photos), there are opening in the netting so "beaded cutwork" I guess you'd have to call it. (I know from the 1993 article in New York Magazine). I don't know how she does it, but these beads/sequins just don't seem to fall off! Sadly, his career was short lived, perhaps due to the lowering of quality... only because I have some of his TOP quality, obviously originally very expensive pieces (a few I have for sale were worn by Liza Minnelli... You'll need a great body, and/or great low bra for this gown. in what I have to assume is inspired by Joan paintings. I don't know how she does it, but these beads/sequins just don't seem to fall off!
:) I've been trying to research this dress (can you call it that? The three textured buttons have some wear which is only seen on very close inspection (or in my photo). The sign of an expensive jacket is the attention to detail. You can just image Liza Minnelli in this, but I have not yet found any photos of her wearing it. Oh, and Lila Wallace was famous and important enough in 1949 to be on the front cover of Time Magazine!!! I was recently lucky enough to get a few of her pieces... Look at photos to see the bleeding of the pink onto the ivory satin here and there and a few dirt spots. As you can see from the photos, it's a brushed flocked material. Many of her gowns were designed with a similar look.... High boat neckline, simple shape dress with the wide scallop hemline all ruffled with bows at the sides. Measures: up to 36" bust, up to 33" waist, up to 3" hips, 36-39" long from shoulder to hem. in 1987 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. Should become your favorite "go-to" summer dress in your closet! Kuhn started her career as a private dressmaker in 1911. meaning larger than more vintage pieces (which tend to be small). Now sadly two of these ostrich feathers are missing... Otherwise great condition with just slight pulls in fabric and hem could use a stitch or two. ) Her gowns easily sold for $10,000, and are couture (meaning individually designed and created)... This gown is similar to a nude Bob Mackie with the beading covering the possible exposed skin under netting. I love the fact that my mannequin was SO excited to wear this dress that she just couldn't stop from dancing... Could have been the original label, or someone could have just used it as some material. Doesn't seem to be any issues, so it's unexplainable. I'm assuming there was a ribbon tie at the slightly empire waistline as well... One of her other gowns (to go up soon) has the label of "Carlota Alfaro, San Juan, Puerto Rico". Alfaro is a top high fashion designer specializing in haute couture, and is known as "Puerto Rico's grande dame of fashion" and was sold in Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue back when those stores were the most fashionable! it's a wool mohair with slightly dropped waist that can be worn blouson or not. Measures: up to 36" bust, up to 33" waist, up to 52" hips, 49" long from shoulder to hem. I'm sure at some point there will be a movie made of his life. I added two photos of me in a Swarovski Crystal dress from the 1980's (worn in 2010) so you can see just how it will sparkle at your event!!!! ), this dress still has the original tag attached!! This one is obviously multicolored and will match pretty much any color you want to wear with... There is no sequin problem at the front mid-bodice... May have had shoulder pads, but they aren't there now, and aren't missed. After studying jersey and knitwear at Jacqmar and Jaeger, Jean Muir started the label Jane & Jane, and in 1966 started Jean Muir Ltd.